In 2015, I spent 7 weeks in the hospital. Most of it in ICU. 12 days on a ventilator.

The story Richard Hammond shares below reminds me of my ICU experience, and the fact that the voice of a loved one is a powerful part of the recovery process. Hearing and seeing my wife and other family members was a big part of why I made it home.

If you ever find yourself standing over the hospital bed of a loved one with a seemingly huge gulf between you, remember this story. There is strength in love. There is power in your voice.

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You’re a small business owner. It’s been your life for 20 years, maybe longer.

Now you’re thinking about selling your small business, slowing down, moving on to something else. What are you most concerned about?

• Employees — Will they be valued and appreciated?

• Clients — Will they continue to be taken care of?

• Legacy — Will this thing I’ve created be preserved?

• Finances — Will the sale provide me with enough money?

• Future — What will I do next?

A few million business owners will be ready to sell before the end of this decade. If you’re one of them, what are you most concerned about?

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What will your world look like after you sell your small business? It’s not too early to think about that.

George has a lesson for us here. He didn’t wait for things to happen to him. He got busy creating the world he wanted to inhabit.

If you plan to sell your small business in the next 2 to 5 years, one of your priorities is to start imagining what your “what’s next” looks like. Then set a course to create that reality.

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If you want to sell your small business, you need to change your mindset.

Most small business owners identify as just that — owners.

It takes a mindset shift to start thinking like an investor.

Your old mindset: “I own and operate a business.”

Your new mindset: “My business is an asset that I’m investing my time, knowledge, and labor in with the goal of increasing its value.”

Adopt this mindset and you’ll begin looking at how you make decisions and operate your business in a very different light.

Stop thinking like an owner. Start thinking like an investor.

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Stephen V. Smith

Stephen V. Smith

Helping small business owners get their Money, Mechanics, and Mindset ready to sell their companies | Editor of “I Want To Sell My Small Business” newsletter