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I LOVE Paying Bills

I Love Paying BillsMost people hate paying their bills. And they’re often in a foul mood when they have to sit down and write checks or make payments online.

I have a different view.

When I pay our bills, I’m thinking that I’m paying for value received. My electric bill may be higher than I would like it to be, but I’m grateful for the light, the air conditioning and all the other things those kWhs do for us.

The lawn service, our water bill, hosting services and all the rest are things we have CHOSEN. So why should I have any resentment when paying for them?

In addition, I spent a good part of my life not having enough money to pay all the bills when they came due. Now that I can pay bills on time, I am certainly grateful and appreciative of having the means to do so.

Once again, our attitude toward what we do is even more important than how we do them.

Next time you pay an invoice, think about the value you have received instead of being resentful for having to pay it. Be grateful for the exchange–and for being able to afford it.

If you don’t feel you are getting the value you think you should, then change or discontinue the service. But if you did receive the service, paying for it should be a natural and enjoyable part of the equation.

When you simply don’t have enough income to pay your expenses, there are ways to solve that problem. And being resentful about the bills is not one of them.

If you want to make more money, provide more value. If you want to make a LOT of money, then figure out a way to create a LOT of value.


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You Are NOT Your Business

Many entrepreneurs are so close to their business it’s hard to tell where their business starts and where they begin.

Their identity is very much tied up in what they do.

Other small business owners compartmentalize really well—maybe too well. They make a big distinction between personal life and business life.

For me, there’s no real difference between personal life and work life—it’s ALL life.

That doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be some distinctions around the time you spend, but trying to be one way in one part of your life and another way in another part of your life seems disingenuous to me.

And as the great Nido Quebein quips, “Be who you is. Because if you ain’t who you is, then you is who you ain’t.”

I suggest that you are not your business. Your business or your career does not define who you are. But to a large extent, your business and your career IS you.

What you say, what you do—or don’t do—reflects on your company. Who you are being, both at work and outside of work, is a representation of your business.

Who you are being touches every other aspect of your life.

So be yourself. There’s nobody else anywhere nearly as well qualified.