LeaderSHIP – you are the boat, not the train

Successful business owners understand that they need to think and act differently from employees if they are going to achieve their goals.

In this post, we look at some of the key differences between employees and business owners, in terms of their mentalities and career paths, using the analogy of boat (business owner) vs train (employee).

Understanding this concept and what it means can deliver real benefits in terms of our ability to lead, build teams and manage our businesses successfully.

Business mentality and success

Most business owners make the transition from being an employee, and it can be difficult to adapt your thinking and mentality to that of a business owner, but it’s a vital step towards achieving your goals.

Having the right mentality, and understanding the key differences between the goals, thinking and skills needed to be a great employee and a great business owner is the first part of this process.

The train – the way of the employee

For the purpose of this concept, the career path and mentality required to be a successful employee is best likened to that of a train.

Like a train, it takes a lot of initial effort to get a career as an employee moving, in terms of school, further education and training, and once on that track, you’re on a set path – it can be difficult to get off or change direction.

The destination of this career path is limited, always determined by someone else and whether or not you get to the destination you want to get to is at least partially determined by others.

As an employee, you’ll always be following someone else, and whilst this means you don’t have to worry about the final destination, you can’t choose it.

If you want to switch careers, you’ll probably have to spend a lot of effort to get your new career moving, and you’ll still be on someone else’s tracks, helping them to achieve their goals.

The boat – the way of the employee

As a business owner, you’re like a boat, with a different path, opportunities and challenges to those facing the trains of the world, as without your input and direction, your career as a business owner won’t go anywhere.

You’re the master of your own destination, choosing the direction you want to go, and setting the course to get there. There are no set tracks, and you needn’t follow anyone – you are free to set your own goals, and it is your responsibility to achieve them, and to keep yourself afloat and moving forward.

Although you’ll face challenges, just like boats have to deal with the tides, winds and weather, it’s how you respond to these challenges and harness opportunities which will ultimately determine whether you reach your destination or not.

How Coach Pam can help

Developing the right mentality has the potential to transform your business, but it can be a real challenge. Take the first steps towards owning and running a better business today and book your free, no-obligation consultation with Coach Pam by calling 07540 888016.

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