The little details

In business, life, friendship and finances, it is the little things that really make the difference. This is something I have had to work through my whole life. I love the idea phase but it is the details that bog me down. Case in point, I have not balanced my personal checkbook in over 20 years. Ha. I would not recommend this to anyone but I basically go on-line and keep up with the checks that clear and the current balance, but as far as balancing it, it doesn’t happen.

At work, our staff will tell you that I am the worst writer in the company. They will also probably tell you I am ugly too. Ha. If I didn’t have someone to write the books on the properties we sell, I probably would be out of business. The funny thing is that I know what the finished product should look like but I just don’t know how to get it there. I fully understand imaging and what the market needs to see but it is the details where I need the help.

Why am I telling you this? It is about understanding and accepting what you are good at and seeking help in the areas where you are lacking. In my line of work, I hear sellers say from time to time that they will just sell their hotel on their own. My usual response to them is, “even if you don’t hire us, hire someone to represent you. The worst thing you can do to the value of your hotel is handle the marketing yourself.” There are just some things you need to hire an outside party to do. It is like being your own lawyer at a trial. Dumb idea.

It is also appreciating the people that help you get to where you need to go. Behind every successful company is a group of detailed oriented people whose sole focus is on the little things. It is often said of Army Generals that when they receive orders for battle, the first thing they think about is logistics. See, there would never be a battle if you can’t get the troops in place. Henry Ford once walked into his engine team and told them he wanted them to design a V8 engine. After the team told him why the idea was impossible, he paused a minute and said, ok I will just fire all of you and hire me someone who can design a V8 engine. Several months later the same team designed a V8 engine.

So, in summary, very few people have the ideas and the detailed oriented talent to pull it off. Most often, people have one or the other. Understand which one you are and embrace it and surround yourself with people that can help you. This applies to business, finances, life and event yard work. KT

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