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You Can’t Go Home Again!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

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Ever hear that phrase before?  Seems like I haven’t heard it in a while, though it “bubbled up” again today in a rather amusing way.  I was headed to lunch with friends, and was driving behind a hearse (UN-occupied, except for the driver, of course). 

You’re probably wondering what a hearse has to do with the story, right?  Well, a hearse makes me think of loved ones that have passed, which made me think about my grandparents.  My mom inherited their house when they passed away, and that house is currently on the market.  It makes me sad to see it leave the family after the countless number of visits and holidays we spent there…and all the memories that came with it.  Will the new buyers will live there, or follow the trend and tear down a beautiful house and build one that completely fills the lot?  (You know the kind I’m talking about, right?  Where the “yard work” can be easily managed with a leaf blower and a pair of scissors?)

Since my lunch was not far from the neighborhood I grew up in (up to age 10), I decided to swing by and see what the old house looked like.  And it was…drum roll pleaseSMALL!  How did this happen?  As I looked at the house, it was both exactly as I remembered it…and absolutely nothing like I remembered it.  How did two adults and two kids fit in this house that seemed so small to me now, and yet seemed so spacious when I was a child?

The answer is, of course, perspective. 

Have you noticed that the same is true in our business?  We all face challenges in our business.  At times those problems seem insurmountable — the most difficult challenge facing ANY business…EVER — once we overcome that challenge, it becomes like our childhood home:  SMALL.  Looking back, we wonder how we could have possibly thought that problem was big…because you’ve faced so many bigger problems since then!

It’s true.  You can’t go home again.  You’re not the same person anymore.  You’ve grown.  And so has your business!  When you’re faced with a challenge, what do you do to put things in perspective?



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