"I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth."
--- 1 Corinthians 3:6
Winter has caused many of us to make plans for re-landscaping in the spring time. The brown-gray, deadness of it all beckons one to dream of plush green shrubs, rolling carpet-like healthy lawns, and bright flowery annuals.
Our plants may currently be in a dormant state, but the weather should not keep us that way. Our growth as business leaders should be more important than reaching our goals. The goals are fine and they keep us on course, but they should ultimately provide fuel for growing.
"A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. For every friend whom he loses for truth, he gains a better."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is in our growth where we feel the sting, but also where we reap the reward. Growing pains are common in every living creature. Maturity is a process that is uncomfortable at times, but produces the very best of what and who we are.
Staying true to our values and sticking to our integrity regardless of the consequences is the ultimate growth spurt. We cannot develop a business without the pains of growth. Hiring new employees, buying new equipment, opening new territories --- all growth with a price.
"Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there."
--- Judith Viorst
You may have heard them. They are the naysayers. They're the ones who when you are really growing, want to ask you why you are striving. They want to know why you are going out of your comfort zone in order to grow. They give you negative advice and whisper in your ear that you are not going to succeed.
Jealousy or whatever other reason causes them to try to bring you down and stunt your growth. Flee from them! Stick with your true friends that encourage you and that you can encourage. Join up with the "growers" of your industry and don't look back.
"Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form."
--- André Maurois
Some growth, like age, just happens without any effort from you. Ignore the age limits and keep driving. Your age is just numbers and you have no limitations. I know a 67 year old who has a goal to bench press 400lbs by this summer. He is pressing 350lbs now. He thinks he is 20. He dances, laughs, and works like a 20 year old. But, he is growing!
"What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth"
--- Mark Twain
Growing is never easy. It requires a spirit of adventure and a mind that is willing to change. The reason many of us remain stagnant is that we fear going outside of our boxes. In every book about building a successful business and in every biography of successful business leaders, there is the underlying theme of risk taking.
Growth requires taking risks. Smart, calculated risks, yes, but adventurous risk taking. Take a few moments this month to review your business landscape. Are you willing to plow up the dead stuff to make room for growth? Weed out old habits and begin anew with a growth plan for you personally and for your business.
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Digital Signage and Brand-building
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Digital Signage is not just a new “better than static signage” display capability that exploits the inherent economies and flexibility of “digital”, but is a dramatic shift in the business communications that underpins retailing.
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"During vacation of owner, a competent hair stylist will be here."
At a bookstore
"Rare, out-of-print, and nonexistent books."
On a window of a New Hampshire burger restaurant:
"Yes, we are open. Sorry for the inconvenience."
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