BUSINESS or PLEASURE: Advice given to me by a mentor when he discovered that I had gone to work for a particular person and company was: Don’t get personal. Never socialize with him (the boss). Keep it ALL business. Believe me….it was darn good ADVICE. …..Don’t mix business with pleasure. I took it to heart….my thanks to Sandy Aroneck.
I have followed his advice very consistently over the years. And, when I became “my own boss,” (whatever that is), I always kept my relationships with my employees, suppliers, banks, and customers at a “business distance.” This doesn’t mean that I was a “stick in the mud,” but rather; I merely confined my business relationships to those I did business with; and my friendships were confined to non-business people. I seldom, over the years, have done business with my friends.
Now, to the contrary, I know of people who inter-mixed their business and personal relationships all the time; and, in fact, in one instance… this individual was well known for “hiring his friends.” My experience tells me to “never” hire my friends. It’s a lot easier to hire a friend than to fire a friend. There’s almost “no difference” in hiring your relatives; as it almost NEVER works out in a positive manner.
I Corinthians 9:24 NIV Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Running a business is hard. It’s a marathon not a sprint. There will be plenty of stumbling blocks in your way. Everyone trips and falls while running this race, but winners get up faster than everyone else. You must do what you need to do to win your race.
God is the “boss.” We can deny this, and probably do, but like it or not… we are “in business with God, and He is the “boss.” We all work “full-time” for God. If you are “in business for yourself,” then God is your Senior Partner. God planned it this way, for you, from the beginning: Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
God designed it (for us) right from the beginning, using our individual talents; the skills, and experiences that He gave us. It is up to us to line up these “gifts” with his “business plan.” When we align our actions with God’s plan-of-action (POS), then we will get it right.
We can deny the existence of this scenario all we want, but when we finally accept it as fact, then the sooner we can get on “with the BUSINESS at hand.”