In Versus On

Do you know that old cliché about how you need to work ON your business and not IN your business that some brilliant businessman or consultant thought up? Can you detect the sarcasm in my words? Well, we are knee deep in working in the business this week. I woke up this morning with my cell phone and my laptop next to me in the bed and no Allen. There is something wrong with this picture.

In the past month B&A has sent out 8 proposals and we have 5 more to go out in the next 2 weeks. AND we turned away 5 that we just couldn’t get to. Like I said we are knee deep in working IN the business. Because of all this madness I can tell there are things that are suffering and people notice. Like, I didn’t write a blog post in over three weeks, all of us at B&A are cranky because we aren’t getting enough sleep (I hate working with unhappy people, it makes me unhappy – see? It’s a vicious cycle) and our proposals are suffering, causing us to lose jobs.

I have figured out that our clients work with us because of us, not ‘cuz we gots mad skillz but because we say stupid stuff like that. We are so wrapped up in cranking out proposals and work that we are missing our personalities. We are doing ourselves a disadvantage by working SO hard. Isn’t it better to do a few quality pieces rather than a large quantity that aren’t good?

The moral of the story? I don’t know. I’m too tired to figure it out but I think it has something to do with working ON your business and not IN it so much.