Wrestling with a bunch of consternating business problems, I asked my husband this morning, “What would a rational person do in this situation?” It came out as a totally honest question.
He looked at me, “Are you sure you want to rely on my instincts?” He waited a minute for my reaction, “But that’s probably better than sticking with yours.”
I’ve had my own business for 18 years. It’s a consulting practice with nonprofits and local government. The work is interesting, clients are varied, there are a lot of challenges, and the income has been both decent and steady. It’s an achievement to be in business as a solo consultant for this long and make a good living. I’m pretty proud of it.
99% of my business has been run completely on my instincts. Total gut. Love a situation, work my tail off. Hate a situation, I leave. And so, as you can imagine, there is the wreckage of a lot of burned bridges in my rear view mirror.
But just because I’m 64 and have been working in my field for 40 years doesn’t mean I can’t improve and maybe learn how to do business in a less instinctual way. Hence, the question: “What would a rational person do in this situation?”
Some people get ulcers from deep-sixing their emotions and tolerating bad situations. That’s never been my problem. But I do think it might be time for me to be a little less nuts, more impervious to annoyance, and more stoic.
Maybe, maybe not. Depends on what my gut tells me.