Business is About the Process – Not the Result

by SMD 

>>This series is based on Michael Gerber’s excellent book The E-Myth Revisited and the article The Business Plan That Always Works from

The most productive business planning is not about ends; it’s about experiencing means. It’s not the objective; it’s the process. It’s not about getting things; It’s about becoming more human. It’s not about winning or losing; It’s about sitting on the edge of the mountain on the way up. Neither going forward or backward, to savor the intensely sweet joy of the moment. It’s not about pushing yourself, but about experiencing yourself.”

Take my word for it, making money from pushing yourself is not worth it. Essentially, it is like going into debt emotionally, and life will demand payment in full.

Overall, the planning process, when done with the heart, can bring up intense emotions that range from joy and hope, to panic and fear. I have had a wild week diving into this planning process. Many time I felt that my situation was hopeless and that I would never make it and my ‘goals’ were a joke. There have also been moments of confidence and feeling empowered.

Mostly the sense is to get moving, dive in with a process in mind that can take you to the ultimate goal, but be prepared experience the tide and the waves that owning a business can be. I’m much clearer than I was a week ago about what I want my life to look like, and how I can create a business to support that vision.

If you’ve read the entire series, I hope it has been useful. Also, I’d like to thank Michael Gerber for his amazing The E-Myth Revisited book. Before I read it I was well on my way to duplicating the same business mistakes that cost me so dearly in my last business. Now I have, at least, and understanding of what a real business is and I have hope that this time I will do much better of achieving my goals on every level.

Business Plan Series: Intro, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7

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One Response to “Business is About the Process – Not the Result”

  1. Tommy on June 12th, 2007 11:11 pm

    Wow! This is a great help to me and my goals. I too am looking for a way out of the rat race, but have not been inclined to take the leap just yet. But I like how you’ve structured your plan and have a criteria for exiting your “day job” and going full time with your business. I think the e-myth info combined with the “rich dad” info is what I need to give myself a kick in the pants. Thanks for the great post!

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