What are the biggest myths about owning a business?

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As someone who has owned over 30 different businesses in speciality retail, fast food and hospitality, here are some of the biggest myths that I have discovered in relation to owning a small business, especially in the early stages:

Myth 1: That owning a business means that you can work whenever you like.

  • The truth is that you don’t own a business … it owns you. If it is right for the business to serve its customers 24/7, then it is up to you as the owner/manager to staff that need, even if it means staffing it yourself – which it usually does. It’s not uncommon for people that own their own business to commit 80–100 hours a week to its survival and success.

Myth 2: That you will make a fortune when you own your own business.

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新加坡50岁生日,李光耀回答过的四个问题

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8月9日是新加坡50岁生日,我们一起来回顾下李光耀回答过的四个问题,涉及领导力、全球化、个人成长与人生感悟。

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1、领导人最重要的素质是什么?

李光耀(1989年):领导人的特质并不会因时代的改变而变。一个好的领导人应该能提出一个可启发鼓舞人民的目标,他激励他们朝共同的目标、共同的远景迈进。这是不会因时空不同而改变的。

现在这个时代比较特别的是,世界从未像今天这样密切的相互关联、互为依存。我们清晰地感觉到彼此的存在,我们其实像是邻居。透过电视的实况转播,你可 以在瞬秒间就立即看到戈尔巴乔夫主席和里根总统、布什副总统会面的情况。你听得到他们的声音。你也可以天天看到像亚美尼亚的地震或汉城街头暴动的镜头。

现在的时代有一种立即的急迫感,今天的领导人需要有更快的反应,与当年仍靠帆船来往于各国政府间的领导人反应速度当然不同。换言之,你的反应必须敏捷快速而有弹性。但领导的本质,并没有随时间而变。

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