5 Rules For Working With Family
"How do you make it work?"
That's the question I'm most frequently asked—and they're not referring to my business, winelibrary.com. They want to know how I've managed to grow successful businesses and work so closely with family.A little background first: I grew up in my dad's liquor store, launched winelibrary.com in the early '90s, and leveraged that platform. I was the apprentice at one point in my career and learned a lot from my dad by watching him and studying his work ethic. My dad was a silent leader, and I think many people would be surprised to find out how different we are: He is an introvert, whereas I am an extrovert. That in itself could be problematic, but we made it work.
BY Dave Kerpen
As a social media entrepreneur and author, I get contacted by dozens of people each week who want my help or want to work with me. I put myself out there, and since responsiveness is so important to social media--as well as one of my personal core values--I reply to each and every person who asks for my help. I used to even meet with anyone and everyone who reached out.
Even if you're not as active as I am in social media, if you're a business leader, you're often solicited by salespeople, asked for help from random people, and presented with many would-be distractions on a daily basis. If you're at all like me, you may try to be nice--or helpful--and take that call, reply to that email, or even agree to that meeting.
Great leaders learn every day, and reading great books is the one of the best ways to learn. I've been fortunate enough to read some excellent books over the last fifteen years - books that have inspired me to change the way I see the world, my business, and the opportunities in front of me. In the order in which I've read them, here is a list of nine books which have changed my life. May they change yours as well:
If you clicked on this article, you probably don't like your job, and you probably have at least a shred of hope that if the stars aligned, you could. But finding fulfilling work isn't something that you should leave up to chance – it takes effort and action.
"Finding work you love really begins and ends with your surroundings," says Scott Dinsmore, founder of Live Your Legend, a site that inspires and prepares people to build careers they love. "Spend your time with people who inspire you and people who refuse to let you give up."