In reflecting on my conversations over the past week, I believe one of the biggest challenges faced by business owners is to overcome the belief the business will only be successful when they are part of it. They see themselves as indispensable to the business.
To those business owners, and leaders who believe they are indispensable, I dedicate the following poem by Saxon White Kessinger
“Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego is in bloom;
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room:
Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how they humble your soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before.
The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself, but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.”