The Way Back . . .

I’m about as directionally challenged as you can get—so much so that if the pink Pepto Palace at the end of my street ever changes color, I probably won’t be able to find my way home. You don’t have to spin me around to disorient me. Generally, turning the key in the ignition and placing my foot on the accelerator guarantee that I’ll be traveling in the wrong direction within a matter of minutes. 

Getting lost used to make me nervous, and sometimes even afraid. But after years of winding through neighborhoods with endless loop de loops of cul de sacs lined with houses that all look alike, searching desperately for the way back to a main road, I finally realized something that calmed me: Somehow I got here. A street, a highway, an entrance of some sort allowed me in. Unless I’m in some kind of a warp field that swallowed up the road behind me as I drove, I can get back out. 

So it is with our businesses. There are times as entrepreneurs when we plain and simply lose our direction. We take wrong turns. We drive in circles. We feel lost. But somehow we got where we are, and we can get back out and headed in the right direction again. Sometimes finding the right path takes as much winding and maneuvering as it took to get lost in the first place. Sometimes we are shrewd enough to discover a shortcut. Just remember, dead ends usually have warning signs – if we’re alert and spot them, we can back up or turn around. Sometimes, though, we give up when the way out is just around the corner.

Importantly, we can’t forget that we’re the driver and making the decisions—a GPS is about as good as spellcheck; it can give us guidance but it doesn’t fix everything.

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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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