Are We Having Fun Yet?

Today is the traditional day to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  But since most of us work for a living and don’t have the day off, today’s post is about a different kind of fun.  (What you do after work tonight is up to you.)

I don’t think it’s a stretch to believe that you got into business because you thought you would enjoy "being your own boss".  The question is, are you still enjoying yourself? 

In 1995, Michael Gerber wrote the very popular "The E-Myth Revisited".  The book has sold over 3 million copies, so you may have read it.  If so, consider this a refresher course. 

When Gerber first wrote the book thirteen years ago, beginning a word with "E-" certainly didn’t have the same connotation as it has today.  Many of our sons and daughters might see the book and think it’s about something electronic.  But the "E" in E-Myth stands for "entrepreneur".  And the myth?  According to Gerber, there are two definitions:

  1. The myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs. 
  2. The fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does the technical work.

Not to worry, the E-Myth is not an insurmountable obstacle to achieving success.  Failing to acknowledge it and act accordingly, that’s a different story.

At just over 260 pages, and with a price of $16.00, I’m not going to try to paraphrase Gerber’s words here because you really need to read the whole thing.  I wouldn’t want you to think that by reading a single blog entry, you got the whole premise of the book.  That wouldn’t be fair to Gerber or to you.

What I will say is this, if the business just isn’t fun anymore, don’t panic.  First, get you hands on Gerber’s book and read it.  Second, take his advice.  As he says in the "Afterword" what you must do is take an objective look at the state of your business as it is today.  That’s the first step.  The second step is to decide what your "perfect" business looks like.  The difference between the two is what Gerber calls "the gap". 

As he says frequently in the book, when you buy a franchise you don’t just buy the name, you buy the systems.  Every single french fry at every single McDonald’s in the world is made using exactly the same system.  That’s how you want your business to run.   Set up systems that work every single time, no matter who’s running things.   Do it right and you plug "the gap" and business becomes fun again.

This is the part where I often ask you for your comments.  Regular readers know that these requests often go unfulfilled. Since this is such an important topic for so many of our readers, today I’m offering a bribe.  If you’ve read The E-Myth Revisited, and if you have successfully used it to improve your business, we’d love to hear your story.  Anyone who posts a comment on this post by noon (Central Time) Wednesday will receive a free copy of Gerber’s latest book, "E-Myth Mastery",

That’s it.  It’s very easy.  Share your success story with your fellow readers and receive a free book.  We’re waiting to hear from you.

Oh, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

[Full disclosure:  Mine Your Own Business and Tacony Corporation have no connection with Michael Gerber or his publisher.  Your intrepid blogger purchased his own copy of The E-Myth Revisited at full retail.  Prize book will be purchased the same way.}

One Response

  1. I haven’t read the book but what works for me is Don’t sweat the small stuff. Be nice to people, help the community and find the best possible people to run the show. After 30 years I have a crew that I am proud of and I let them know it.We go to Sunday brunches, Crab feeds, Pizza on Saturdays. I give them the power to make decisions,even if they make a wrong one they know it’s not the end of the world.

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