Saturday, November 08, 2008

Is Your Refrigerator Running?

Mine is, but it has the knocks. Because it is still under warranty the manufacturer has sent a local generic repair company out to fix it 5 times. And now, instead of being pleased with the warranty service I'm irritated. The repairman said he usually works on cars.

This brings to mind an ancient proverb: don't bite off more than you can chew.

It will be tempting when trying to jazz up your sales to take on ANY work or projects. Projects that are on the fringes of what you actually can do well (or even enjoy). Resist the urge to venture out of your specialty - it can set you up for failure and take you away from what you do best. Plus you will not be as accessible to your already happy clients.

What was it that Tom Peters said a long time ago? I remember, "Stick to the knitting."

1 comment:

Dr. Jim Anderson said...

Zan: yeah, but what if you want to sew as well as knit. I think that you need to be just a bit more thoughtful when new opportunities come your way. Look at, they started out selling books and now they sell nearly everything. We all need to keep growing and trying new things is the only way that we'll find what works for us.

That being said, I agree with you that if you get too far away from your "core" you're going to get into trouble. Sure seems like we all need to do a better job of listening to our gut...

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