Simple enough, wouldn’t you say. There should be little confusion between the two words much less the concept that underlies each. But there is a link between the two: Monkey Business and Money Business.
How many “ah-ha” moments do you have on a regular basis? If you are like me, you probably would welcome more. But, when that really BIG “ah-ha” moment strikes, it strikes hard, right in the pit of your stomach!
Two years ago I started my business. And, yes, I know that being an entrepreneur, being a business person, is not a static endeavor–it is always changing, but rarely does a change like this one come along; but, when it does, you know you had better pay attention. And I am paying attention.
For two years I have worked to develop a niche for my business in money coaching. While my company name has remained and will remain, my title, for example, has changed a number of times as I more fully realize what it is I am really doing. I work as a money coach, and I fully realize now that what I do is bring “calm” to people’s lives. I do “transformational” work. It is important work. I have known that from the very beginning, it is my passion, and it is my mission.
There are several major contracts I have been working toward over those two years, and at this moment, in the month of July 2014, one is a done deal, one is being reviewed by my attorney, and one is coming my way in the next few days. This is a big deal, I should be elated, I should be celebrating. Then why am I writing a blog instead of doing just that?
Because, just like the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for”, it is an OMG moment. The realization today as I am reviewing contracts and preparing information for pending contracts, is that “OMG, this is real!”
Yes, for the first time in two years, even though I have been meeting with coaching clients, presenting programs to nonprofits and for profits, it has been a hand-to-mouth existence, a total struggle to keep moving in the right direction while never having a doubt that this is what I am meant to do. But now, yes, August looms ahead and there is much to do to keep moving, but September is where it all begins to change: the contracts will be totally executed, assignments will begin, and now I am a “business”.
It is time to get down to business, and it is time that my business will become a “Money Business”. Until I hit the reality button today and realized that this is “real”, up until now, while I have written a book, prepared proposals, networked, and sat in many, many meetings, it is almost reminiscent of my father’s admonition when I was a child: “Quit the Monkey Business and get down to BUSINESS!”
Yes, the time for Monkey Business, or playing at my business, is over. It is time for my business to be a Money Business. For the goal of business, in addition to fulling a passion and becoming my mission, is to make MONEY!