On this episode of In The Box Podcast, we talked about the concept of forgive and forgetting. We also chatted about handling situations where someone interprets a situation differently than you, why it’s hard for businesses to delight customers, what it means to be a professional and if it’s possible to do good work when you’re angry.
It pays to work on your story, to figure it out before you launch or reach out to publications, but what entrepreneurs often forget is they don’t have as much control over their story as they think they do.
You can tell your story to every guest that walks in, but when they walk out, all that matters is the story they tell others, which may not be the one you told them.
The best stories are about businesses who listen and do, not those who profess their story before they ask you for your order or tell you their story as they’re checking out your items.
Listen and do. Let your guests tell the story.
Stay Positive & Talk With The Interest Of Listening More
On this episode of In The Box Podcast, we discussed the concept of luck, the need to experience something to passionately sell it, whether life mirrors business or if it’s the other way around. We also talked about the advantages of being early and argued about false equivalency (fortunately never settling to agree to disagree).
On an earlier podcast Michael and I chatted about how so little surprises us anymore. On this podcast Michael stuck a check-up question about surprises in the box. It was a good time. Well worth the listen.
Episode 16: Luck, Being Early, False Equivalency And More
Selling – Does one have to experience a product themselves to sell it passionately?
Luck – Is luck something that finds you randomly or something you create?
Early – Do you believe it pays to be early? (early to a meeting, early to send email, early to say I love you?)
Surprises – Been surprised by anything lately?
False equivalency – How can we eliminate false equivalency?
Mirror – Does life mirror business?
Stay Positive & Refresh Your Life, Refresh Your Business
The landscaping service at my dads doesn’t care if you pay them right away. It’s apparent they don’t keep good track of the number of times they’ve taken care of the lawn. Money isn’t a priority for them.
One guy on Shark Tank nearly lost all the investors because he told them he’s not concerned about making money.
A remarkable TV personality spoke at a panel event I held the other week. When she told the audience that details matter, she had to add she was referring to the details of making money.
When it comes down to it, nothing functions without money. Not a business. Not electricity. Not even us.
Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank has a definition for a startup and for a company.
“A startup is a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.”
“The corollary for a large company is: A company is a permanent organization designed to execute a repeatable and scalable business model.”
I tend to put my faith (and money) in startups who don’t bound themselves to the definition of a startup, that believe they will be more than just a startup. To always be a startup is to always be searching for that repeatable and scalable business model.
Better to say, “We’re a startup soon to be large company.”
It’s sexier, it’s packed with drive, not just busyness.