by Nancy Ruspil, MGC
We have a new office mascot – our owner Nattana’s baby boy. Besides making me smile, this twinkly little spirit got me thinking about how much a business is like a baby. They both need caring attention, nourishment, stimulation and security blankets. Both have unpredictable days and some sleepless nights. Happy surprises and startling shocks. Spit-up and dirty diapers.
Business, like parenthood, is an infinitely bigger universe than any of us is by ourselves. The familiar dimensions of “me” blur into an expanding entity that’s baffling, thrilling and challenging at every turn.
That’s why businesses and babies need similar types of nurturing. You do the hard work, even when you’re so tired you can barely see straight. You dig deep for patience, even when you’re at your wit’s end. You’re devoted to something you love immensely, even when you can almost taste the relief of running away. And down the road, you’ll look at your growing business or your growing child – and you’ll see your efforts reflected in something precious. You won’t even question whether it’s all worthwhile.