Some Days I Question If Owning A Business Is Worth It

Why can’t I just be like the masses? Blissfully ignorant of the benefits of owning a business. Having something you know you did indeed build, nurture, and watch it grow. There are times when it is not so easy to think about the benefits.


What are the Benefits?

For most people the biggest benefit is knowing you have taken responsibility for your own welfare and that of your family. Furthermore, it’s knowing that what you do and have built allows others to provide for themselves and their families. It is different for everyone



The thoughts of the benefits often get mired down by the responsibilities. It’s not easy, else everyone would be doing it! People, like water naturally follow the path of least resistance. It’s the rare and strange fish that swims upstream in defiance of conventional “wisdom.” Even salmon know there’s a high rate of failure but they continue on because failure is not an option.


When I get into a funk, two quotes can usually bring me out of it because I find true wisdom in both.

The first is historical and the second a bit more modern: “Fortes fortuna iuvat” which translates to “Fortune favors the brave” ~ Roman historian Titus Livius. There is an undeniable truth in those words that can be seen in every instance of success.

While the second helps me through the hard work when others are “enjoying life” and living paycheck to paycheck complaining about the “haves”: “Live like no one else, so you can live like no one else” ~ Dave Ramsey. There is an end goal that seems to move further away sometimes. But I know that everything I’ve done will pay off in time.


What about you?

Do you have days like this? What gets you out of it?


About The Author

Rob Calhoun

+ Rob Calhoun Helps small to medium businesses succeed by building systems for them that help them get new customers, retain customers, and re-energize past customers. Rob helps clients and marketers maximize the return they get from their online marketing efforts.


  • marilyn

    Reply Reply October 14, 2012

    I love this quote “Fortes fortuna iuvat”, very inspiring and I see hope everytime I read this. There’s always ups and downs in business but support from friends and family will get you through out of it.

    • Rob Calhoun

      Reply Reply October 17, 2012

      I apologize Marilyn,

      I dropped your comment in with the spam because it didn’t have a gravatar. You should consider getting one, they’re free and work on any wordpress site as well as others that use gravatar. You can get a gravatar at: and you’ll get a greater return on your commenting efforts.

  • Rita

    Reply Reply November 9, 2012


    Fortune most certainly does favor the brave. After this election a business owner must be very brave. It’s good to see I’m not the only one who feels like this sometimes.

    What gets me out of it? Positive thinking!

    Stay positive

    • Rob Calhoun

      Reply Reply November 10, 2012


      You’re certainly right about the post election climate for business. I know it’s not easy, but stay positive!

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