Three Things Batman and My 4-Year-Old Taught Me About Business

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Karyn Connor

Senior Editor @ GoneWithTheWord

A few days ago my son bounded into my bedroom and with all the beautiful grace of a four-year-old boy. My husband and I watched as he threw down his Batman rug and then proceeded to painstakingly spread it out beside our bed.

Then he looked up at us and beamed. “It’s for you,” he said to us.

His batman carpet? But he loves it!

It’s for you, he said. I’m sharing it with you. And he bounded back out with a huge grin on his face.

What did this teach me about entrepreneurial success as a writer and business woman? Everything.

  1. Build a solid foundation. Before you begin any entrepreneurial pursuit, either as a writer or businessperson, you need to know where you are grounded, both physically and metaphorically. Where will your grass roots be planted in terms of geography and industry? For example, are you a romance writer based both in location and theme in the sexy cowboy state of Texas? Are you a marketing executive in the big city focused on businesses with a cause? What defines you? Makes you unique? That’s your foundation. And it needs to be comfortable beneath your feet, otherwise you will grow tired of standing there.
  2. Share information. As an entrepreneur you are called upon to share on social media, at networking events, and with people throughout your day. Make a point of helping people when and where you are able. How can you help? By posting tips on social media. Or by mentoring people who ask for guidance or tips. “Sharing is caring.” That has become one of those taglines that people use in email signatures and all over social media. In business terms, sharing information and insights portrays you to be a confident, generous and secure person. Those are also characteristics of success.
  3. Know your limits. Three days after the carpet had been generously deposited beside my bed, my son bounded back in to our bedroom, scooped up his batman rug and said he needed to continue the sharing by giving it to his Batman bear to use as a blanket. He knew that you cannot infinitely give to someone. Sooner or later, you need to help someone else and let people continue on with their own skills and determination to guide them. Otherwise, you become a hindrance rather than a support.

Sharing is confidence in yourself and your abilities. Those who share are successful. Those who hoard are not. Even if you can find someone who is successful but miserly, I will tell you to wait it out. Their success will fail. There is a reason that the character Ebenezer Scrooge (and his inevitable downfall) is iconic.

What “carpet” do you lay down at the feet of the people around you?

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