Look Inward

Look Inward
September 13, 2020 Gary Shotton

Selecting your first business as an owner can be a challenge. Select correctly and win. Select incorrectly and lose. By Gary Shotton #000386

 

 

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Look Inward

By Gary Shotton

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hello i’m Gary shotton i’m here as a part of inspiring better business and today i’m going to talk about look inward when it comes to choosing a business that fits you you see people choose lots of businesses for very reason many reasons and i want to help you i hope in a way that will help you start off in a good path now i was uh i went through about five major segments in my life and i’m gonna go through those quickly and you’re gonna see a thread that says fortunately i stayed inside my corridor inside what god had gifted me to do and that helped me in a good way to have advantage and actually be prosperous and to be beneficial in my business endeavors so i started with being raised on a farm and ranch and we my dad was an entrepreneur he started way back when i was just a little child with virtually nothing and i was able to through the time period see him buy his first piece of land and and when i was in high school and then from there it expanded pretty fast and and we were a wonderful household uh we were not perfect by any means but we were church attending farmers and ranchers and i rode horses occasionally when we needed to branded cattle uh uh drove tractor learned how to drive a large truck drove pickups when i was 12 and 13. i mean we were outdoors all the time we came in for we started breakfast in the morning we came in for lunch if we’re anywhere close uh to the house and then we came in for supper otherwise we’re outdoors wore a hat it was sunny in the wintertime wore a coat in the winter time and so that’s where i got my my my being that’s kind of who i am so when i graduated from college i went to work up in the state of Wyoming and in that state it gets very very cold in the wintertime and quite hot in the summer and once again i’m outdoors i’m a head of a construction project i’m working for a big oil company i i didn’t own a business at that time i needed to grow up and learn how business worked and learn how how life worked and and working for someone else it was about a little under 10 years that i did that and once again i’m outdoors we had a large crane which we picked up something as heavy as 30 tons and could have a height of 120 feet on the jib of the crane and we lifted things into the air we had welders we had a port concrete we we uh just assembled things we had gloves on we were we were careful not to get each other hurt we had uh basically a pretty uh rugged environment just being in Wyoming but also being in construction well then in the mid 80s or early 80s so we decided to move to Tulsa Oklahoma to go to bible school and in that setting i couldn’t find a job i was willing to do whatever and there was no not many options and i started a moving and storage company it was very modest very meager there’s other stories you’ve heard about but the summary is i’m outdoors again i’m out with people i like people and i’m in their homes but we’re carrying furniture we’re built working up a sweat i’m not in behind a computer at that time i’ve learned how to use a computer but it’s not my gifting i’m not fixing someone’s hair i’m not i’m not doing a retail sales that’s for somebody else but i’m inside i’m in my corridor i’m i’m outside in in the work world as i’m working in this owning a trucking company to date i still have a class a cdl commercial driver’s license for driving the largest truck that can go on the highway i know how to drive that dude so i’m outdoors again well then we sell that and i sell that my wife and i set out a bit and guess what i did i bought a machine shop same kind of business here’s mostly men we only have one woman in our machine shop that’s on the floor one woman in this in the office the rest is 49 men we’re out there it’s kind of grubby we have made we have rules that you have to watch the language we can’t have girly picture pictures on on the wall because that’s our culture not to have that but still it’s all kinds of working and being in the in the workforce with men and and it’s not behind the desk other than occasional so my bread and butter is outdoors i still own that but you know i don’t know what’s coming next but i’m starting another business it’s a vine ripe tomatoes i’m on a tractor in my spare time it’s a hobby i’m outdoors i hope you get the picture that i have stayed inside a corridor of the kind of business that fits me why would i do that well because i have kind of a sixth sense i have a nature i like it not just i like work i like work i honestly do like to work that would be one of the worst things that could happen if i had the disability or something caused me not to be able to work so but it’s mostly with men mostly outdoors and again that’s me so here’s where i see mistakes made i see people when they’re wanting to start a business they think wow number one how much money can i make what can i do to make the most money well that’s a pretty poor way to choose a business because you know if you’re gifted in in business and you learn business and you stay inside your corridor every business has a chance to make money and every business has a chance to lose money you got to remember that that you can make or lose it’s not the business it’s the business skills you need to operate inside that business and that includes being inside your corridor inside your channel inside the the stream on in in the process of what fits you well other people copy someone else they have an uncle or a cousin or or even are kind of forced into following dad in the even owning the same business a dad owned you know that’s okay but i always like to have a little thought that does this fit that person you know not everyone in my family i have three grown children i was part of a family with five children and you know our personalities are different what we like to do is different different the way we approach things is different and anyone that has more than one child knows that and that’s part of god dealing with us in in in a different way for each person so i’m suggesting strongly that you work look inwardly you look inside yourself don’t just jump on something meditate and analyze what i really like to do what’s the kind of thing that’s enjoyable to me not everything’s going to be just 100 perfect you know not not everything’s going to be just exactly like you wanted it but in reality it is something that you need to stay inside your corridor a good thing would be to uh start a business inside your hobby that’s going to be something that could fit you very well and you’re going to get up in the morning you’re going to be excited about working you’re going to be excited about going to work you know there’s always going to be a lot of drag all there’s going to be enough disappointment you’re going to have enough headaches and so to do that in a business that you don’t enjoy doing and have a special interest in is a double drag you don’t want to double drag you don’t you don’t want to be disappointed that you chose what you’re doing you want to do something that’s very very centered on your gifting you see i’m not a hair stylist i actually have my wife cut my hair for all of these years i don’t really like people to touch my hair that much you know it’s okay but i don’t i don’t i’m not someone i like to eat but i’m not a cook i’m not a chef so those things are for someone else and there’s opportunities inside those you choose thanks for being a part of inspiring better business
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Gary Shotton
Founder | IBBTalks.com
The founder of IBBTalks.com which was formed to "Inspire Better Business."
As an astute businessman, he is passionate about helping others in the business world achieve maximum profits. He has a keen interest in international business. www.InspiringBetterBusiness.com

1 Comment

  1. Tim Rovenstine 2 weeks ago

    Gary, you need to run for public office. I would vote for you.

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