Anonymous Distributor

What a crazy year 2011 has been. But I suppose that makes it normal. When I see an uptick in outdoor power equipment parts and accessory sales, or I see or read about a substantial rain storm somewhere, and start feeling positive, I know I can count on a television or radio, economic or political newscast to make me feel “blue” again.


But wait a minute. Enough complaining. What about all the good things happening to us and our businesses? Can’t we focus on that for a while instead of the negative? Take a pen and write down five positive things about a family member, a terrific employee (or something “neat” that happened at your business) or a friend who is always there for you. We focus so much on what is not good in our lives that we tend to ignore all the good things going on around us.

I truly believe that every morning when we wake up, we get to choose what kind of person we will be that day (i.e. How we will approach life). Will we see the glass half full or half empty? Will we choose to be unhappy and grumpy, or will we choose to be positive and upbeat? Our decision affects everyone around us and influences how they face their own challenges and opportunities.

I made a decision many, many years ago that I would not let unhappy people make me unhappy too. Unhappy people go through life trying to make everyone around them as miserable as they are. You and I can be foils to that type of person who receives pleasure from making us miserable. Don’t let them. Focus on the good and positive. Ignore their complaining and ranting. I suppose we might say, “Ruin their day” by smiling, being positive, and focusing on making the good things happening around you even better. It’s simple. And it works.


Although I wasn’t a close friend, I did get to spend some one-on-one time over the years with Jay Peck, president of Subaru Industrial Power Products, usually at dinner or in a business meeting. After a brief battle with cancer, Jay passed away on August 10. It’s never easy to lose a family member or business acquaintance so quickly and unexpectedly, especially someone you admired and respected. Jay’s family, his friends and his industry will miss him greatly.


Want to be a better person, boss, employer, dad, mother or friend, and seem composed and smarter too? Of course you do. So try doing some of these things: Do one thing at a time. Know the problem. Learn to listen. Learn to ask questions. Distinguish sense from nonsense. Accept change as inevitable. Admit mistakes. Say it simple. Be calm. And don’t forget to smile, smile, and smile some more. Just do it.


Did you see where Google bought the phone manufacturing arm of Motorola for $12.5 billion? That’s certainly not “chump change,” is it? The Motorola division it actually bought is called Motorola Mobility. But some people are suggesting that it be called “Googorola.” Seems only appropriate, doesn’t it?


You may have a lot of passion about making your business a success. But you have to remember passion is not the key to business success. Building a successful business requires a lot more than just passion. Passion gives you the energy and drive to get you through the challenges you face every day. But then it takes commitment and dedication to reach the next level.

Business success depends on practicing the fundamentals daily, keeping your eye on the goal, being willing to be coached, and maintaining a strong and committed work ethic. There are lots of passionate people in the world who never achieve their goals. Building a business is plain old hard work. And just like a great athlete, if you don’t have the discipline to get up and go after it every single day, then you’re not going to be successful. Do you have what it takes?


I found the following anonymous quote on the Internet and wanted to share it with you:

“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course.

“Each of us has such a bank. Its name is time.

“Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night, it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft.

“Each day, it opens a new account for you. Each night, it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against ‘tomorrow.’ You must live in the present on today’s deposits. You must invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success.

“The clock is running. Make the most of today.”


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