Our upbringing plays a significant role in shaping our attitudes towards time and money. From a young age, we internalize the values and beliefs of our family and community about what is considered “worth the money” or “a waste of money.” These beliefs can be charming and eccentric in our personal lives, but they can be costly in business if they are not aligned with our goals and values.
When it comes to time, our upbringing shapes our attitudes towards how we spend our time and what we consider to be a valuable use of our time. If we grew up in a family that valued hard work and productivity, we may have a strong work ethic and a tendency to prioritize work over leisure activities. Conversely, if we grew up in a family that prioritized leisure and relaxation, we may struggle with procrastination and time management.
Similarly, our upbringing also shapes our attitudes towards money. If we grew up in a family that valued frugality and saving, we may have a tendency to prioritize saving and investing over spending money on luxury items or experiences. On the other hand, if we grew up in a family that valued material possessions and status, we may be more likely to prioritize spending money on expensive items or experiences.
These beliefs and values can have a significant impact on our business decisions. If we believe that investing in expensive marketing or hiring top talent is a waste of money, we may miss out on valuable opportunities for growth and expansion. Conversely, if we prioritize spending money on flashy branding or unnecessary perks, we may be sacrificing profitability and long-term sustainability.
To succeed in business, it’s essential to examine our beliefs and values about time and money and ensure that they align with our goals and values. This requires a deep understanding of our own biases and the ability to challenge and shift our beliefs as needed.
One way to do this is to seek out diverse perspectives and experiences. By exposing ourselves to new ideas and viewpoints, we can challenge our existing beliefs and broaden our understanding of what is possible. This can be done by attending industry events, networking with people outside of our immediate circle, and reading books and articles from a variety of sources.