Overall, I think our company did ok to survive the year 2014. I know we could’ve done better as an enterprise, but we learned our lessons the hard way.
The biggest mistake: Eagerness to grow.
“There’s always a management side for everything,” that is one of my motto when I started doing business. It is actually a positive statement saying that there’s always a solution to the problem. However this mentality that I have seems to have gone overboard, when my unrealistic eagerness to grow the business kicked in.
Realistically, the plan that we drafted would take a significant amount of time to achieve. But my motto told the team that there’s a better way to do it, and took the shortest route to get there.
We cut some corners and reached our goals faster than expected. But at the latter part of the year, consequences started to bite our butts.
Proverbs 28:20 opened my eyes of how wrong our motive was from the beginning. Hence, the trouble we’re experiencing due to it.
I learned that there’s always a process that we have to respect. Growth takes hard work, patience, and time to nurture. There are no short cuts.
I’d like to close this post with a story:
A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.”
“Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull. They’re packed with nutrients.“
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch.
Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.
Moral of the story: BS might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.
The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble. — Proverbs 28:20 NLT
Published on Jan 2, 2015