MORE ON THE PLACE OF FAMILY IN BUSINESS
Your family is, directly or indirectly, also part of your business. Your stance with your family, their support, and the wellbeing of the integral parts of the family all matter a lot in your business. It does not make business sense to relegate the interest and welfare of your family to the background in the guise of doing business. You can wake up one day and see your family in ruin while you are busy pursuing business, and the bearing that this can have on your business cannot be overemphasised. There is need for you to always maintain a balance between the two-family and business-such that neither will suffer as a result of too much attention to the other.
After God, your maker, you owe almost everything to your family. You originated from God through your family. You were properly brought up with care and attention by your parents or guardians. You were trained and disciplined under your parents, who gave you a sense of direction in life before you could locate that business you are so engaged in. Therefore, as you succeed in business, you have to give back what was invested in you, without reservations. Do not let your very busy schedule in business distance you completely from your family. Do not forget that money alone cannot be a substitute for the affection and quality time your family requires from you.
We businesspeople tend to live our lives anyhow, sometimes taking life “as it comes”. This, however, is not supposed to be so, for life is what YOU make out of it. Life should not dictate to you. You should dictate to life what you want out of it, by maximizing the best of what life offers you. And your family, which you did not choose for yourself, is one important thing that life has offered you.