Can Be A Good Thing
I am submitting my article a little later than
usual this month. I had to wait for the insurance claim to be
settled and for Dell to ship my new laptop computer. There was
no way I could have written this article on my old computer
after it was run over and mutilated by a 5,000lb SUV.
The exact circumstances of the accident aren't
important but suffice it to say, there was a great deal of extreme
stupidity involved in the mishap (all of it mine). It was a
very sad experience watching the poor little laptop twitching
in the road and taking its last charge from the rapidly depleting
energy source of the broken, twisted battery that powered this
once proud Inspiron 4000 during its short but glorious career.
I stood there wishing there was something I could do to save
it (but I had already done more than enough!). If only I had
treated it better. If only I had used it more gently. If only
I hadn't placed it in my driveway and backed over it!
My stupidity knows no boundaries. Of course
I have to draw from my own real life experiences to write these
articles and feeling stupid (and having done stupid things),
is the topic of this one. The computer mutilation is just one
in a lifetime of accidents, mistakes, mishaps and misjudgments
that have plagued and followed me. But if everything went smoothly
everyday how would we know our strength or resolve. If we were
never tested we would have no reason to read self-help books,
go to seminars, attend lectures, and look in the mirror daily
asking "how are you going to get out of this one"?
Everyday is another adventure (good or bad)!
This is the standard answer I have when asked how business is
or how am I doing. It is accurate, factual and the absolute
truth. I know I am going to be challenged and tested from the
minute I wake up in the morning to the minutes I lie tossing
in bed at night. I know I will make stupid comments and stupid
decisions. I know that I will be taken seriously while joking
and taken jokingly while being serious. I know I will be misquoted
and misunderstood while trying to be clever and witty. I will
neither make friends or influence people. But this is as a worse
case scenario. What can I accomplish on a really good day when
very little of my stupidity shows through? There is only one
way to know.
I have to try my best but be prepared for the
worst. I have to think positively but be prepared for negative
thoughts from others. I have to do two smart things for every
one stupid thing. Most importantly, I have to learn from mistakes
and from others more knowledgeable than me. I have to attend
meetings, go to seminars and look for ways to keep improving
myself and my business.
I always keep in mind that the definition of
a truly stupid person is someone that keeps making the same
mistakes but expects a different outcome each time.
Gary Wiesner is co-owner of Pro-Auto Recyclers, Williamstown,