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SSmall Business

Fighting The Resistance & Fulfilling Your Dreams

A would-be entrepreneur whose family and friends are not supportive of her plans to open a consignment shop should stop talking about it to them, writes USA TODAY columnist Gladys Edmunds. Unless the naysayers have succeeded in the same kind of endeavor, the negative energy is not helpful, she says.

One of the best books on this subject is The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Novelist Steven Pressfield (The Legend of Bagger Vance; Gates of Fire). The book aims to help readers "overcome Resistance" so that they may achieve "the unlived life within." Whether one wishes to embark on a diet, a program of spiritual advancement or an entrepreneurial venture, Pressfield says that it's most often resistance that blocks the way. To kick resistance, Pressfield stresses loving what one does, having patience and acting in the face of fear.

He also talks about ignoring the nattering nabobs of negativism and fighting the resistance within and that surrounds you. For those thinking of starting a small business, I can’t think of a better book to read.

Recharge, Reassess and Prioritize

It is true that entrepreneurs, freelancers and other self-employed professionals struggle to take vacations or time off. I have done numerous studies that prove what we all know: yes, business owners have trouble turning off and checking out from work.

Now that I’m part of this group, I can personally attest to the difficulty of turning off the business side of my brain and not thinking about business. Last week I actually took some time off and tried to check out. There were some business issues that needed to be addressed and most were easily remedied.

Since I was not able to totally check out, I did the next best thing. I used the time to “Blue Sky” some ideas and with a very relaxed brain prioritize the things that were important and needed to be addressed now.

It is important to recharge, reassess and determine your path for next six months. Hopefully, I did that last week.

The One They Got Right

The decision not to bail out CIT has finally opened up the Obama administration to criticism that they are not doing enough to aid small businesses. According to the WSJ, critics complain the administration and lawmakers have bailed out major corporations but denied help to this small-business lender, unveiled a health care plan that will penalize small companies that fail to offer health insurance and been too slow to spread stimulus funds through Small Business Administration initiatives. The Wall Street Journal

This administration has not been helpful, and I’m being kind here, to small business. But I don’t think you can criticize them for not bailing CIT. I’m actually shocked that they didn’t bail them out and cite small business as the reason to do it. They deserve all of the criticism on the other issues, but not on this one. Let CIT work it out on their own.