I wonder how many times my emotions have gotten the better of me in my business decisions.
I know that I am a very emotional guy when doing business. I have the butterflies and knots in my stomach when I have to deal with something I perceive as difficult or challenging – or just out of order. Not that there is anything wrong with butterflies and knots – I just know mine frequently come from an “Oh, no!” perspective instead of “This is exciting and exhilarating” perspective.
Believe me, I am an expert at hiding my emotions – but my mind rages like in the “Serenity Now” episode of Seinfeld. Kramer!
One thing that I have done to help avoid the “put the shovel down, time for a backhoe” situation is to surround myself with mentors – actually three mentors – all older, seasoned, mature, and cool.
Some of the best advice I have received recently probably went in one ear and out the other; BUT the CALM that came with the advice made up for the fact that I might have missed the words. And it gives me another opportunity to talk to my mentors again, after I have calmed down.
Oh, and I’ve got to mention that my Dad and Mom are great mentors, too. Thanks Dad and Mom!
And, thank you, @Garyvee for another great post and for this equation Business > Emotion.