About Responsibility

by | May 20, 2009 | Entrepreneurship

Editor’s Note: This is the first of several posts I will be writing that cover some of my insights gained from attending a couple of live events in April. I hope you find them helpful.

One of the most profound pieces of information Adam Urbanski shared at last month’s Info Profit Success event was this: You are responsible to the people, not for the people.

What does this mean? It means that, as a business owner or service provider, you are obligated to provide the best products or services you are capable of providing. However, you are not responsible for what those people do with what you provide them.

Let me illustrate this.

Through this blog and the associated newsletter, The ART of Business, I provide a wealth of information about how to build a business you love. It is my duty to provide you will the best and most accurate information I have. However, I have no control over your results. I can’t make you do the things I suggest. I can’t even know how your audience will react … because I’m not you.

You are responsible for your own actions and how you implement the information you acquire.

It is often easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up in the results … or lack there of … of their clients and customers. This is especially true for service providers … and women. Women tend to be nurturers by nature. Many of us have a “mothering” instinct that can mistakenly be applied to our students, clients and customers.

But, you need to watch this behavior. Once you’ve provided your best, it is up to the person who hired you or purchased from you to take action and move forward. And that is something you have no control over. So don’t beat yourself up of the “failures” of those you serve. Just focus on providing the best products and services you can and leave the rest up to the universe.

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