The bill arrived a few days later, for $10,000.00! Not wanting to pay such a huge amount for so little work, the printer was told to please itemize his charges, with the hope that he would reduce the amount once he had to identify his services. The revised bill arrived: $1.00 for turning the screw; $9,999.00 for knowing which screw to turn.

The quote in full: “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” Easier said than done for most people, I’ve noticed. I’m guilty of it myself. It is so much easier to discover what you hate than it is to discover what you love, because hate seems to be a more immediate reaction. It can take quite a bit of time to learn that you love something, but most people learn they hate something within the first couple of times trying it. We are more keenly aware of our own displeasure than pleasure, in other words.

Why did you choose to start a business as your money-making opportunity? After all, there is always the possibility of employment: It’s lower pay, but also lower risk, and you can usually keep a job once you have it if you can make yourself valuable in the work force. However, you decided that you would much rather take on the greater (some would say infinite) risk of business ownership. There has to be a reason for this, and that reason, if you are perfectly honest with yourself, is the mission of your company.

New Years’ Day is a great time to evaluate where you have been in the past year, both in a personal sense and a professional/business sense, and is kind of a person’s annual performance review on themselves. There are plenty of people who would argue that an annual performance review isn’t really the best way to manage employees, but sometimes you just need to see the big picture and ask yourself, “How can I make this better?” Being able to do that with every day, week, and month is equally important, but for different reasons.