Business Lessons Learned from Some Daring Acrobats
By Golda Smith
I don’t know about you but the last few years, I’ve spent New Year’s Eve in the comfort of my home with a glass of champagne watching the madness happening in Times Square. Would you believe that this native New Yorker has NEVER celebrated New Year’s in Times Square? I detest crowds and being around drunken people.
This year I was invited out and although I had no idea where I was going I said yes. So Saturday evening Zuri, Mykai, Mwangi (there dad) and I jumped in the car and headed towards Queens. We get to within 600ft. of our destination, according to the GPS and park the car. Remember, I still have no idea where we are going. Unable to find our destination Mwangi starts asking for directions.
Turns out that the theater was being renovated and they didn’t update the address on their website. Fortunately we still had about an hour before the show started. At least I know I’m going to see a show! So we get back in the car and begin to follow directions given to us by a kind voice on the phone.
We followed directions to the letter and finally made it…we literally walked in as they were dimming the lights.
If at first you don’t succeed, try again but don’t give up!
Were we frustrated when we arrived at the first location only to find that we were in the wrong place? Yes. But if we didn’t trust that we would eventually get to the theater we would have missed an AMAZING show.
That’s how it is in business many times. You plan to go in one direction and things often don’t go as planned. According to your map, you should end up at the corner of “made it” and “success” but after some time you look up to find yourself at the corner of “busted” and “tired”. Those who succeed don’t give up. They re-route their internal GPS and try again.
Once we were seated, I learned that we were going to see a performance by the …never heard of them but I love a good show and I was pleasantly surprised. The curtain opens and there’s a young lady on stage. She starts doing her thing…balancing a tower of glasses with one foot and as she’s doing this, she’s twisting her body, bending her body, doing things that looked down right painful, but with such grace. Some of her co-performers come out with four matching glass towers…one for the other foot, one for each hand and for her forehead. She slowly turned her body while balancing those glass towers and never dropped one! It was utterly amazing.
Mykai leans over and says, “I’d like to do that but I don’t think I can”
Immediately, my response was “You can do all things through Christ who strengths you.”
Success often comes after MUCH preparation
How many times do you look at someone and say to yourself, “they’re just so lucky” OR “everything THEY always succeeds” OR “if only I knew their secret, then I would be successful too” OR some variation? What looks easy only looks easy because often times there were the years of trail and failures…that we don’t see. Most of us want to pop the champagne while by passing the pitfalls and the blood sweat and tears that are often part of learning and perfecting new skills.
The first half of the show was just breath taking but the second half was better. One of the acts involved six of the female performers; each one holding a string and moving what looked like a wooded thimble back and forth on this string. They would toss it in the air and catch it on this string. At some point, they tossed this thimble (I’m sure that’s not what it’s called) to each other and they would catch it on their string. Well during one of the tosses, things didn’t go as planned and it landed in the lap of someone in the front row. The performer simply walked over, picked it up and continued with the show…after all, the show must go on!
You will make mistakes; how you handle them will dictate your success or failure
So many people who say they are in business are afraid of making mistakes. Go figure! They’re so afraid of what people will think IF they make a mistake that they do nothing at all, telling themselves that they must continue to get more training, re-read some book, get a better planner, make more money or some other excuse to procrastinate and avoid the pain.
Oh but wait, there’s more!
Out comes a tower and one on the male performers gets on top. Someone hands him a chair which he does a handstand on. Bravo. They hand him another chair. He stacks it on the first and does another handstand. Wow! They had him another chair…he does another handstand. In the end, he stacked 8…count em, 8 chairs and does a handstand.
He’s like 50 feet in the air, holding himself upside down on a stack of chairs! I held my breath and sometimes covered my eyes because one slip and…
Sometimes you have to take major risks on your way to success
I once sold a car to attend an event and pay some bills. I was scared and questioned my sanity but it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I often turn down dinner invitations or anything that really requires me to spend money unnecessarily. I’ve lost some relationships on the way to building my business simply because my focus has changed from one of unconscious spending to one of deliberate and thoughtful investing and that ticks off the people who aren’t really about anything…MAJOR risk.
What major risks are you taking in your entrepreneurial journey?
It was a lovely evening and a great way to ring in 2012. I was with my family and I couldn’t ask for anything more. I was so grateful for that experience. Every day you have opportunities to learn some lesson that you can apply to business, you just have to open your eyes and your heart.
What lessons did you learn today? I’d love for you to share.
Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" and enjoys working with other moms to get them into the happy zone and living the lives they were meant to live! She has a FREE report entitled “5 Ways To Talk To People About Your Business Without Ever Picking Up The Phone”. Don’t listen to another dial tone, get this NOW!