Lessons Dogs Teach Us about Growing a Business

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Lessons Dogs Teach Us about Growing a Business

Starting and growing a business requires discipline and structure.  While raising a dog requires emphasizing different types of specific, simple commands, we can draw parallels to the high-level objectives of growing a business.

These two beautiful pups are my male and female bullmastiffs, whose own highly-developed instincts can only be nurtured through proper training and development.

Here are a few ideas to consider along the path to growing a business:

1. What is Your Purpose?

Dogs who have achieved a balance in their life are constantly nurtured and satisfied in their interactions with their human friends.

The same is absolutely true when running your own business. By clearly defining the purpose of the business – who you serve, what you deliver, what you believe – not only will you have established a good foundation for building your business, but your employees and customers will feel assured and nurtured in their interactions with you.

Take the time now to define a purpose-driven vision for the foundations of your business, and you will find the rewards and enrichment follow naturally.

2. Establish Structure Early and Often.

Anyone who owns a dog understands, or should understand, that a well-communicated structure for behavior, followed up by constant training and reinforcement, will lead to desired behaviors and outcomes.

By clearly defining your objectives – daily, short-term, mid-term, and long-term – and strictly following the structure consistently, you will find it much easier to accomplish the tasks required for you to operate efficiently. Plus, you will be in a much better position to respond to the inevitable detours along the path to success.

This is the stage when clearly-defined communications can positively impact the speed and direction of your enterprising efforts. But, as with a dog, poor communication skills will result in poor performance.

3. Trust your instincts.

Dogs are amazingly well-programmed for acting on instincts and having situational intuition. Their keen awareness of their surroundings allows them to anticipate issues early with responses appropriate for the situation.

When running your own business, it is important for you develop and get in touch with your instincts – your gut feelings – as more often than not, your first instinct on specific situations is usually correct. As humans, we are constantly bombarded with external inputs, many of which tend to be data-driven.

Spending time each day comparing data-points with your instincts will help develop your own inner instinct, which will lead to better and faster decision making.

4. Get Out of Your Shell and Connect With People.

If you have ever been in a dog park or a situation with multiple dogs and owners, it is always interesting to see the interactions between humans and other dogs.

In most cases, you will find 3 types of dog personalities – (1) friendly, happy to interact; (2) cautious, wanting to check things out first; and (3) shy or inwardly focused.

On their own, these behaviors are not at all bad, but when combined with other traits, they can be a problem. Most importantly, if dogs are getting an appropriate amount of nurturing and human interaction each day, they will have balance, regardless of personality style.

As a business owner, it is important for you to establish a good balance of connection with other people on a daily basis, as it helps feed your soul with ideas, while providing (hopefully) positive feedback to your clients and suppliers.

Ever notice how good you feel about a business where the owner and employees happily remember your name and show interest in your life? By focusing on building relationships with people you connect with daily, they will reward you with repeat business and referrals.

5. Live In the Now.

Dogs don’t hold onto bad events like humans do, and primarily live each day as it comes.

Too often, we get bogged down by people and events outside of our control. While it is important to be aware of bigger-picture events and stay informed about the world-at-large, business owners will be best served by focusing on the issues they can absolutely control and not be consumed by things we have little input on.

If you study enormously successful business people, you find that while they will provide occasional input into world events, they are rarely obsessed by them, while remaining absolutely passionate about the environment they can control.

Learn to reward yourself when focusing on what is important today.

6. Make History Each Day.

Dogs don’t live long, relative to humans, so every day they find absolute joy in interacting with humans, playing catch, going for walks, and connecting with people at a spiritual level.

Too often, we get caught up in focusing on mundane details, forgetting that each minute that passes by is time that we will never get back.

By striving every day to make that day special, to keep track of what ‘history’ we made for ourselves that day, we can generate so much more toward our business and the lives it touches, and accomplish far more than we thought possible in a shorter amount of time.

Don’t wait – start your own history journal today!


What are some of the inspirations your dogs have provided you in life? Please leave your thoughts and comments below.

Enjoy this journey of growing a business, and marvel in the many rewards and happiness your success will bring.

To YOUR Massive Success,




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