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Can Business Teach You to Become a Better Person?

In this blog post we are taking a minute just to reflect specifically on ourselves, business owners. When you really stop to think about all the years you have been in business do you ever think about if you are a better person than when you started? I know, it’s a heavy question. But think about it–do you like who you are? Do you like who you have become? Do you like what your business has become? If you had to answer “no” to any of those questions take heart in knowing that who you are is always something you can change. 

Here are some takeaways that we have learned that have helped us love the person in the mirror.

  1. Hire a team that supports your core values. It sounds almost too obvious to write but more and more businesses are putting greater emphasis on keeping seats filled then ensuring that the individual is a culture fit. We know that they are both extremely important but you will find greater long term happiness when your teams are occupied with people that support your vision and values. That doesn’t mean that you are less diverse or that everyone has to think alike. It simply means that your team should understand the core values of your business and do their best to honor them through their work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  2. Embrace the uncomfortable. At The Centr this is one of our core values and really it is a catalyst for growth. The quickest way to grow is to do things that stretch you. Yes, stretching can be really uncomfortable but the more you do it the more you can do!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  3. Be humbly bold. There is no doubt that as a business owner you play a large part in whether your business succeeds or fails. But understanding that your business is also a reflection of your employees and the opportunities you are given keeps you humble when your business is soaring. But also, it allows you to exercise grace with yourself when things don’t go your way. So keep being bold but also remember those who have poured into your success.

Ultimately, business is not always fun. You are going to have to make tough calls and may even have to make decisions that hurt people along the way. But if, at the end of the day, you can know that you are becoming a better person and that your business is making a difference, then the struggle was and is worth it!

 

 

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