Every day we face opportunities for growth and
opportunities to teach. They are, of course, not always easy nor are they, typically, the message we want to hear. So, what do you do when the message you NEED to hear is not the message you WANT to hear? Well, usually, to be truthful, you just ignore it. Which is why the phrase of acceptance, "we learn by repetition" is so conventional. Because it is true. Sad, but true.
Last night I attended a "sunset mixer" put on by the local business association of which I am a part. The place was crowded, I mean, packed to the gills. Mostly, because it was held at a local business celebrating 25 years - entrance was free - no charge for food - the hope that booze would be served (it was not) - and the possibility of gaining a new paying or referring business contact. We attend because of hope.
I met two young men that had completed, not too long ago, the entrepreneurship program at the local state university. They were enthusiastic and loved what they had, thus far, achieved and were eager to make as many contacts as possible. They were fresh, untainted blood. They saw potential instead of drain. They saw opportunity instead of loss. What does it take to change another's perception? It may be too much for some.
These two young men not only offered an intriguing product and service; they also offered sound business advice: connect with your client, fulfill your promises, and make a difference. They made that difference because they weren't the other guy. They wanted success and promoted biz for their clients, as well as the other guy. There is plenty of opportunity to partner with others, one way or another.
A more seasoned business man joined our circle and declared just that: partner for success. When we promise to work together, to cross promote, to create an alliance, who actually hurts from this? Success waits for those who participate with enthusiasm and a passion for achievement. I have a question, do you believe competition is good for small business or is partnering the better way to go? Do you focus on how you are different or simply how you are better? Lessons line our business days. Is better better?