This week’s #BusinessTipTuesday we are talking about “Be Humble Day”, which is celebrated on Thursday February 22nd. Often times as business owners we must promote ourselves as the best at what we do or what we sell. While showcasing our strengths and promoting our best business practices is not a bad thing, it is important to take the time to “be humble”.
Humility is an important quality trait in being a good entrepreneur. Being humble does not mean that you are weak, unassertive, or underprivileged; it means knowing that there are people out there that are more knowledgeable in certain areas, being able to ask for help when you know you need it, and also being able to receive constructive criticism. Being aware that there is always more to learn is one of the most important things for a business owner; it will only benefit you to spread your network, learn from others, and reach out for assistance in areas that you are not as strong in. The business owner that has an answer for everything and expects that their business practices are the only way to do things will only hinder the progress to be made by the business. Less mistakes come from humble behavior, as well. You are consistently aware of what you are doing, how you are doing it, and the outcome; thus resulting in a better quality atmosphere for your business and experience for your customers. Think of it this way, as soon as the basketball player gets a little too confident with his shots, he starts to miss and provide opportunities for his opponents to get ahead on him. We do not want this to happen in your business! Additionally as the owner and boss of your business, humility allows you to connect better with your employees. Most likely your employees will be comfortable enough to ask questions, approach you with ideas, or tell you if there is a problem if you come off as mild and understanding. The relationship will offer a successful and happy work environment.
Being humble is something you can control, as opposed to things that are out of your control as a business owner. So take a minute each week to check yourself and make sure that you are doing so. If we remember to continually learn, refer to others for information, and communicate with employees along with other things then we will continue to possess some necessary requirements of being a great entrepreneur, which in turn will make your business great!
The University of Scranton
Small Business Development Center
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