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Small business owner, are you sharing your “true” story?

Spent the evening with an awesome group of people. It was a diverse group made of business owners, bankers, mechanics, real estate agents, house wives, retired people, etc.; they all had one thing in common, they had all participated in a Cursillo Weekend. This common bond allowed us to share a meal and then share our stories, not from a superficial position, but speaking freely from the heart.

Yes, we shared our faith stories and after we left I got to thinking about all the business meetings I attend. It seems that most people in a business group share a story that will make them look successful. The rest of the group accepts the story and share similar stories. Just like in our personal lives our business lives have their ups and downs. It’s difficult to help someone if they don’t share their true business story.

Every small business has a strength that they can share and at the same time, a weakness that they need help with. It may be time for you to establish a business group where the members are willing to talk about their strengths and weaknesses, their triumphs and failures. The rest of those in attendance can help by offering their strengths and leaning on the strengths of others in the group to overcome their weaknesses.

Deep inside, I believe that every business owner wants to find such a group but is afraid to admit that they may need help. This business group would be very unique. It’s not only about getting new business but finding out what the needs are of the other members and reaching out to them. Start your group even it’s only with one other business and you will recognize other potential members as you walk your business walk.

Greatness is not defined by what a person receives, but by what that person gives.

Nick J. Petra      I share my gift of planning and coaching. Read my gift daily by subscribing to my blog at

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