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My Small Business: Spud Wood Works #4: Slow and steady wins the race... If you can stand it.

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Blog entry by Ethan Harris posted 514 days ago 1270 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Readers!

Ever heard the saying “Slow and steady wins the race”? Or “The early bird gets the worm”? Or even “Use your head for more than a hat rack”?

I’ve heard these plenty of times from my mother when I needed to pace myself, or from my father responding to something dumb I had done. But these never really made more sense than now… Owning a business will give you a new perspective I suppose.

Starting out now over the past 3 months (December – February), it has been a slow pace, I can see the value of my business and the work that goes into it first hand, but still I wonder at times if I am really getting anywhere. Well I have come to the conclusion that this slow start-up pace is exactly what I need to succeed. Having this pace will allow me to get better and LEARN how to do what I do more efficiently. That should be my slogan “Get Better and LEARN”. The knowledge I gain from this experience will make me better and more prepared for the busier days and months and years to come.

Maybe now I should make a hat rack…

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks



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John

21 posts in 530 days


#1 posted 514 days ago

Got a new slogan for you that should be your new mantra when starting a business: “Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise”.

Best of luck,
Jake

And here’s another one for you: ONE DAY AT A TIME

-- Jake from "AMERICA'S HOME TOWN" Plymouth, Massachusetts

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Monte Pittman

13386 posts in 943 days


#2 posted 513 days ago

Personal business is definitely a marathon and not a sprint. Very easy to get burned out and discouraged early. You need to plan it out. Understand that you don’t win every day. Gains may be measured in months not days. Failure is easy, success takes effort. Some days are fun, some days are not so much. Keep your vision and never assume anything will be handed to you.

Keep it up sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Loren

7284 posts in 2253 days


#3 posted 513 days ago

Look into (and think about) how you can develop
capacities and specialties that will make you a
“go to” provider in your market.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Ethan Harris

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#4 posted 513 days ago

Thank you all for your comments!

John: Awesome Slogan, I might use that!

Monte: Definite words of wisdom!

-- Ethan, CT: Check out my Small Business at http://www.spudwoodworks.com & also follow me on twitter https://twitter.com/Ethan_Woodworks

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