Barry Moltz has a small business bucket list of things he wants to do before his business…kicks the bucket, I suppose.
The Open Forum author comes up with a list of ten such items, ranging from starting a business to (somewhat incredibly) getting fired or firing someone. I’m not sure either of those items would be on my bucket list, opportunities for growth as a human being be damned, but I see what he’s driving at.
Whether or not you agree with everything on the list, I like the concept behind it. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our goals for the next week, the next month and even the next year without ever looking beyond that. It’s healthy and important for you to set career goals, things you can achieve over the course of your lifetime that are gratifying on a level that “improve the revenue picture” may not be.
Here’s my (shorter) list of things every small business should consider adding to their own bucket document.
- Write a blog. Obviously I’m biased in this regard, but I think it’s enormously rewarding to manage a blog. If you’re not the writing type and your company has a blog, at least consider taking it out for a spin. The name recognition, the connections you can make and the ability to reach a large audience is an absolute blast.
- Take your business outside your comfort zone. I’m not suggesting overreaching, but trying something new. Even if you truly love your business, the same thing over and over for 30 years can wear a man’s soul to a nub. Mix things up, get your fellow employees involved in something creative and at least explore a new product, service or idea. Even if you don’t adopt it, you should indulge your creative side on a grand scale at least once.
- Get out in your community. Leave your business behind for a day, a week, multiple days a year, whatever. Take to the streets of your community and talk to people about what is important to them. Figure out how your business can fit into that puzzle. You can get a level of insight outside of the shop that you may never get inside of it.
Care to share your bucket list with us? I know I would love to see it.