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Have You Hugged Your Building Custodian Today?

August 1, 2017

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Leadership begins with mutual respect.  The leaders I respect the most, lead by example.  Politicians, pundits and the media can go around trying to divide people into haves and have-nots, but there’s really no divide between most of us.

Small business owners don’t have a problem hugging their building custodian.  How about the lawn care person, the handy(man) person, the painter, the delivery person; most of all the bug person, who you may feel at risk… to hug?  Hug, hug, hug them, anyway.   Many of the aforementioned live enriched, fulfilling lives with or without millions; and need not be classified otherwise.  Many of these folks are small business owners, too!

There’s always going to be something that requires you to be extraordinary.

News flash!  For many small business owners like me, life isn’t easy.  Like most Americans who have the ability to accept financial accountability and responsibility, you have to earn every dime.

Still no one can speak for those of you who were dealt from a rigged deck, who live a life without marked cards.  Your life may include poverty, possibly abuse, neglect or worse.  To escape this life you may need or have needed to be extraordinary. To escape you may need or have needed extraordinary luck.  To escape you may need or have needed extraordinary help from other people, places and beyond.

Without free market capitalism, small businesses can’t thrive or even survive. So where do you turn?  Most small business people know how hard it is to make money and to pay off debt, but that’s what most small business people do.  That’s leadership.

I’m sure there’s a more PC way to describe some of your favorite “small business owners,” but here’s mine.  They probably fall off ladders.  They are probably mechanically deficient and they’re probably a danger to themselves and others, with a hammer.  OK, that’s just me… but most small business owners have a great deal of respect for those who wield a mop or a nail gun.

You’ll find small business owners in and among your family, and among your friends, people you know and respect.  I’ve also come to learn, most small business owners, including me, are generally opposed to outside influences, including big money or big government.

I was raised by my parents, thank you.

I say, it’s time to go dish out some hugs!  Start with the folks that keep me off ladders and off my roof.  Start with people who take away my hedge trimmer and my chain saw, too.  That’s just a scary movie to me.  You can start with a hug for me.  If I am still in one piece, I’ll hug back. That’s leadership.

 

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