Ambition - a story
by, 05-Feb-12 at 05:35 PM (93271 Views)
In 2001 I was a one man business - and incredibly happy with it.
I had one service product to deliver.
I had a portfolio of very satisfied, faithful clients producing a very steady supply of orders.
The "office" was a room in the house.
I didn't have to deal with staff. Or VAT. Or much in the way of red tape.
The total monthly operating costs of the business (including rent) were covered in the first four days of trading - the rest of the month was profit.
It was an incredibly simple, low-risk, reasonably profitable business.
So why on earth just 3 years later was I renting business premises, for two Pty Ltd companies (one with a partner), with two secretaries, a sales rep, 4 service teams and all the overheads and challenges that come with that lot - to get out much the same money as I was putting in my pocket three years earlier?
There was just one snag with my OMB - if I wasn't working, I wasn't making any money.
What if I got sick? Had an accident? Had to go away for a while?
I hadn't had any of those problems. But yes, those were thoughts that ran through my mind at times. And they did help drive me.
But ultimately what got me out of my comfort zone to make the jump was ambition!
There was this saying that kept going around and round in my head:
Life was pretty good.The enemy of a great life is the good life.
Had been for a couple of years already.
In so many ways good enough.
But I wasn't ready to settle.
Ambition was telling me I could achieve much more.
Part of The big 5 (plus one) business limiters series.
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