What My Dogs Have Taught Me About Being an Entrepreneur
So. . . our family has two dogs. They are Australian Cattle Dogs – herding dogs by nature. Cody and Junior are great friends to me. Doesn’t matter what kind of day I’m having. They are there. I’ve gotten some great entrepreneurial lessons from them. Check these out:
They are present. No matter what we are doing, they are in the moment. They don’t worry about when the next round of Frisbee is happening or when dinner will be served. They are just, well. . . here. As an entrepreneur, I could spend tons of time worrying about yesterday or tomorrow and miss what I need to be doing NOW. Good lesson from the pups.
They need a job. Cattle dogs are amazing, but aren’t really meant to live in a house. In order to accommodate their strong (dare I say STUBBORN) personalities, according to our vet and dog trainer they need a job. They have focused on protecting the house from the evils of the UPS man, trying to catch and kill any Frisbee they find and herding small animals off of our property. (Luckily, they haven’t killed anything!) Like them, I need a job and I need to be focused.
They are pack animals. Right now, they are flanking my desk. One underneath, right by my feet and the other on a blanket next to my desk. Wherever I am, there are three of me. Entrepreneurs who try to be lone wolves flounder. You need a pack. People who can support you, whether a VA, coach or tech people. You get them, you find success.
I’d love to hear your dog stories! What have your dogs taught you about business and success?