A week ago, I received a message from a good friend, indicating that he had noticed what he thought was a typo on one of my blog posts. In my efforts, there are very few things more frustrating than messing something up in the minutia. Sure, enough, he was absolutely correct!
I knew exactly how that mistake had taken place. I could sit and try to come up with a reason for how I had overlooked it, how it really meant what I said, or that it was a new concept I had come up with, but that would be kind of fruitless (although I have worked with many who would make a herculean task to argue their correctness). The point is clear; someone saw an error and pointed it out. What a kind and thoughtful thing to do, and what a great gesture in assisting me with fixing what could be an embarrassing public presentation.
Thank you, friend!
A reflection on this gesture brings up a good point to be taken seriously; there are many people along our journey that are there to assist, and with good reason (not just good intentions). While we often are enamored with how successful we can or have become, none of us get there by ourselves. We have friends, clients, employees, vendors, associates, partners, colleagues, and even our children and spouses, who contribute heavily to all of the facets in our efforts, and have a hand in carrying the load, offering the advice, and pointing out the errors. They are an objective set of eyes and hands and thoughts, that do much of the heavy lifting and supplying, making the job easier for all of us.
Self-made we are? I think not. We should be grateful for the assistance and input of others.
Benjamin Franklin put it best in a short poem that shows the impact of others that contribute, and what we potentially lose if we do not accept even the simplest input of others;
“ For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For want of a rider the message was lost,
For the want of a message the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”
All at the cost of a nail, or the good input of a friend and colleague….
In our daily efforts, we encounter the seen, and the unforeseen. Growth challenges. Strategy challenges. Competition challenges. Financing challenges. The need to make a best decision is critical, and the need to have an objective and informed decision is equally as important. What we don’t see CAN HURT US if we are not careful. The results could be Sales Stagnation, Rudderless Steering, Loss in Industry Status/Missed Opportunities, all of which could be detrimental or terminal if we are not careful.
Have you looked at your environment lately, through someone else’s eyes, to see if you are missing anything? A good place to stop and take a look at your efforts is at the Mile Marker. Mile Marker Business and Consulting Services, LLC is focused on looking at your business with you, and bringing fresh perspective to assist you in determining how things can be better. Let’s start a conversation.