The "Where have they gone" thread kinda got me thinking about something that I've been chewing on for a while. I was watching American Choppers on NYE, they were doing the Dixie Choppe bike, I think. Paul Sr was complaining yet again about Paulie not having a sense of urgency about getting the bike done. I'm not exactly sure what he said, but basically he stated that he was the one that owned the business, that all the responsibilities of the business fell on him, and it was his job to make sure everything got done. Then he said something about Paulie not understanding that, and thinking he can do what he wants and take his time, dilly dally around, etc. Then he said That's the difference between someone who owns his own business, and someone who works for someone else. I couldn't agree more. Paul hit the nail on the head. When you own your own business, and you want to succeed, you work your ass off to make sure it happens. Whether that means working late into the night and busting your butt to get things off the ground, or riding employees to get them to work at an acceptable level. When I started, I spent all my time trying to make my business work. I worked a full time job, then went out all night long putting up fliers all spring and fall. I'd do estimate calls any time of the day, and all my spare time was involved with making the business go. My partner on the other hand, had a take it or leave it attitude. I had to drag him out to do estimates, he never wanted to work late, complained about not having time off, etc. Even untill the day he quit he never quite got the idea that when you are self employed, you gotta bust your butt trying to make things work. He never really had initiative to do things on his own, kinda always looked to me for instruction or what to do. It was obvious after the first few years that I was the one in charge and he didn't want much to do with the management side of the business. Now that he works for someone else, I think he's a lot happier. People tell him what to do, he works set hours, and when he's done for the day, he goes home and forgets about everything. Me, I've always hated being told what to do by people. I hate working for others, and I am always thinking about the business all the time. I sacrificed personal vacations and free time for a long time just to get things going in the business. Because it was more important to me to create something for myself than rely on others for pay. My goal was to build a business, not work for someone else. And you know, I've worked harder in this business than I ever have for someone else. When you are personally invested in something and want to see it succeed, you put more in. When I've worked for others, I do the minimum and that's it. For me, I bust my ass constantly because it's for me. But it's worth it for me to do that. Some people it's not worth it, they just want to put in their time and go home. Those people should not be in this business. I guess maybe that's why I'm not real fond of Paulie on American Choppers. I identify with Paul Sr more, because he's the person where the buck stops. He's responsible for all of it, and has to kick ass to get his son to work hard. To see Paul just sorta goof off and wander around so much, not have direction or sense of urgency because of business responsibilities makes me angry. Anyway, the bottom line is, whether you are in the business to mow lawns or program computers, owning a business is tough, demanding work. It's not meant for everyone, and if you aren't into hard work to build something of your own, stay outta it. Some people are meant to own their own, the rest are meant to work for others.