Build a Business Using Tools Not EmotionDo you know how to build a business?

If you are like me, a working woman over 50 you’ve probably never built a business before. Thinking back, I remember how shocked I was at what I needed to learn in order to be successful. How do you build a business working at home when you don’t have a clue? Tools. You use the tools available from your new company, your business coach, and other suggested sources.

Just the other day, a good friend and business associate and I had a conversation. We have worked together in business for years. Both of us struggled with a lot of the same issues, but our main hurdle was our emotions. It seemed that we always ended up feeling this or that about a decision that was made like this employee or that one leaving the corporate staff.

I was able to share a few thoughts about emotion and business that I had learned from associates in my brick and mortar business. The first thing necessary is to understand that your business does NOT define who you are nor your success in life, YOU do. Your actions determine whether you are building a business or playing the part; you do the work, results follow. As for the business, it is simply a tool used to get what we want, a means to an end.

An example to make it clearer might look like this. A carpenter is capable of building a house, with the tools kept in his belt. He uses one of those tools, a hammer to pound nails into the frame to hold it together. Collectively, those walls nailed together using the hammer builds a home which is his goal. If the carpenter did not use his tools but instead was in a state of emotional distress about the owner changing the shift foreman would the house get built? No.

So, when we allow negative emotions to paralyze us, we not only hurt ourselves; but, we hurt everyone else around us that needs and wants what we have to offer. Removing that emotion we are able to use business as a tool to help others get what they want and as a means to an end for us (what we want or our goal).

I hope this story helps you today. It sure took the weight of the world off of my friend's shoulders; I could hear it in her voice. Enjoy the rest of your day. Go, share your story. Help someone else get what they want and your needs will be cared for, too.

Carla J Gardiner, The Fiery Grandma


Carla Gardiner is a mom of 2, the fiery grandma of 7 and has been married to her husband for 38 years. She is focused, and driven; a business owner who made a big move in her late 50’s which rocked her world. Transitioning from her native hometown to her new home 3 states away took guts, work, and dedication to get the job done. Now, she is focused on helping other women handle life’s changes after 50 while making the transition to their retirement lifestyle; one they’ve been dreaming of instead of the nightmare it could become.

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