The Chronicles of Narnia: Discover People Can Be a Distracting Nuisance To Business Ownership

In watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I quickly discovered that Eustace was a uncooperative nuisance and a continual party-crasher. A real bummer! Same for business ownership. There will be people who are a huge nuisance and you don’t want to be around them because they become a huge distraction, bring you down, and is bad for business.

For most business owners, they can’t stand to be around nuisance. Nuisance people tend to be negative, demeaning, lazy, and it’s unattractive…INSIDE. Now, I’m not saying you have to hang around negative people or even like them. On the contrary, you need to develop Positive Relationships and cultivating these type of friendships takes hard work and trust.

People Can Change If They Choose To

What I am saying though is that, given the right situation, knowledge, environment, and opportunity, nuisance-prone people can learn to change if they choose to. That’s just it…they have to WANT to make their lives better. We can’t accomplish this task for them.

People who decide to take the necessary steps for personal development and growth, realize that they genuinely can live positive, productive, and “attractive” lives. Have you ever been around a person, especially for me, it’s usually a female, who has a very profane and vulgar mouth? One who seems to use expletives every single word?

NOT VERY pretty, is it?

Caring and Encouraging Positive Action

Like Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, some people just need some encouragement to become better human beings. Some need the knowledge to know better. I’m partial to this, however, because I believe there’s some “common sense” when it comes to behavior modification and breaking “bad habits”.

People, annoying, nuisance-prone people, need to know that someone cares about them, believes in them, and is willing to invest their time to help the “subject” discover that they can become more than what they currently are. In the scope of business ownership, this awareness is vital for any business to grow substantially with any value.

Usually speaking, Positive Changes in a person’s life takes Positive Action and doesn’t happen overnight. Especially, since bad habits have taken, sometimes, years to develop. It shouldn’t be expected to get a person who’s a nuisance to you and your business to change right away.

Nonetheless, with effort, determination, perseverance, knowledge, and taking action, positive and valuable results can exist!

It may take some time. Yet, it CAN happen.

Meeting Nuisance Head-On

So, what can one do? Well, I believe that we need to encourage those willing to change and leave behind anyone willing to remain belligerent, a nuisance, apathetic, lazy, who desires just to live a mediocre life. Not much you can do for them anyhow!

In the space of business ownership and entrepreneurship, meeting nuisance head-on can be a creative way to cultivate your patience. Invite these types of challenges, annoying customers, and see it as an opportunity to develop your personal growth.

How can you help? Below are 3 ways to help an annoying, nuisance-prone person break the “annoying,” sometimes destructive habits.

1. Help Them Identify When the Habit Appears Most Prominently

Conscience awareness is vital to identify when a bad habit appears. Often, habits appear just like clock-work, without much thought. It’s on the sub-conscience level that a solution becomes more challenging. There’s hope, though. I say that the bigger the challenge or obstacle, the more glory there is in overcoming it.

2. Help Them Define How Much Control They Have Over the Habit

Everyone wants control! Mostly, people with nuisance and bad habits just don’t know HOW to control themselves. No self-discipline. It becomes essential, especially in a business ownership situation, to gain control when circumstances get out of control. Someone who truly leads will be able to discern when they need to “jump in” and take control of an annoying customer or employee.

3. Help Them To Break the Habit By Replacing It With a Less-Annoying Habit

This is easier said than done, I know. Nonetheless, it’s better to replace a bad, sometimes destructive habit, with a lesser one because this allows them “space” to work through their behavior modification processes more effectively.

In my opinion, I’d rather see a person bite their nails than have them constantly interjecting their words by disrupting the conversation when I’m speaking.

Everyone reading this probably has been guilty of interrupting someone when they’re talking.

Most importantly, be patient and do your best to show grace and compassion when dealing with a nuisance. Show kindness, gentleness, self-control, and humility. Often times, if none of this works to help them, you just have to ignore the person and move on with your business and life!

Secret Discovered

Whether in a business ownership or merely in life, you’ll soon discover that people can, and will, be a distracting nuisance. They WILL exist. It’s a part of life. Fortunately, people can change if they choose to. As Servants and those who Lead, we are entrusted to lead by example and illustrate what it means to be overcome bad habits and to live positive, productive, and attractive lives.

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, you’ll notice that Eustace realized his annoying behavior and how he had become a “royal” nuisance to everyone. It took great deal of encouragement, grace, and patience to have Eustace turn around from his actions. Eustace made such a turn around, that his actions influenced C. L. Lewis’ next 2 The Chronicles of Narnia books.

Do you suppose you could help someone overcome their bad habits? If so, how do you suppose helping someone if you’ve got to conquered your own bad habits? Once you do become victorious, how will this “defeat” cultivate you into a better, more courageous person?

Exploring Business Ownership – Traditional Employment is Not Risk-Free (Part 4 of 7)

In previous articles we’ve talked about the personality types that have the best chance of business ownership success and helped you define your goals for wanting to be in business. Now we’ll explore how entrepreneurs, franchise owners, and employees generally think. Where will you find a match?

How You Think Vs Your Risk Tolerance

As I’ve shared previously, business success is far from guaranteed so it’s important that you assess your tolerance for risk before committing funds to any business venture. One very general way to assess your risk tolerance is by analyzing the way you think.

Generally speaking, there are three main ways to earn income in increasing order of personal risk; employment, franchise ownership, and entrepreneur business ownership. We’ll explore each to see which you identify best with.

The World of Employment

Employee think is:

I did what I was supposed (or told) to do and I can prove it.

If you’re most comfortable with a narrowly defined set of responsibilities, expect your desk (or tools or equipment) to be provided for you, want to call the IT department when your computer hangs up, crave regular working hours with paid vacation and holidays, and expect benefits paid by someone else, then you’ll probably be most comfortable in an employment situation.

When employment is a good fit you feel most comfortable when you do your part as a team member and leave the business consequences of your work assignment to others. If this describes you, take heart! There’s absolutely no shame in being an employee! In fact, most of the business world is made up of employees who willingly do their part and receive a fixed hourly or salary income in return.

Traditionally employment has also had the least amount of risk for loss of income, although that’s becoming less true. For several decades following World War II there was an unwritten social contract between large corporations (and even many smaller businesses) and their employees that went something like this:

If you come to work with us and work hard, then you are welcome to stay with our company as long as you like. We will retrain our loyal employees to take on new tasks and responsibilities because they are our most valuable asset. We will take care of you with good benefits and if you stay with us long enough we will also provide for your retirement.

Contrast that historic practice with the current social norm of viewing employees as a commodity to be hired when needed and laid off when not.

Risk Assessment

Employment and depending on others for income who may not have your best personal or career interests at heart carries the least risk of the three income earning options. But it’s not risk-free and is far more risky now than it used to be. Let me suggest the book The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences, by Louis Uchitelle, for further reading (I have no financial interest in this book).

Didn’t identify with “employee think?” Check out part 5 where we’ll explore how franchise owners think.

A Basic Guide to Small Business Ownership and Managerial Training

Business ownership is an extremely tempting form of income for many people. The idea of creating your own work hours and environment is great, and the constant opportunities for your ingenuity to be put to use would have any creative person asking, “where can I sign up?” Although there are huge perks to owning your own business, there are twice as many issues that come along with it. Between the training of employees, store financing, legal issues and many other things, A business owners head will almost always be spinning.

Depending on the amount of time you yourself will be able to put towards your business, managerial hiring and training will be one of the most crucial initial tasks. Any manager should be able to relay information quickly and efficiently. Additionally, solid leadership skills will also prove very helpful. Give managers insight towards your reasoning or train of thought for important decisions you have made. By allowing them to further understand how your business is run, employees will feel as if they are part of a team and begin showing more commitment and dedication towards improving your overall business.

Regardless of how much is put into the hands of your managers, the basic financing and merchandise purchasing will almost always be left in the hands of the owner in any small business situation. Deciding exactly where to allocate any capital money or earnings can sometimes be difficult. Consider offering short questionnaires to customers that might give you a better understanding of exactly who you are marketing to and which advertisement techniques are working the best. If you aren’t the sole beneficiary of your business establishment or received funding through various investors, there will be a large amount of people awaiting your success. Not only will you have to satisfy your customers, but you will also have to satisfy all your investors and colleagues.

During the initial stages of your business,be sure to work out all details and inform potential investors of realistic outcomes and results – any investor breathing down your neck will make it difficult to make the important decisions you will need to make as a small business owner. Issues that never crossed your mind are bound to arise as your business progresses, and these are only a few of the things that you should be aware of. Be sure to inform yourself of all information pertinent to your business field and location, including competition and consumer-base.