Think Like a Dog About the New Year

At a dinner that I attended recently, the keynote speaker asked this question of the audience: “How many of you own a dog?”

A number of hands went up, and the speaker proceeded to announce: “Your dog probably has the most optimistic outlook in your household.”

Acknowledging a roomful of puzzled looks, he continued, “Think about it. Every time the doorbell rings, what does the dog do? The dog races madly to the door, barking loudly, tail wagging. Has the door ever been for the dog? No. But the next time the doorbell rings, the dog will once again race wildly to the door eagerly anticipating your next visitor. Now if that’s not optimism, I don’t know what is.”

Actually, I think entrepreneurs must be the most optimistic people of all. We see opportunity when others think we’re barking up the wrong tree. We don’t see doors as obstacles but as something to open. We hear the “doorbell” of an idea, and our entrepreneurial curiosity leads to go investigate what’s there.

As we begin a not just a new decade, not just a new century, but a new millennium, resolve not only to take advantage of the opportunities that come your way but also to create your own opportunities by opening doors that you might not necessarily think are “for you.” Many times our best opportunities come when we’re not expecting them.

Our wish for you at Small Business Monthly is that the doorbell of opportunity rings often in 2000—and that you open the door wide enough to usher it in.

Have a prosperous New Year!



About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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