What Does My Dog Playing On A Beach Have To Do With Your Business?
Its a bit of a strange question, but bear with me ...
POSTED BY JONATHAN VOWLES ON 04/06/2019 @ 8:00AM
Over the weekend I took my dog to the beach. We've been to the beach before and, so far, Chester the dog has enjoyed being there ...
Chester found a mentor at the beach whom he learned from and overcame his fears!
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But he has never gone in the water. In fact, he has been a bit scared of the water and dances out of reach of the waves as they foam and bubble up the sand. This time, it was much the same.
We walked along the beach next to the waterline and he danced out of reach of the waves, sometimes daring to go in closer, only to anxiously step sideways or jump out of the way as a wavelet came further up the beach. In one sense it was comical to watch, but in another, it was a shame that he wasn't going in and enjoying the water.
"Then we met another dog; Bella the Labrador!"
Bella clearly loved going into the water and wanted nothing more than for someone, anyone, to throw a ball or even a stone into the waves for her to chase after. So, Bella's owner and I took turns throwing stones into the water for her to seek out. Bella was so keen that she got quite cross if I stopped throwing and had a rest.
It was then that something adorable happened. You see, watching Bella enjoy herself splashing about in the waves and swimming out and back again gave Chester an example to follow ... and he finally went into the water!
Ok, he didn't swim, but he went out deep enough that he might as well have! And having done it once, he spent the next 10 minutes chasing in and out of the water as Bella swam for stones. Chester conquered his anxiety of the waves by being shown what to do by a slightly older, more experienced and very enthusiastic dog!
Chester and Bella playing in the waves. It was a lovely moment and a huge achievement for my boy!
So, here's the point of this lovely story: when you run a business, you have lots to do and think about and loads of decisions, both small and large. Being a business owner can be a lonely place. Often you need a friend and to get help from that friend ... for them to be a mentor.
A business mentor can help you to conquer your anxiousness of making the wrong decision, sometimes by sharing an example, other times by being a sounding board, helping you to consider your options and always by being your friend.
"Would you like to know more?"
If you want to stop being anxious and instead push forward confidently with your business with my help then give me a call on 01234 752 566 or click here to ping me an email and ask about our business mentoring plans. I'd love to help you.
Until next time ...
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More about Jonathan Vowles ...
I've been an accountant in and for business since 1987 and have a wide experience of consultancy, audit, accounts, taxation and wealth planning work from individuals and small businesses to multinational corporations and charities.
My eclectic interests in growing and developing business span a number of areas … and can be summarised as strategic business advice and tax saving advice.
I have worked with the Chamber of Commerce to deliver courses for people about starting up in business and have lectured about tax for a major accountancy practice and for Milton Keynes College.
I relax by reading fiction and by getting away from the office in a campervan.
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