Yes, we all like to make money. But most of us also started our companies because we want to help people in some way.
If you’re a coach, you probably want to help people live their best lives. If you’re a realtor, you want to help people find their dream homes. If you’re a personal stylist, you want to instill professional and personal confidence in your clients.
As a social media consultant, I want to teach people how to leverage social media so they can make more money with their businesses. And that mission is really important to me. But it’s not what truly drives me.
Let me back up a bit.
I am incredibly lucky. The last two years of my life have been absolutely amazing — and things just keep getting better and better.
I published a book last year.
I’ve earned a spot on the Copyblogger Media editorial staff — which is my dream job.
I work from home every day, and set my own hours. As a single mom, owning my own business allows me the flexibility to go to school events (or stay home with my kiddo when he’s sick).
I have a brand new puppy who brings my family joy.
I feel like my life is pretty damn awesome.
I don’t mean to sound like one of those cheesy 10-page sales letters filled with promises of sailboats and tropical vacations. It’s not about that.
But here’s the secret — in my consulting and coaching business, I do more than help people with their online marketing. I help people fulfill their dreams of living happier, abundant, amazing lives.
I believe – from the bottom of my heart – that we can all lead lives of extraordinary power and magic. We don’t have to suffer through jobs we hate, or 3-hour daily commutes, or living in places we don’t like.
The real reason I started my business — and the reason I keep going, even when things occasionally get tough — is that I believe that people can live amazing lives.
They can build an online business that supports their dreams. They can travel, or work from home, or have the money to buy that new house.
And I want to help them get there. That’s the real reason I get out of bed every day. I want to help people live magical, extraordinary lives.
For more inspiration about finding your “Why,” check out this incredible TED talk by Simon Sinek.
So tell me – why do you run your business? Tell me your “Why” in the comments below.