I for sure have.
I like to refer it as my gut instinct – or my moral compass. It tends to flair up in situations in which I feel pressured into following ‘the leader’, situations where I feel the ‘Bad Guy’ is once again getting his or her way. Or in many situations in business where things are just plain wrong or the truth is being hidden behind smoke and mirrors. It reminds me of the government or the news. We are only allowed the information in which they choose to provide.
The shitty thing about business – is when you are apart of the inner circle – the cream of the crop there is this unwritten rule. Silence and Protect for the greater good. Go with the group. If you happen to be outspoken and a sort of human rights activist personality like my self this can be very unsettling. It will be only a matter of time before this eats at you – till you speak up and then land your ass in the outsider group.
The great thing about getting older, is that this outsider group becomes less of a hit to the ego. And more a pat on the back to yourself for standing up for your personal beliefs even if the rest of the crowd is willing to speak the truth to you but is never willing to rock the boat.
Over the past decade I have started business’ (my first business was at the age of 17), I have joined network marketing business, I have joined in helping grow other peoples business. I Have been in total control and I have been at the mercy of a group of CEOs or ownership. All have provided many positive experiences. Lessons and growth. But over the years the one thing that has never let me down is that gut feeling.
Most recently my husband and I have left two major groups of people due to these reasons. One we worked with for almost five years (we made over seven figured with this company) and one was a small partnership that only lasted 5 months with the potential upside of over 100,000k mthly earnings. Separating our selves wasn’t easy but in the long run it saved us Millions of dollars in future business deals and most importantly we left with our name and word in tact. If you do not have your word in business – you might as well go get a job at a used car sales lot. As you will forever be fighting for your credibility.
I’ll be straight with you. Both situations were extremely stressful both on us financially and emotionally. For me anyways. My husband is unbelievable at keeping emotions out of business. I on the other hand am a lover and a fighter so I can get very excited and also very hurt. Either way it works well that we are partners in life and in business as we provide a great balance to all situations and different view points. (if you did not know – Ryan and I have worked together for 6 years so we have ironed out our strengths and weakness and we love to work and build business and teams together) *If you have not done this as a couple DO SO IMMEDIATELY its about pulling out each other strengths to be better in business NOT to shine a spot line on ones weaknesses. Example: Who is better at organization? Who loves to make business phone calls or prefers to write sales scripts?
Back to leaving two companies. I can imagine your’e asking over a Million in earnings why would you ever leave that kind of money. For sure something must have been right to stay that long.
Heres the deal. For many years all things business related were in line with our beliefs and values. Each quarter we ask our selves the Million Dollar Question.
When the answer was YES!, we would discuss how we could be better at building each business and continue on.
The second business was based entirely on professionalism and character of the person whom which our name was associated with.
So what is the million dollar question.
Drum roll please.
Do these people(person)/company make me a better person?
This answer is always provided straight from your internal beacon of right and wrong. It should be a quick decision.
In true business fashion we all like confirmation right? Asking ourselves: How do I know my Gut is right? Am I letting go to soon. Is there another chance?
Here is a list of questions to ask yourself?
- Am I continually questioning my leadership and authority figures ability to make business changes and decisions?
- Am I defending certain business choices or people I used to once trust?
- Am I in a constant struggle to keep my belief?
- Am I always in need of a recharge to be excited or motivated?
- Do I no longer want to sell the person on the other end of the table? (I am assuming you are a relationship and integrity based person.)
- Am I no longer happy to go to work?
- Am I not growing?
- Is my business negatively affecting my relationships both professionally and personally?
- Do I question the commitment of my partners to the success of my company?
- Is my word/integrity being compromised by staying in this business relationship?
By answering yes to any number of these 11 questions you know your gut is leading you to make a proper choice. I know it sounds so simple. That is the beauty of business. It its always the simplest philosophies and companies that are brilliant at execution.
When Ryan and I realized that we answered yes to a number of these questions we immediately took action to separate ourselves from these relationships and business. Resulting in positive growth in other relationships, new business opportunities and increased trusts and engagement in our personal sphere of influence.
50 Cent Talks Business – Here is a great video to check out about entitlement and business.
Tell us in the comments – has your gut ever saved you in business? Or was there a time you didn’t listen and it cost you? Share your thoughts with us.
Trust your gut,