Unfortunately, our lives are not filled with perfect days and businesses that run effortlessly and challenge free. Or at least I haven't had the experience.
Like most business owners, you likely find yourself with new challenges on a daily basis and the need to solve them quickly and efficiently. But how do you find the next possible solution?
The Dumb Entrepreneur keeps trying to do the same thing in the same way and expects different results. The definition of crazy.
The Smart Entrepreneur takes a more active tact. It starts with the chant - 'There must be another way. There must be another way. There must be another way.'
Once you appreciate the answer is out there, you need to find it. But how?
1. Look at the problem from a different perspective. Could it really be an opportunity? Run it from back to front. Stand on the other side i.e. look at it from the perspective of the operator, customer, vendor or ???
2. Ask someone new for help. If you've tried all the usual suspects try someone different. Not connected to the challenge and with nothing to gain or lose. Could be a forest and the trees situation or maybe they have a solution from an unrelated industry that translates to your business.
3. Go online and find the answer. I know this sounds lame but I have found more answers, more quickly and with fuller explanations just by Googling it. Remember, it is likely that someone, somewhere has experienced the same challenge as you. And nowadays they have probably posted the solution online.
Now go solve your challenges and move your business forward.
And feel free to forward this email to your team.
Working daily to inform you, Eric
Eric Gilboord, A2E