The Four Doors of Innkeeping is based on the book The Four Doors: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaningful Life by #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans. There are more than 17 million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated in more than 24 languages.
Door #1: Believe There's a Reason You Were Born
Never underestimate the power of belief. Not only is there a reason you were born, but there is a reason that you are an innkeeper. Just like teachers with their students, you will never know the amount of lives you touch for the better as you host and serve your bed and breakfast guests. Remember that as you extend warm hospitality to each of them.
Door #2: Free Yourself from Limitations
Most of our greatest learning experiences (and successes) come because of adversity (and failures). Everyone has problems. It's how we deal with them that matters. If you had to deal with (or are in the process of overcoming) zoning issues, renovation problems, or even a public relations nightmare, you can come out better on the other side.
Door #3: Magnify Your Life
Dreaming is the first step to making our lives greater. Ask yourself, "What if...?" Be willing to take risks. We should use our talents and gifts to make more out of our lives. This could mean that in addition to running a bed and breakfast inn, that you may add a restaurant, a gift shop, or even a spa.
Door #4: Develop a Love-Centered Map
Love is the secret to joy. The greatest source of happiness comes from giving and receiving love. Love is what love does. We develop love through service. Love is both the destination and the journey. As you appropriately love your guests, they will come become repeat visitors as well as spread by word of mouth (and hopefully online reviews) their enjoyable experience as your guests.
The author reminds us that we have a choice to live a more abundant life, a life of joy, freedom, and meaning. We can improve our lives by opening these four doors of innkeeping.