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What Challenges do you have?

Published on 6/24/2013
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Do you have these challenges running your business?


Building business in a 3rd
World Country!

I just had my
work-flow disrupted because I have NO electricity. I know what you are thinking, but you would be wrong, I did PAY my electricity bill. The issue is
when you work your business from a 3rd world country
(what-ever that
means- maybe a future blog) you have challenges. Believe me this is not
first time. I am walking out of my house right now and going to sit here
and finish this blog. My air-conditioning
also is off and according to what I know the temperature is 95 F outside
but that is a lot better then inside the house as it might rise to 100
F. But how do I handle these sometimes daily
occurrences is what makes the difference.

A Real Life Example!

I have been
in a middle of a video conference with some highly influential individuals and
my internet goes down. Since I have digital phone number to the USA, guess what
my phone goes down as well. They just saw me “disappear” from my meeting and I can’t call them from my cell
phone because it would be extraordinarily expensive as it is over $2.50 US dollars
and some meetings last two hours, sorry but I do have a budget and that is not
going to happen, unless under very important circumstances. Now as a human being my virtual stress meter
just shot up to a very high level. I can
just say “ I give up, I can’t do business here” – which by the way I have said
a few times already or I can learn from this. How can I learn from this?

Pre-Plan and Stay Calm

I just lost
connection with people that I am meeting with, what are they thinking, do they
think that I just hung up and left my own meeting. At first they did think that, but after this
happened a few times before I get onto any call using video or phone, I tell
them point blank- that I sometimes do have issues with electricity and internet
connection, please bear with this situation if this does happen. If this does
occur in this call, I have a back-up plan and I will get back to the meeting as
quickly as I can. If you don’t see me back in 15 min, please note we might need
to reschedule this.

I then will
attempt to connect with the portable modem I have, or race to my mother and
father in laws house , one mile away and connect there, go to the church office, and or go to a
public place that has wi-fi connection. This can be an extra challenge as if I
do go to a public place it can take a good 15 min to get set up again and login
to go back to the meeting. Today, I can’t do that as I have a person coming over
in a little bit and I can’t leave them here in my house while I go off and find a

Duck Analogy!

One of my
good friends, who went into ministry after many successful years as a
broker/owner of a large satellite office for a large insurance company told me
once. You have to remain calm, no matter
what you are going through at the time. You have to stay professional at any
cost. If you do, you will be more successful in the long run. He explained to
me and gave me an analogy that I still remember 12 years later.

Be Like a Duck

Be like a
duck! A Duck, what does that have to do with business? He told me that on the
surface when you look at a duck (being from Minnesota originally, I have seem lots
of them) when they are swimming they are very calm, their heads are up, they
look like they are just gliding on top of the water effortlessly. However, if
you dip your head into the water near their flowing body, you will find that
their two little webbed feet are frantically working to create that glide-like

Right now
since this just happened, I need to make a decision. I need to make sure that I
can work without using the internet, thus this blog post, which was actually
going to be worked on later today, I just did it now. I had this on my to-do
list, so I knew it had to be done, so I just moved this up to a higher
priority. Just re-arrange my schedule plans.


So just like
Nike has said for many years – JUST DO IT. Or as the late Jim Rohn said in a talk he gave that was published on
Youtube – Just Do it, and Do it, and Do it. When you get to where you want to
be or the goals you have set for yourself or your company you just keep on
doing it. Do it till you no longer are alive. He was talking about even when someone who has achieved a rung in the
corporate ladder or just won an award for achievement based on excellence he
would congratulate them and say Just Do it.

Plan of Action

What we Do is
really up to us, we know what we need to do every day, we know what our unproductive
hours are and what are productive hours are, or at least we should. We know
that if we don’t do it every day as business owners and professionals we are
not going to thrive. Building a business from day one is not easy, sometimes
not fun, sometimes very challenging, but we as entrepreneurs know this is the
journey we must take; this is the path we must walk. We need be calm like the duck and show others
that we are professionals. I remember what Toyota used as their “tag line” in
the Super Bowl commercial a few years back that I really liked “ Keep moving
forward “! Or my good friend David Whiteford a Champlain for the Hennepin jail
district and former business owner said all the time- “keep on keeping on”-

PS. Want to
do more with your time on a daily basis, you might want to take a look at this,
for me it was a no-brainer and I use it every day , as long as I have internet
connection that is. – let me know what you think of this
or of this blog, comments are very much appreciated.

P.P.S. Oh by the way
, waited for one hour, still no electricity, waited for the person that was
going to come over, told her to leave nothing she could do anyways. I went to
brother in law to get my older cell phone since the day before I dropped it in
the ocean taking cool pictures of my son and does not work. Brother in law gave
my old cell to his son which of course he was not there. Went back, locked
house, went to Pizza Hut in town to do finish this blog and also have many more
email’s to send and calls to make using Google Voice through Wi-Fi, see if that
works. My appointment that I had set up
a time to talk to, emailed me and called me, so I have to reschedule our time
together, I am sure he will understand. You guys who live in the USA and other
developed countries take so much for granted, I am saying this with tongue in
cheek, I also did when I was there.
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