Every once in awhile it hits me: We employ people. We provide jobs. Maybe we don’t provide hundreds of jobs like some companies, but still.
Recently, someone who works for us moved into a new place. It’s a really nice place, and I feel a sense of pride that I had a small part in making that happen.
But there’s also a dark flip side: It’s possible they could lose everything because of me. I could make a mistake, I could steward my time or resources unwisely, I could not know the condition of my flocks.
I feel the weight of this reality most vividly at two in the morning.
And when I see prospective entrepreneurs tell me that they want to start a company because “they’ve always wanted to start a company” or “get operational experience” as if it’s the next milestone in their career ladder, I wonder if they know the real price. The price can be – and should be – excruciating.
This article by David Lee resonated with me. Like being a mom, you can’t really be all about yourself when you own a business. At home, my kids get new clothes before I do, and at work, my employees get paid before I do.
It’s not really a punch-the-clock kinda life.
I wouldn’t have it any other way, but sometimes it’s overwhelming.