virtueSelfishness: devoted to or caring only for oneself; concerned primarily with one’s own interests, benefits, welfare, etc., regardless of others

Entrepreneurs can be selfish but with one difference. We still care about others while we concentrate on ourselves.

We know what is best for us.

Rather than living up to the expectations of others, we live up to our own. By becoming our best selves, we have more to offer those around us. While we know we have to compete with other business owners, we tend to spend more time trying to better ourselves.

We deserve our best.

By being mindful of our own needs and our unique qualities, we bring our customers products and services that are of use to them. Rather than copying what is already out there we come up with new ideas that improve on what is available. At the same time, we won’t cut corners on quality.

We think of ourselves.

We work from our home offices. This way we can put in extra hours when we want to, trying to come up with innovative concepts and original methods of making complicated things simple. This makes life easier for others but most of all it makes life easier for us. We make our businesses part of the way we live our lives.

We never let ourselves down.

By being responsible for ourselves, we make sure our most important needs are met. We look after our health, get lots of sleep, work hard and make sure we have time for our families, friends and hobbies. This way we have more energy to help those that need it.

We are self-centred.

We focus completely on what we are doing. We realize that short-term pain means long-term gain for all of us but we won’t ignore our needs while making those gains.

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