There is an old story I remember where a door-to-door salesman stopped by a house on a hot summer day. On the porch was an old-timer rocking in his rocking chair. Next to him was a dog lying on the porch deck. While the old man rocked away, the dog would occasionally let out a distressed howl. The old man just kept rocking away. Irritated, the salesman eventually asked why the dog was howling. The old timer answered that the dog was sitting on a nail and it hurt him. Perplexed, the salesman asked why the dog didn’t move. Still rocking away, the old man answered that the nail didn’t hurt bad enough to move, just enough to complain.
This story always reminds me of my days as a distance runner. It’s a story you see, too, the runner who continues to run in minor pain because it just isn’t that bad…That was me.
I see it in business all the time, too, owners uncomfortable and in some pain, enough to complain but not bad enough to take action.
The bad news with that kind of pain is that it gets worse unless action is taken.
They wish things were different, they know something has to change, and usually they are not sure where to start. They really don’t see a clear path forward or know a game plan for moving forward.
Before you think of this as a sales pitch for the service we provide (which we do, by the way), there are numerous ways to move forward and begin to minimize the pain and create a new future.
The path of progress has been traveled many times over and is well documented. It’s information readily available to anyone in the form of libraries, Internet searches, books, magazines, self-study courses, Mastermind groups, trade journals, blog posts – and the list goes on. In fact, there is so much that it can be, and usually is, overwhelming
The fastest way forward has never changed. It’s to be around the people that have what you want. The people who know what you need to do to get to where you want to go. Think apprentice, not the TV show, but the tradesman of years gone by. For many professions it was required, and the student had no choice.
Today we have choices. We can complain like the dog on the porch, hoping things will get better, or we can take action now. The fastest way is to take a hard and honest look at the people around you and invest time and money in yourself to achieve your upgrade in the fastest way possible.
Remember, you will only get results if you take immediate action on your ideas.
To your success!
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