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· Systems Fanatic
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If you read some of my posts you might get the impression that I think everything is fine and dandy in the world, and anyone who says otherwise is just a crybaby. That is hardly the case. I could write a list of complaints that would overwhelm Paint Talk’s server. But this isn’t the place for that.

There are problems with our economy. I don’t think that they are as bad as some would have us to believe, but there are problems. I have concerns about my business. We could be facing some challenging times.

But business, and life, is a constant challenge, in good times and bad. How we face those challenges is the real important issue. Complaining about low ballers, illegals, or the price of paint won’t address those challenges. That’s my primary point when I speak to those issues.

A rising tide does raise all ships, except those in dry dock and those with holes in the hull. But a ship with a hole in the hull is going to sink regardless of the tide. A rising tide will just put it out of its misery.

Paint Talk creates a rising tide—it is a great resource for all of us. It serves many purposes—learning about products, discovering new business methods, venting, and socializing with compadres. Those who care to put their ship in its waters can benefit as the tide rises.

You are the captain of your ship. You get to choose when to sail, to where you sail, and who will be your mates. And sometimes you might sail right into a storm. But if your ship is solid, and your mates are sound, the storm will pass and your ship will remain afloat. And everyone will learn from the experience.

The time to prepare for a storm is when it remains in the distance, not when it is knocking on your cabin door. If you have concerns about your business, now is the time to take action. Now is the time to beef up your marketing, develop systems, or do whatever is necessary to improve your ship.

Brian Phillips

· Born To Be Mild
4,956 Posts
I can honestly say that this board and its members have helped me to go outside my comfort zone and improve my business. I am not where I want to be, but so far, year to date is better than last year.

· Super Moderator
9,541 Posts
I am planning on taking steps this year to really improve my quality of life as a business owner. I am a small company, with 5 summer employees and 1 year round employee, but I am going to try to hire another year round and try to free up half my time during the week for running my business, not letting it run me. I want to get away from all the evening computer work, working up estimates, getting those couple small jobs done in the shop that will just take "a few" minutes in the evening. My girls are growing up fast, and if I do not take the time to get my business priorities right, I will miss too much. Listening to Brian and some others of the more business owner mentality has encourage me to try to move to the next steps.
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