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Happy Birthday Week, Dr. Seuss!

March 12, 2019

 

If I were to pick a plan, I’d start it with you

 

If I were to pick a time, it would be 12noon

 

If I were to pick a place, the zoo of course it would be

 

If I were to build my business, the foundation would be integrity

 

If Dr. Seuss were an entrepreneur today, I think he’d have plenty of material to write about.  Business owners that desire to help others, those that lack integrity, business owners that fight for what’s right and those that act temperamentally.  The community known as small business ownership is as diverse as the businesses we run.  How we interact with others, whether clients, partners, vendors or employees says a lot about where we are emotionally in our business today.

 

Do you treat others with respect?  Do you buy and sell things, do you pay your debts?  I think he’d have a field day!  In fact, many of the existing Dr. Seuss stories can easily be talking about business ownership. 

 

Think about it:

Green Eggs and Ham:  New things may seem odd and while at first we may turn our nose up at them, if we just get past “what we know today” and give something new a chance, the possibilities are endless.

 

The Cat in the Hat:  When you’re in business chaos often runs rampant.  You have so many things you’re responsible for, so many hats you have to wear and so many hours that you have to put in to grow.  Sometimes you have to stop, get out of your own head and allow new opportunities to help you see things differently.  Different perspectives are hard to come by, if a crazy cat shows up and has an even nuttier idea – take a chance, from time to time.  The experience might just surprise you!

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish:  Our employees, customers, business partners and vendors are all different.  As business owners it is necessary for us to identify those that share our core beliefs, vision and mission to build our own successes.  It is equally important to realize there may be some people we deal with that are not of the same ilk and will try to bring us down; sort through the fish and focus on those that challenge you to grow, will participate in your success and will stand beside you when you fail.

 

So, when you need some inspiration as a business owner, or feel that you’re doing this all alone, reach for an old favorite and spend some time with Dr. Seuss!  There’s still a lot we can learn from this famed children’s author, even as adults.

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