Not much, it’s true. We know that mixing love and business is often a toxic and regrettable decision. We’re often encouraged to keep our love life and our professional life in two separate arenas. While crying on your bosses shoulder about your latest break up isn’t a great idea, there are things to be learned from your relationship drama (other than how to realize when he’s just not that into you).
Here are some universal truths that we learn in love, as they relate to business…
“You must love yourself before you can be loved by someone else.”
Think of your brand as your self-conscience. Only when you are comfortable in your own skin are you ready to open yourself up for business. It can be so easy to get caught up in the work we have to do for others that we quickly neglect keeping up with ourselves. Whether it is your personal brand or your company’s brand, in order to produce quality work and continue a growth trend, you have to give yourself a little TLC as well.
“Honesty is the best policy.”
A statement undeniably true in love and business. Consumers today want transparency and respect; an expectation that corporations will only be able to meet once they accept this norm. While some situations seem to be temporarily fixed with a lie, a commitment to honest and open communication is the only true, sustainable solution.
“It is better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all.”
If you never try, then you’ll never know. In love and business there are risks to take and mistakes to learn from. In order to become a true leader in any industry, you have to be willing to take your chances and put yourself out there! If it doesn’t flesh out, you chalk it up to experience and know better next time.
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
When you’re passionate about what you’re doing, the results will be telling. All things–even in the professional realm–need love in order to grow. No amount of skill can fill the gaps that only a passionate devotion fills. After all, if you don’t care, why should your consumers?