"A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams."
--- John Barrymore
Happy New Year to all of you wonderful sign professionals! This is a time to start fresh with a clean slate and a hopeful eye toward the future. It truly is a time to plan, set goals, dream dreams, and charge into the year with a refreshed vigor and renewed energy for putting our head and shoulders into our work.
It is also a time to look back at what we've accomplished, what we didn't, and how to make corrections going forward. Unfortunately, one of the costly mistakes a lot of us tend to make is taking too long of a look back at 2012 or even further. We dwell on the past instead of taking a glance. We make monuments out of moments and hang onto those mistakes that continue to haunt us. While it may be fun to watch how some media outlets reflect on the most important moments of last year, we should choose to look at the past in order to learn from it rather than yearn for it.
"I have many regrets, and I'm sure everyone does. The stupid things you do, you regret... if you have any sense, and if you don't regret them, maybe you're stupid."
--- Katharine Hepburn
Not having regrets is a healthy way of living and of running a business. When we focus on regrets we tend to miss opportunities that propel our business forward. Having and keeping a clear mind, free from the clutter of regrets allows us to have more energy, be more creative, and give more of ourselves. Without the excess baggage of regrets, we have more to offer to our team members, vendors, prospects, and customers.
"Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets."
--- Henry A. Kissinger
There is not one person in the sign industry, or any industry, that can honestly claim that they did not blow it sometime during 2012. We all made mistakes and we all wish we had done some things differently. The smart players are those that have learned from those situations and moved on toward better things. They don't roll around in a past issue like a pig in mud. They get themselves up, brush themselves off, and start all over again (sorry).
"Chris Cooper once told me to never have any regrets. After Chris said that to me, I walk into every scene thinking, 'exhaust every possibility.' Once you get to a certain place, it's like you just deliver everything you've got. Don't have any regrets. It pops up in my mind over and over and over again."
--- Jake Gyllenhaal
Begin 2013 with a claim to not live with regrets. Since it is a given that we all make mistakes and that in this world, we will have trouble, let's decide right now that when times of trouble and mistakes come, that we use them as a teachable moment and then move forward. Let's not even mention regrets and let's even remove the word from our vocabulary.
Wishing you and regret-free and prosperous New Year!
"I don't really believe in regrets."
--- Wayne Newton
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On a road in Augusta, Georgia:
"Soft shoulders, blind curves, steep grade, big trucks--- Good Luck!"
At a towing company:
"We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows"
In a loan company window:
"Now you can borrow enough money to get completely out of debt."
We need those funny signs you've seen in your travels, come on, we know they're out there.
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