Today we’re switching gears a little, and we’re going to start talking about what makes you you, and why that’s important when choosing a home based business.
Earlier in this series, we talked about why people quit, or avoid starting, a business. If you’ve started and quit a home-based business in the past, the problem might not be you. It might not be the business. Rather, it may have been a poor match of the type of business to your Personal Design Profile; all the things that work together to make you who you are and determine your “sweet spot”.
I know that’s the case with me. I’ve had financial success in several ventures, but ultimately moved on because they just didn’t “fit”. For example, some of the businesses that I’ve started and seen other moms start from home are direct sales businesses. There is no shortage of direct sales opportunities, with seemingly a new company coming along every other day. There are entire websites devoted to helping a person decide which direct-sales business is best and how to succeed with this business model.
With such a wide array of options and so much help, why do so many people quit these businesses after about two months while obviously many others experience high levels of success with these same businesses? Is the fault with the particular company? Well, sometimes. After all, they are not all created equally or by the same people. But usually not, because in each of them there are successful people. Then it must be that some people are just more successful than others.There is some truth to that as well, but it’s not based on luck and not always bassed how hard you’re willing to work. It’s also based on how well our chosen business matches who we are.
You were probably told as a child “You can do anything you want to do if you just try hard enough”. John Maxwell, World-famous authority on leadership says that’s not entirely true. (And may I just say thank you John, for saying it out loud!) He says that you can do anything that you are gifted to do (Put Your Dream to the Test).
Too many people are trying desperately to succeed at something that they simply were not designed to do. Success comes when you understand yourself well enough to know what your’e good at and enjoy, and when what you do is an outpouring of who you are.
Later in this series we’re going to look at several business models, comparing some of the features of each, and helping you get an idea of which might suit you best.
It all comes back to who you are and what you were designed to do. For the next several days we’re going to take a closer look at your Personal Design Profile. We’ll look at variables like:
- your spiritual gifts
- your personality
- your talents
- your experiences
- your passions
- your hobbies
If you’ve never explored a business idea through the lens of who you are, you’re in for a treat. It’s fun and rewarding to learn more about yourself as you go through these exercises, and it’s exciting to see how God is weaving together the elements of your individual design to create His beautiful tapestry that is you.
No homework today. Just come back tomorrow ready to dig in and explore the intricate person that is you, and start to see how God is showing you the way to your ideal business.