It’s not personal, it’s just business.

I’m sure you’ve heard that phrase.  They say it like 500 million times in The Godfather.  But that’s a movie about the mafia, and I’m pretty sure we can all agree their ethics are questionable at best.  Besides, I don’t think they really believe it either.

In my experience, what you do in your business is a very good example of how you really are.

If you don’t fulfill your contracts, chances are you don’t keep promises to your kids or spouse.

If you lie about how much you made last year, chances are you are lying about your college GPA, or maybe your degree.

My point here is, if you treat people poorly, it will come back to bite you in the end.

Here’s a for instance…

My friend runs his own business building computers.  This summer has been crazy busy for him, and he had a few clients who needed older computers rebuilt.  At this moment, his schedule is booked up through the fall, but he didn’t want to leave his customers hanging.

In an effort to make everyone happy, he offered the work as a subcontract to a friend who needed a few extra bucks.

The friend did the work, and everyone seemed happy.  My friend was super ecstatic about the arrangement, until he found out that the guy he asked to do the work left HIS card with the clients.

What’s up with that?  Is it ethical to do that?

For me, there is no gap between business and personal.  My business IS personal.  I take pride in my business, and in my work, and I don’t want anyone to say, “She does good work, but she’s kind of a jerk…”

I think this huge discrepancy between business and personal is the exact reason why so many entrepreneurs are failing these days.  If you can’t be ethical in your business, I don’t think you can be ethical in your life.

What do you think?  Should there be a separation between business and personal?

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