It Takes a Village to Raise a Child — No Man is an Island — NOT Even a Sole Proprietor!!!
The most successful and gracious people recognize that they did not reach the top of their profession or accomplish great deeds all by themselves. They give credit to the others that helped them–from their parents, to an influential teacher or coach, to their spouse, to their team, and to a brief encounter with someone that changed their thinking forever or helped them past a low moment in their life. It’s interesting that we have the legal term “sole proprietor” suggesting that someone can start and run a business all by themselves. Nothing can be further from the truth. Just as our politicians recently indicated “it takes a village to raise a child,” so too, it takes input and effort from many people to run a business, even if it is legally organized as a sole proprietorship. There are people around you giving you encouragement and helping you keep your dream alive. There are legal people that help with contracts and various forms. Accountants and others with financial experience provide advice with the many issues related to money and taxes. It’s impossible to run a business without a banker to help you with managing cash and a credit line. Someone helps you with web site registration and putting together the message and image you present. And, what would any business be without the most important people ever–customers. It should be clear that “no man is an island” and that “sole proprietor” is a misnomer. Remember that a good person gives credit to the team for successes and takes the blame, shielding others, when things go wrong.