You can ask any of my children who are 7, 5, and 3, "What is the best area to spend your money?" and they will all tell you, "On your own business."Ben Vollmar
- Every new business carries significant start-up costs and tremendous personal risk.
- Starting a business often requires us to learn skills we find difficult and perform tasks we don’t enjoy.
- Too many business owners feel drained by their work because they are unwilling to release control by trusting their employees to do the job well.
- While buying a house or car often takes money out of our wallets, starting a business has the potential to put money into our wallets.
- Every business exists to solve a problem, to make others’ lives better, or both.
- Our unique skills, passions, and knowledge serve an important purpose.
- Every dollar we spend is a vote for something.
- Running a successful business is as simple as spending less than we make.
- The most important prerequisites to starting a business are to define core values and to decide how we will shape the culture.
- Since time is more valuable than money, the purpose of money should be to create greater margin to invest deeply and often in relationships with others.
- Treat your employees as well as you would treat volunteers, as they always have the choice to seek a job with a kinder boss and healthier work environment.
- If you employ others, cultivate the type of environment where you would want to be employed.
- Consider how to use your unique talents and abilities for the greater good while also making them marketable and profitable.
Creativity Takes Courage
There is something deep within every human being that compels us to create, but so few of us actually fulfill this desire. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and innovation lab leader Dr. Shawn Cramer identify the barriers to imaginative expression and introduce the practices required to overcome them.
Sometimes Shop Local
Should we feel bad about drinking Starbucks if the coffee shops in our own community just aren’t that good? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and local business owner Ben Vollmar engage in a nuanced and surprising conversation that will inspire consumers and business leaders alike.
Establish A Budget
Like so many other facets of life, our financial well-being is largely determined by our ability to make the right sacrifices today to achieve great things tomorrow. This week, Dr. Michael Brown is joined by Gabe Dunbar in a practical conversation about being intentional with our money.