I am very happy to say that we all made it through 2007! Happy New Years folks! After I returned from my New Year’s program I began thinking very hard about my future.
So what was I thinking? Well I was thinking about how well I do business in so many different areas which were good thoughts, but then wondered why I hadn’t begun this path earlier in the year. Many times through our business careers and our personal lives, we seem to want to wait until other people give us the recipe for our personal success. If the entire world thought like this hundreds of years ago, would we have all the advancements that we have now? Why is it that so many entrepreneurs lack the drive to find new ingredients for success? Why are so many of us “microwave-minded” and impatient with the time it takes for success?
Why are we constantly waiting on the next businessman/woman to do it for us? Have we grown in a society of non-enthusiasts? Why do we go with the cookie cut plan that everyone uses?
Why because business is very similar to cooking. There are some of us who will rather buy the microwavable dinner to short-cut our work load to enjoy instant success. As we all know good food is always well prepared in advance. The right fruits, vegetables, and meats are all carefully selected just like accountants, lawyers, products, services, equipment, intellectual properties, employees, etc.. A great cook realizes that if he or she compromises the quality of the main ingredients, this will also compromise the success of their business.
If I had to choose the kind of food that businesses reflect, I would have to say baked goods! Why? Of all things that you know that can be made in a hurry, bakes goods are the ones that can’t be rushed. If you find an “instant birthday cake in a bag” or something similar to that tune, let me know! I can almost guarantee that’ll be the most horrible cake known to man!
The point of all of the food correlations is that you can’t rush your business into success. You will continuously have to monitor it’s progress so that you know when to make your next move. Removing your business from the “oven of progress” too early may cause premature complications. Although there aren’t any guaranteed recipes for success, trying something new might give you a better chance at achieving your goals. Don’t be afraid to find ways to add more flavor to your business!
Success can’t be rushed. Even if you make an extremely fast dollar today, that doesn’t mean that it’ll last for a lifetime. Many entrepreneurs who experience overnight success wind up failing later on if they don’t know the steps needed to making a business thrive for years on. Your “cake of success” may not always be the best upon completion and that’s okay because you’re learning how to make it better every time you do it! Take initiative! Try new ingredients for success!
Practice. Complete. Experiment. Evaluate. Repeat.