For the Educator-Entrepreneur in the New Year

 

By Charles Sosnik

 

I think it was the immortal Drew Carey who said, “If life beats you down long enough, sooner or later life will get tired.” Or said another way, Illegitimi non carborundum. That’s Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.”

If you are one of the 30 percent of Americans who are self-employed or working on contract, life can be a day-to-day struggle. But it doesn’t have to be. Even if you are a master of the five Ps (Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance), you will have many days that will rattle you to your foundation. But even if you can’t change what happens, you can change the way you react to what happens.

One of the two best pieces of advice I got when I was a young man starting out in business was, there will always be problems in business. What makes a business a good business is whether most of your problems are interesting. The other valuable word of advice: it’s not personal. In business, you often need to separate yourself from your problem. Look at it objectively and then work the problem.

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