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Feb 24

Are you on your business or in it?

Paul Orfalea, the founder of Kinko’s (that super famous copy center that became FedEx Office) had many great sayings and this was one of them: Are you on your business or in it?

The idea of on/in makes sense for everything in life as it makes sense for everything in business. Being “on” your business means you are developing relationships, planning for the future, opening your eyes to what your competitors are doing better then you, brainstorming the next great feature/function/product/event/service that your business will engage in. Being “in” your business means you are running the cash registers, it means you are talking with your employees about minutia, worrying over the smallest detials, basically losing yourself in the day to day of business.

There’s definitely a need for the balance but being “on” the business gives you some perspective on where things are going. This relates so much to life as well.. how often do you step back and look at your life objectively and think about your goals, your ambitions, your deepest desires without getting caught up in the day to day. 

Stop getting caught up in the day to day, take a step back at look at the beauty that is your business and your life. We don’t have long on this earth so it’s best to take a look from a different lens every once and a while.

When you are getting caught up in minutia and you get frustrated, ask you self if you are being on your business or in it? Maintain the balance.


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