Follow Your Business Bliss: Let Your Passions Be Your Guide

David NilssenBy David Nilssen, CEO & Co-founder, Guidant Financial

Follow your bliss. We’ve all heard this simple advice, stated succinctly by writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell. We’ve heard it so often that maybe we’ve lost sight of Campbell’s intent. It wasn’t permission to do nothing, or to squander our gifts. In saying “Follow your bliss,” Campbell exhorted us to action. To proactively seek out what we’re passionate about and build a life around it. After all, if you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t feel like work—but you can make it your living.

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Happiness Is… Being Your Own Boss

By David Nilssen, CEO & Co-founder of Guidant Financial

Actually—happiness is in empowering others, which comes naturally when you’re the boss.

Empathy, community, and courage – just a few of the values that line the walls at the Guidant headquarters!

Think of it this way: in an orchestra, the conductor is the most powerful person yet he or she makes the least noise. The conductor infuses others with opportunities to make beautiful music.

Being a small business owner isn’t so different. It’s a gift to be able to develop the raw talent in your employees and push decisions downstream. When you harness their capabilities, you not only encourage them to grow; you strengthen your organization as a whole.

I’ve seen this time and time again at Guidant.
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