“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948)
I know I have said it before, but as I look back I realize:
I was a short and scrawny kid.
I started wrestling in the 4th grade to learn to defend myself against bullies. After about a year of wrestling, my coach pulled my father aside and told him that I really needed to work on my upper body strength. He suggested my father buy a climbing rope and have me climb it as often as I could. The goal was to get me to where I could climb the rope and then lower myself back down using only my arms.
My wise father could not find a ready-made rope – so he made one by tightly twisting smaller rope strands together. He hung the 10 foot rope in a tree and told me that if I was to get better in my wrestling, I should learn to climb the rope as my coach had suggested.
I remember getting to the point where I could climb up and down several times in a row with only my arms. It wasn’t until recently that my father related the following to me:
“I would get calls from your mom a couple of times a week,” my father told me. “She would be almost in tears saying ‘He’s at it again!'”
The way he tells it, learning to climb the rope was such a struggle for me at first that it worried my mother.
As my father told me the story I came to realize something about myself. I hate to quit. At times I have been absolutely destroyed because I refused to admit that I was beat.
Sometimes, I am not sure if it’s strength, stubbornness, determination or just stupidity.
In your business – what is your strength? Besides expertise, knowledge, or resources. What inner strength do you have to keep plugging along?
For your business to survive, you have to find it.
Build to Sell!
Dan Martin with Seattle Score will lead a discussion on how to build your business with the intention of selling it for a profit.
Dan co-founded a book publishing business with his wife, Nancy, in 1976. He boot-strapped the small start-up out of his garage and grew the company to $10 million in annual sales before selling the company to his employees in 2007. He remains a member of the Board of Directors and now volunteers for Seattle SCORE.
Panera Bread will provide Coffee and Bagels for the Event.