Guest Author - Elizabeth Johnson

I just love this article written by Elizabeth. She really nails the important things in life and business. It is my honor to share it with you.

5 Things You Must Not Forget in the Pursuit of Money
It’s every man’s dream to be born with a silver spoon in their mouth and be able to live life like a king. But then, money is not everything. It is but one aspect of life, and when it overrides most other things and blinds your eyes to what is important, then it ends up being the cause of your misery as well. When you start your own business, you want to make it work at any cost, and so you work long and hard to reap both financial and popularity rewards. But there are certain things you must not do in the pursuit of money, and they are:

· Pushing people down and using their failure as your success: If you are going to resort to underhanded methods to get up in the world, you may succeed initially. But you’re going to find that you cannot sustain your momentum because if the only way you can move forward is by pushing other people down, it is not a very good or sustainable method for long term success. Instead, get ahead on your own steam, using your own hard work, and depending on your shrewdness and ken to take your forward.

· Treating your employees poorly: If you think you can extract the maximum labor from your employees while paying them minimum wages, know that this too will not last for long. For one, your employees are going to be a disgruntled and bitter lot who will not give you their best work; and for another, they will leave you at the first chance they get. Your employees are an asset only when they are loyal and dedicated to you and your business; if not, they’re more of a liability.

· Shortchanging your customers: Your customers are the backbone of your business, so when you try to cheat them, you may get away with it once and even twice. But after that, you can be dead certain that they are taking their business to the competition. And when the steady flow of customers starts to dry up, you know your business is going to die as well. So provide your customers with services and products of good quality and be transparent in your dealings with them.

· Neglecting your family: Yes, your business is important and it helps put food on your table. But your family is even more important – they are food for your soul. If you neglect your family in the pursuit of business growth, very soon you may wake up to realize that you don’t have a family at all, or that you have one that you hardly recognize and is very distant. So no matter how busy you are, spend time with your family to show them that you care.

· Forgetting the ethics of business: Most of us are guilty of this infraction – we overcharge customers who are gullible, we keep money that has been given to us in error, we fail to be honest with dealers and suppliers, and we don’t see any harm in greasing palms so that the way ahead is smoother for us. They may be small things, but they all matter in the long run. So try to avoid them as much as possible because money is not the only thing that matters in life.
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This guest article was written by Elizabeth Johnson, who regularly writes on the topic of construction management degrees . She welcomes your comments and questions at her email address: elizabeth.johnson1@rediffmail.com

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