The Chronicles of Narnia: Discover People Can Be a Distracting Nuisance To Business Ownership

In watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, I quickly discovered that Eustace was a uncooperative nuisance and a continual party-crasher. A real bummer! Same for business ownership. There will be people who are a huge nuisance and you don’t want to be around them because they become a huge distraction, bring you down, and is bad for business.

For most business owners, they can’t stand to be around nuisance. Nuisance people tend to be negative, demeaning, lazy, and it’s unattractive…INSIDE. Now, I’m not saying you have to hang around negative people or even like them. On the contrary, you need to develop Positive Relationships and cultivating these type of friendships takes hard work and trust.

People Can Change If They Choose To

What I am saying though is that, given the right situation, knowledge, environment, and opportunity, nuisance-prone people can learn to change if they choose to. That’s just it…they have to WANT to make their lives better. We can’t accomplish this task for them.

People who decide to take the necessary steps for personal development and growth, realize that they genuinely can live positive, productive, and “attractive” lives. Have you ever been around a person, especially for me, it’s usually a female, who has a very profane and vulgar mouth? One who seems to use expletives every single word?

NOT VERY pretty, is it?

Caring and Encouraging Positive Action

Like Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, some people just need some encouragement to become better human beings. Some need the knowledge to know better. I’m partial to this, however, because I believe there’s some “common sense” when it comes to behavior modification and breaking “bad habits”.

People, annoying, nuisance-prone people, need to know that someone cares about them, believes in them, and is willing to invest their time to help the “subject” discover that they can become more than what they currently are. In the scope of business ownership, this awareness is vital for any business to grow substantially with any value.

Usually speaking, Positive Changes in a person’s life takes Positive Action and doesn’t happen overnight. Especially, since bad habits have taken, sometimes, years to develop. It shouldn’t be expected to get a person who’s a nuisance to you and your business to change right away.

Nonetheless, with effort, determination, perseverance, knowledge, and taking action, positive and valuable results can exist!

It may take some time. Yet, it CAN happen.

Meeting Nuisance Head-On

So, what can one do? Well, I believe that we need to encourage those willing to change and leave behind anyone willing to remain belligerent, a nuisance, apathetic, lazy, who desires just to live a mediocre life. Not much you can do for them anyhow!

In the space of business ownership and entrepreneurship, meeting nuisance head-on can be a creative way to cultivate your patience. Invite these types of challenges, annoying customers, and see it as an opportunity to develop your personal growth.

How can you help? Below are 3 ways to help an annoying, nuisance-prone person break the “annoying,” sometimes destructive habits.

1. Help Them Identify When the Habit Appears Most Prominently

Conscience awareness is vital to identify when a bad habit appears. Often, habits appear just like clock-work, without much thought. It’s on the sub-conscience level that a solution becomes more challenging. There’s hope, though. I say that the bigger the challenge or obstacle, the more glory there is in overcoming it.

2. Help Them Define How Much Control They Have Over the Habit

Everyone wants control! Mostly, people with nuisance and bad habits just don’t know HOW to control themselves. No self-discipline. It becomes essential, especially in a business ownership situation, to gain control when circumstances get out of control. Someone who truly leads will be able to discern when they need to “jump in” and take control of an annoying customer or employee.

3. Help Them To Break the Habit By Replacing It With a Less-Annoying Habit

This is easier said than done, I know. Nonetheless, it’s better to replace a bad, sometimes destructive habit, with a lesser one because this allows them “space” to work through their behavior modification processes more effectively.

In my opinion, I’d rather see a person bite their nails than have them constantly interjecting their words by disrupting the conversation when I’m speaking.

Everyone reading this probably has been guilty of interrupting someone when they’re talking.

Most importantly, be patient and do your best to show grace and compassion when dealing with a nuisance. Show kindness, gentleness, self-control, and humility. Often times, if none of this works to help them, you just have to ignore the person and move on with your business and life!

Secret Discovered

Whether in a business ownership or merely in life, you’ll soon discover that people can, and will, be a distracting nuisance. They WILL exist. It’s a part of life. Fortunately, people can change if they choose to. As Servants and those who Lead, we are entrusted to lead by example and illustrate what it means to be overcome bad habits and to live positive, productive, and attractive lives.

In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, you’ll notice that Eustace realized his annoying behavior and how he had become a “royal” nuisance to everyone. It took great deal of encouragement, grace, and patience to have Eustace turn around from his actions. Eustace made such a turn around, that his actions influenced C. L. Lewis’ next 2 The Chronicles of Narnia books.

Do you suppose you could help someone overcome their bad habits? If so, how do you suppose helping someone if you’ve got to conquered your own bad habits? Once you do become victorious, how will this “defeat” cultivate you into a better, more courageous person?

Women Empowered Through Business Ownership

Helen Reddy said it best in the 70s: “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore…” The 70s may have had some bad clothes and disco music, but the 70s also opened the door for women, and in many ways, became the Decade of The Woman.

Women have become empowered over the last 30 to 40 years in wide variety of ways, but one of the biggest ways women have become empowered is through business ownership.

The statistics on woman-owned businesses are impressive and empowering enough on their own:

Women In Business:

  • As of 2008, there were 10.1 million firms owned by women. (Ownership is defined as owning 50% or more of a company.)
  • These businesses employ over 13 million people, and (as of 2008) had generated $1.9 trillion in sales.
  • Women-owned businesses make up over 40% of all privately held companies.
  • One in five companies reporting revenue in excess of $1 million is a woman-owned business.
  • 3% of businesses owned by women report revenue of $1 million or more.
  • According to, 69% of women are more likely to seek business advice than their male counterparts. Only 47% of men will seek advice. (Does this really surprise anyone, give the whole “men won’t ask for directions” thing?!)
  • Women-owned business have been growing at twice the rate of all U.S. companies.

Women Of Color And Business Ownership:

  • Women of color owned 1.9 million businesses in 2008.
  • These businesses generate $165 billion in revenue annually, and employee 1.2 million people.
  • Between 2002 and 2008, women of color owned businesses grew more quickly than any other privately held companies.

Clearly, women are a very entrepreneurial group! Studies have long shown that women are capable multi-taskers, effective problem solvers, creative in approaches to many aspects of daily life, and are often the financial planners at home. These unique skills have lent themselves beautifully to the empowerment of women through business ownership.

Women often create successful businesses because they have identified a need through a specific set of circumstances. Women have created hair care products specifically due to the lack of products they want or need and can’t find. Mother’s Helpers and Home Fairies came about because women have long wished that “they had a wife.” Niche businesses developed for women by women are hugely successful simply because women identify with other women on a very specific level.

There are many opportunities in today’s market for an enterprising woman to develop her own business, big or small.

In an article by, these six start-up business ideas were marked as “Hot Markets For Small Businesses:”

  1. eBay drop-off sites
  2. Search Engine Optimization and Internet Marketing
  3. Performance Apparel
  4. Niche Health and Fitness
  5. Technology Security Consulting
  6. Service/Products For the Hispanic Market

However, the list for starting your own business is virtually endless. Take a look around you and see if there is a business need that can be filled.

Other ideas for women-owned businesses include:

  • Tutoring
  • Free-lance article writing for online business promotions
  • Gourmet Food production and sales (Think Mrs. Field’s cookies!)
  • Personalized Gift Basket Sales
  • Resume Writing
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Pet Sitters
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Online Affiliate Marketing
  • Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching

Many of these business ideas can be started with little working capital. Not all businesses take a large investment for start-up costs. Many of the ideas listed above can be done from home with no employees and no overhead costs such as rent, insurance, additional utilities, etc. And, many work-from-home businesses are entitled to a tax break because you are using your home as an office.

If starting your own business is appealing to you, or starting your own home-based business is an idea you’d like to turn into a reality, then pick a direction, research what you would need to get you started, and join the millions of other women who have been empowered through business ownership!

There really is something to that “I am woman, hear me roar,” song. Thanks, Helen Reddy!

Exploring Business Ownership – Craft Your Reason to Be in Business (Part 3 of 7)

We’re exploring the ins and outs of business ownership for wannabe business owners who are considering taking the plunge. In part 2 we decided that a good definition of a successful business is…

A self-sustaining entity that allows you to achieve your lifestyle goals.

Defining Your Lifestyle Goals

What lifestyle do you want your business to provide? As I shared in part 1, some people fantasize that business ownership will allow them to be waited on hand-and-foot on the French Rivera, which I refer to as “gentleman farmer’s syndrome.” Fair warning: Maybe you can achieve that goal after retirement, but failing to actively oversee your business while you own it means your business will almost certainly fail!

Even big business is not immune from this fact of life. A good example is Lee Iacocca when he moved from the #2 spot at Ford to assume the chairmanship of Chrysler Corporation. He first focused on rescuing the troubled automaker by bringing out the K car (remember the K cars?) and introducing the mini-van (originally a Ford concept that Ford didn’t feel there was a market for). His efforts were successful and Chrysler was able to pay back their government loan in full, ahead of schedule. In fact, the federal government actually made money from the first Chrysler bailout.

But even a corporation as large and talented as Chrysler suffered while he was later distracted in the 1980’s by traveling to raise funds to restore the Statue of Liberty. Chrysler lost market share during that period that it never regained. Without the captain guiding the ship it wandered off course and again required a huge effort to just avoid disaster.

Get rid of any visions (hallucinations?) that you have of creating a business that would support a gentleman farmer’s lifestyle. It’s the road to financial disaster. Successful businesses always have active owner involvement and oversight.

Your Goals May Change

In reality, lifestyle goals vary widely and may change over time. Some may want to make huge sums of money, but others might place a higher priority on having a flexible work schedule, or not having to work backshift or weekends or holidays. Still others really desire a business that creates intellectual stimulation (think Steve Jobs of Apple Computer) or positions them in the spotlight as a community leader. And others might want control of their calendar so they can be at Parents to Lunch with their elementary school child or be able to ramp down their calendar during the summer months when the kids are out of school.

The point is that you may value one or more of these attributes above making large sums of money. Craft YOUR reason for wanting to be in business. Don’t simply adopt someone else’s.

Still have the “itch?” Employees, franchise owners, and entrepreneurs all think differently. In part 4 we’ll explore how employees think differently from business owners.