Every single one of us should work as if we owned the business.
Let me tell you a quick story.
Myself, my brother, and friend field tested a fairly new sandwich shop. When we approached the precipice of sandwich options and paraphernalia we were greeted by an older, cheerful fellow. His amiable disposition, demonstrable charisma, and engaging speech intrigued each of us ravenous men. Every question he tooted through his infectious smile was focused on a far more meaningful purpose than knowing which ingredients to include on our gluten-laden canvases. He genuinely desired to learn about our penchant and dynamically suggest pairings of toppings with the precision of Google. After the enjoyable adventure most refer to as “ordering”, we meandered over to vacant seats. Each of us were pondering the same likelihood. The man was simply too enthusiastic, too invested, too resplendent to be anyone but…the owner. Sure enough the star-studded character brought each of us our sandwich and austerely demanded that each of us share whether or not we have partaken of the best sandwich and if not, how he could improve. I pounced at the opportunity to confirm our suspicions. “Are you the owner?”, I asked hesitantly. With the sincere gasconade of General Patton, he responded excitedly, “Yes! Yes I am.”
This is repugnant. How far have we slid from our sedulous forefathers that now we can spot the owner of a business? Since when does detachment and boredom paint the faces of the working majority?! It is time to change this. Each of us should be delivering similar service to the owner of the sandwich shop. It is time to work as if we own the business; as if tonight’s dinner depends upon how hard we work and how many people we positively influenced today.
If you own a business than it is your job to inspire personal investment and dedication.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If you work for someone else, than work like you own the business.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
What challenges hinder you from adopting this philosophy and shifting your productivity? Have you spotted a business owner due to their sterling service?