Don’t Let Your Ego Be the Enemy
By Thad Whittenburg
It’s funny because I was planning on writing a blog titled this and when I was looking for a new audiobook to listen to, I ran across one with the same name. (of course, I had to buy it and learn more)
The idea came to me when I was talking with a dealer about their business and he told me “I am tired of learning from the school of hard knocks and want to accelerate my learning curve” Wow! It’s so nice to talk with some Kitchen and Bath dealers that will step outside to get help and admit they don’t have all the answers. I know I certainly don’t have them all which is why I continue to look outside to try and learn from others.
Who could possibly have all the answers? Business keeps changing and those changes are happening at a faster pace. So why don’t people reach out for help more often? One theory is that ego gets in the way. It’s unfortunate but sometimes owners who have had some success feel like they can just figure it out themselves and don’t need guidance from someone else. I believe the ego is probably one of the main reasons that businesses don’t grow or fail.
People need to be students now more than ever. Whether it comes in the form of books, articles, peers, your team or consulting. I have several clients that I work with and they are some of the smartest people I know. Not because they have all the answers, but that they realize they don’t and it’s okay to admit that and seek outside help.
The K & B Industry is not exactly cutting edge when it comes to change, or progress and I think the biggest reason is that companies believe that what made them successful yesterday will do the same for them tomorrow. It doesn’t work that way anymore. Everybody needs to be improving their business each and every day. Otherwise you will fall behind faster than you think.
So, throw your ego out the window and start looking for new things and people that can help teach you. Learning and applying is how you produce change and get better. Look to your team or outside and you might be surprised at what you don’t know. Your business will only improve once you give yourself permission to be a student again!
As always, I would love to hear from you. Take care, Thad firstname.lastname@example.org
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