My blog last week really seemed to hit a nerve with a lot of people – challenging this façade of perfect business that’s so easy to get suckered into and slowly destroys our souls.
And surrounding this is the hype of everyone saying how fabulously well they’re doing.
You know, when you go networking and people ask each other “how’s business?”
And they reply “yeah, really great, we’re really busy, turnover’s up and we’re employing loads more people, things are going really well”
Sometimes it’s true, but usually it’s not.
There’s something bothering them, usually a big challenge in the business, something they’re worried about. But they’re putting on a brave face; they can’t afford to be seen as anything less than super successful.
Now I know there’s a line here, we can’t go around saying we’re worried about cash flow or losing a key customer. But couldn’t we be just a bit more honest and be willing to discuss the tougher elements of business so that we could learn from and support each other more?
I think networking conversations would be a lot more interesting and we might find more ways to genuinely help each other.
I don’t know about you but even after over 18 years running a business I still find it a pretty lonely job. And in my earlier days I can still vividly remember how crushed I used to feel after networking events – it seemed everyone except me had it cracked.
They were all “successful” and I wasn’t.
Now I know that was mostly all crap!
Sharing a bit of vulnerability might just make someone else feel less alone in their problems and help you with yours.