Every business person, no matter how successful they appear, deals with failure daily. It’s just a part of doing business.
|Every week, I fail in my business.|
I never can outguess the customers!
Looking in from the outside, you don’t see the whole picture. A smart friend told me he’s intimidated when he looks at people he considers successful in business, including me. I started listing off a few of my more notable failures, from personnel to assets, to marketing and advertising.
Every week of the world, I put in my stock order based on my best guess of what people will want to buy for the next week. I’m never completely correct. I get close, but there are always misses and sometimes horrible mistakes. It’s just that no one sees them, except for the hole in the shelf.
But from the outside, you don’t see it that way. You think it’s all planned and precise, when I know that it’s really messy.
My weekly stock ordering failures remind me that failure is a constant in business. If you’re not committing some errors and experiencing some failures, you’re probably not doing anything.
Don’t be afraid of the failures. They are the only way you can learn and grow.
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Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband have a small cattle ranch and are lifelong entrepreneurs. Becky is an international speaker on small business and rural topics.