girl-and-mom-in-superhero-costumeI was chatting with a friend the other day.  We were talking about our family and our careers, and our conversation went to various business ideas.

“I couldn’t possibly run a business”, she said.  “I wouldn’t know where to begin.”

“Really?” I questioned.  “I think you can, and you know why?” I continued.  “You’re a mom and I believe that makes you very qualified.”

Here’s 17 reasons why….

  1. You can make a decision based on a long-term commitment.
  2. You establish values and principles that guide your daily efforts.
  3. Operating on a few hours of sleep, you can prioritize and pace yourself.
  4. Scheduling multiple activities at once doesn’t intimidate you.
  5. Setting goals, both short-term and long-term are the basis for your actions.
  6. You model the way by staying focused and yet you are open to learning along the way.
  7. Knowing when to mentor and teach and knowing when to pull away is essential for the success of each person around you.
  8. Realizing unique differences is important for individual success and diversity of your enterprise.
  9. Your communication abilities and methods are so valuable in keeping everyone informed and cohesive.
  10. Empathy and listening, really listening, are vital to mental health and harmony of the entire unit.
  11. Advocating for fairness and human rights is what you do every day.
  12. You schedule meetings and arrange for discussions as a way to establish direction and when things go awry.
  13. Recognizing strengths, coaching, and motivating others is what you love to do.
  14. Knowing when they are ready for the next step and letting go isn’t easy, however you understand that it must be done.
  15. Finding support and embodying strength during unexpected circumstances encourages everyone to work through it.
  16. Knowing when a little extra support, or taking a pause, will go a long way in the future.
  17. Intuition for impeding unnecessary or risky situations has proven significant to the vitality and health of your clan

“Does that convince you?”  I asked.  “Or shall I continue?”

“Yes” she replied.  “When you put it that way, I guess I could run a business.”

~ Lisa