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November 2018

What A Bunch of Losers

See that picture. What a bunch of losers we are!



It was taken a couple of years ago at the Barkleigh Honors dinner. We all lost. We failed to succeed.

What exactly does that mean?

Did you know that Henry Ford had 5 failed businesses? R.H.Macy had 7. Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job due to lack of creativity. (insert eye roll here)

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

It isn’t failing that’s devastating; it’s fear of failure and learning what didn’t work. Fear of failure is what keeps many people from even trying. And not understanding the flaw is what prevents those from trying again. Can you imagine a world without Mickey Mouse? What if Walt Disney quit after his second bankruptcy?

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

Let’s talk about one of my failures. Just one. I could talk about more, but we would be here all day.

My goal was to teach pet first aid to the pet grooming industry at national educational conferences and trade shows. My friend, Beth, and I took the training and began teaching local classes. Some of these classes had ONE person in them. To fully appreciate this, we are both mobile groomers who wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $400 for the day and we were splitting $150 for the day before expenses.

First failure. We approached a trade show director about teaching the class at an upcoming show. We were asked if we could teach a class of 50. We lied and said yes. She was nice about it, but I could tell she was just being polite.

Second failure. We approached another trade show director at a different show and this time we were prepared with a course description and bio’s. She smiled and thanked us.

Third failure. We approached the second trade show director at the next conference and added a crappy video of our class. This time she looked at me and said, “You’re the gals that teach pet first aid.” Took the video and went on her way.

In all this time, neither of us gave up. We evolved our pitch and worked on our skills, knowing we will teach this. We worked and prepared for that day.

Our first class didn’t come from any of the trade show directors we approached, but rather from different show.

We have since taught pet first aid to thousands of pet professionals.

Look at that picture again. None of us let not winning something stand in the way of moving forward and continuing to contribute to the industry we love. In fact, we ran over to Ren ( show photographer) before the winners even had an opportunity take their photo and made him take it. He thought we were nuts.

What are you failing to succeed at today?

6 Easy Time Management Tricks

6 Easy Time Management Tricks

Today’s to do list is as follows:

  • Write two blogs
  • Work on the next workshop

That’s in addition to working full time as a mobile groomer. I will have no problem getting this done thanks to these 6 easy time management tricks.

  1. Turn off electronic devices for one hour. Well, except for the computer. I need it to write the blogs. Log out of Facebook or use an internet blocker app. The internet blocker apps can be found in your app store for each device. Some are free, some are not. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish when you are not distracted by dings, whistles, and bells.
  2. Meditation. Sometimes you just have to waste a little time in order to free up more of it. One of the benefits of meditation is that it promotes mental clarity. You are not so scattered brained.
  3. Practice making snap decisions. It helps to retrain your brain to think quickly. An example would be deciding what you want off the lunch menu. Look at it, decide immediately, place your order. Done. On to the next.
  4. Identify your most productive time of day. For me it is mid afternoon into early evening. If I try to get up early and hit the ground running, it only results in me dragging my butt all day.
  5. Delegate responsibility. You do not have to be a superhero. Let other people either do their own jobs or reduce your workload by enlisting the help of others. It can be as simple as asking your SO to do the laundry.
  6. Break down larger projects into manageable pieces. On today’s list are two outlines for upcoming articles. So next week, I will write the articles. The following week, I will edit and send to the publisher. Very easy bit size pieces.

Tomorrow’s to do list includes working on an upcoming book and a newsletter.