Thursday, March 12, 2009

It Isn't Just A Dog's World...The Opportunity Is Now

Me and the boy spent some time together today...the boy is a 90 pound boxer named Spike. More on that later in this article...

No, it isn't just a dog's world, the opportunity is now. What am I referring to? I am thinking on terms of today's economy, both business and personal opportunity.

I have done a lot of talking recently regarding the positive side to the downturn in our pocketbooks, with many references to what I think the opportunities are.

I do a lot of business reading. One of my favorite spots is I also focus in on stories that relate to businesses that are succeeding in today's world because they remember who they are, where they started, and the basics in life (caring for the backbone, the people that do the work), along with good products at low prices, such as Chick-fil-A and Dunkin' Donuts.

Today is a grand opportunity to start a small business, even in the current downturn. It is also the time to sharpen up your own personal people skills, and believe me, it goes very much hand in hand.

If you were dealing with a person, or a business, wouldn't you want to have contact with them again if they were honest, hard working, not afraid to show up early or work late, with old fashioned values? I would. I talked with a customer service rep the other day regarding my internet service. He actually took the time to speak with me on a personal level. I felt he was interested in fixing the problem. He gave me a very positive feeling about the company that he works for. Customer service gets a gold star when you talk to a person that emits respect for you. They fix the problem for you, or offer a good solution, and do not doubt your value. That is true customer service, and is true on the personal level, caring for the neighbor (as you want to be cared for yourself).

On a strictly business level, what about making sure every dollar counts? What about sound business practices (not cheating on the accounting)?

I see a lot of back to the basics in business and personal lives. I pat you on the back first (because I care about you). Yes, it can happen, and I believe it is happening! We can all succeed with a bit of effort. I love it. And I do think we are learning a lot from our world today. It isn't all about money (I want to see happy customers, and people that feel valued first), it is about who we are, and those that we care for. True success in life follows.

Now...back to the boy. Spike is from my first litter of boxers. The boxer boy did not get the training that his (late) father, Samson, got from me. He rode in the truck with me this morning when I ran a few chores. He has a lot to learn, almost wore me out! But he is worth it. I should have started on him when he was a 25 pound puppy, not a 90 pound, 4 year old boy. Does he look worn out in the pic? He was. But it was worth the trip, and the effort.

Enjoy your life!


Twisted Fencepost said...

I am beginning to think that this recession is what this country needs. We need to remember we are not numbers, we are the people that makes this country run. It's not all about the big wigs running things, it's about without the whole team, nobody wins.

KathyB. said...

I am always so encouraged by your posts regarding small business and enthusiasm for your own. Thanks for the pep talk and introducing Spike!

Stacey's Treasures said...

Spike does look worn out. You must have been hard on him.
I have been feeling more optomistic lately. I've decided to become a smarter shopper. I don't need all the name brands & can get by with store brands. It makes a huge differance on the grocery bill.

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

I love to hear the words encouraged and optimistic. We can make the life situations what we want them to be, glass half full, or half empty. Good to hear!

Yes, Spike was tired...but I have to let you in on a secret. His mother, Tyra, is nic-named Sad Sack. She has droopy eyes, instead of the almond shaped eyes that dad had. She looks both sad and tired, but beautiful. Fun dogs, they are.

Gioia Made Soap said...

Hi I also put a comment on Spike
it doesn't show up,
I wonder why?

Mary @ Annie's Goat Hill said...

I didn't see your comments...I guess Blogger messed up?