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Making a living is not a laughing matter, or is it?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

“Hardships come but hardships go, and nothing makes both of the peaks more beautiful or its valleys more bearable than humor.” This quote was taking from page 205 from You, Inc., a book written by Harry Beckwith.

You don’t have to tell me how stressful this business can be. I know what anxiety feels like, and I know what fear feels like. Now that I think of it, I know what disappointment feels like, and I know what rejection feels like.

If one didn’t know better, you would think that I just wrote the definition of entrepreneurship in the travel industry.

What keeps me going, and I think what keeps most successful entrepreneurs going, is the fact that they hone the skill of looking at their business and finding the humor in it all.

I know that making a living is not a laughing matter, but there are sure times when people prove to the world that they are funny creatures. If you are ever in the need for a good laugh, just take a look at yourself. It works for me.

I’m not suggesting that you become a comedian, and I’m not suggesting you become anything but a clown or a jokester. I am suggesting that you hold on to your sense of humor, and find time for a good laugh.

I’m reminded of the day with a Russian immigrant told me over dinner, “Mike, if you can’t make it in America you can’t make it.” I will take poetic license and include Canada in this example.

Work hard. Play hard. And always find time for a good laugh. You will feel better and you will have your competition wondering, “What’s so funny?”

Mike Marchev, president of Head First Sales, is a featured Sales Motivational Speaker at franchise, association, and corporate meetings around the world. His column appears regularly in industry magazines and E-zines and he is the author of four books, the most popular being Become the Exception.