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Business Building Lesson – A Tale of Two Penguins

I took the boys ice skating this week and as someone who grew up skating, let me tell you, it’s not like riding a bike. I can still skate but nowhere near as good as I used to growing up in Canada!

The best part though was seeing the incredible learning curve of the kids. Within a couple of hours they went from barely standing to skating with confidence. They still kind of looked like penguins but they loved it!

The first hour was a little shaky though and my 8 year old son was getting frustrated. He expected to just take off even though he’s only skated a few times in his life. He’s a naturally gifted athlete so I can understand why he thought he would excel even though he was in a completely different setting. Ice isn’t exactly a baseball field.

Why am I telling you this? Because as entrepreneurs we tend to do the same thing.

You might be an extremely successful person in the offline world, but now building your business online, you’ve shifted from the ground to the ice. It’s a whole new setting and you have to learn how to navigate your way through it.

You’ll still use some of the same skills and techniques that you did offline. The same principles definitely apply, but there are new things to learn and new ways of doing things. You can’t expect to just take off immediately (or going back to the skating analogy, without falling on your butt a few times).

So I’ll tell you the same thing I told my boys. Don’t give up. You’ll get the hang of it and you’ll be gliding along before you know it. Don’t be afraid to hold someone’s hand who has more experience than you. They’ll help guide you.

And above all, have fun!

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Mike Gardner

In the online world, I feel as though, I’m still putting my skates on
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Cindy

Thanks for sharing that Mike. Good for you for connecting with others who can help you get up to speed even faster!

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Cathy Sykora

Good analogy! Definitely true…I am at the stage where I have a little nice form…get comfy…lol…then I fall. It is definitely a different ice rink! ~Cathy
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Cindy

LOL – good for you Cathy for getting back up again:)

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Cassie Clouser

Aw! I love this story! We need to hear this message every day.

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Cindy

Thanks Cassie – Our children are such a great inspiration and reminder of the most important lessons

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Carolyn Wilman

great advice in a very simple straight forward manner

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Cindy

Thank you Carolyn – I definitely like to keep things simple! That was my theme for 2012 in fact:) This year, I’m keeping up with simplify and adding the theme of strength!

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Peter Mead

Hey great story. Yeah, gotta remember to never give up huh?
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Cindy

Absolutely Peter – there is always so much to learn and we all bring our own strengths and expertise to the table. Thanks for sharing!

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Dave Kwiecinski

Excellent analogy, Cindy. Thanks!

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CindyHaileyLippman

Thank you Dave! It was great to chat with you via email :)
warm wishes,
Cindy

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