Tip Of The Day - 9/30/05 - Flexible

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Sean Adams, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,597

    In this day and age success often depends on one's ability to be able to adapt and change when necessary. This requires flexibility. If you are "dead-set" in your ways and refuse to try something new, the times will pass you by and so will your competition. I heard on the radio this morning (can't remember who said it) that an inventor in the late 1800's or early 1900's was giving up on inventing things because in his words "everything that can be created or invented already has been...". Guess he was wrong. Listen to what others have to say, no matter how far-fetched it may seem... Good 'ol Bill Gates was told that his idea of everyone in the country someday having a PC in their home was "absurd".
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Who's Bill Gates?

  3. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,654

    When you work for other companies you have to be flexible and learn their ways or else you risk being fired, and when you’ve worked for a number of companies you tend to pick up on various ways of being more efficient and of doing things differently. I found this to be true, and after I began working for myself I took the best of these tricks that I learned from each place and incorporated them into my own operation.

    However, now having been on my own for some time, I’m beginning to feel as if teaching this old dog new tricks is getting a bit tougher. Perhaps the one thing that robs us of being flexible is our over complacency with our business and with what we’re currently doing. Well, you know how it is… Put blinders on a horse and he’ll never know that he’s getting passed by.
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    and whats a PC??
  5. Steppenwolf

    Steppenwolf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 403

    Pacific Coast 800 cc mc made by Honda :) years ago.Looked like a scooter.
  6. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    Well... if Plan A doesn't work then go to Plan B. If I get to Plan Z then I can always start over with Plan AA. :p

    Also, if something is working right with a particular maufacturer's part/equipment don't be afraid to say something. Sometimes they are aware of the problem and have made appropriate changes. Sometimes you might just be the first one to spot a problem and have helped them nip it in the bud. I've changed products based on how someone reacts to my problems. I feel that a company that isn't flexible and wants my input is a company I don't want to deal with.

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