6 Things Leonard Nimoy Taught You About Being a Business Owner

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Live Long and Prosper, and Other Lessons to be Learned

Hours after the “What color is the dress” situation broke the internet, it was reported that legendary actor Leonard Nimoy passed away at the age of 83.

When you think of Nimoy, your mind probably travels (with the help of the Enterprise) to the world of Star Trek. But he was far more than the beloved Vulcan he portrayed on TV. His final tweet before his passing tells all about the type of man he was: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”

And now we are going to try to preserve his memory.

The title of this article might have sounded odd to you: Leonard Nimoy hasn’t taught me anything about being a business owner. Maybe not directly, but have you ever thought about the words he’s said and how they may be applied to the success of you as a business owner or your business in general? Well, that’s what we’re doing today.

So, with quotes taken from Nimoy himself and also his Vulcan alter-ego, here’s our list:

  1. “Live long and prosper” This is rightly the first one on our list. Perhaps the most well-known Spock-ism, “live long and prosper” tells a lot about your success as a small business owner. When you have an idea for a business – and actually put it in motion – your long term goals are to have it be the be all end all for you; for it to grow and prosper year-over-year.
  2. “I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful, collecting these shards of spirituality, that we may be helping to bring about a healing.” In business, your main priority is to help customers. Whether it’s by providing a service or selling a product, you are giving your customers the things they need to succeed. Those things are useful and helpful. But in addition, you have the power to make a real difference in many people’s lives, whether that be through just providing your goods and services or giving back to your community in other ways. Continue to bring about a healing; continue to be useful so others can rise with you.
  3. “Change is the essential process of all existence.” If you’ve read our past article on “Top Business Tips for Success,” one of the lessons to be learned there is not to be afraid of change. As Nimoy (or in this case, Spock) said, without change, nothing would exist. By changing, you evolve, you grow, you become better. If no mistakes were made in business – or you didn’t re-develop an idea or two – where would you be now?
  4. “I believe in goodness, mercy, and charity.” Whether you’ve ever thought these specific words or not, you go into business because you believe in these three things. Goodness – to improve yourself, your community, your industry, your family. Mercy – Compassion and a willingness to help others in need. Charity – Giving and providing to the greater good with the products and services your business provides.
  5. “The miracle is this: The more we share, the more we have.” Not to put a monetary message behind this, but you are sharing your talents (the object of your business – why you decided to open in the first place) with your customers. The more you share that talent, the more money you bring in and the better you feel.
  6. “I am not Spock.” In Hollywood, actors who play major roles often get known for the remainder of their career as that character. In business, it’s kind of the same. You get so focused on what your business does that you encompass it and sometimes forget that you can be and do other things. It’s important to have a good work/life balance and remember who you are beneath the business.

RIP, Mr. Spock, Leonard Nimoy. May you live long and prosper.