Saturday, February 13, 2010

What We're Up Against

As hard as you're willing to work, there's somebody who's willing to work harder and sacrifice more. Someone like George Cloutier, who recently did a Q&A with the New York Times.

The title: Fire Your Relatives. Scare Your Employees. And Stop Whining. An excerpt confirms the sentiment:

[Interviewer:] One might argue it’s easier for you to take these hard-line positions because you haven’t had to balance family considerations
[Cloutier:] I would be the first one to say it probably is easier. But the reality is, if you’re not fully committed and prepared to sacrifice what many of us would view as the traditional family role, you have a much higher probability of failing in a small business.
I'm not endorsing his view, but that's the competition.  In response, there are essentially three options:
  1. Work harder than him
  2. Work more effectively than him (smarter, more efficiently)
  3. Work in a space where you won't compete with him
They're not mutually exclusive, but at least one is necessary.