This is how a new business owner introduced himself to me after one of my presentations.
"You’re a business owner,” I said. “You have to work hard."
I wish I would have asked, "Why did you introduce yourself that way?”
Here’s my assumption: I’m a Baby Boomer (which is a safe assumption), so he assumed I would assume that he doesn’t work hard, because he’s a Millennial.
I don’t assume that, but assumptions happen too often between generations – especially between my generation and his.
The only relevant assumption is that if you own a business, you must work hard and put in long hours.
Age is irrelevant. You can be 25 or 52 or 85. There’s no generational exception to this rule.
Owning and operating a business is hard (and rewarding) work.
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