I have a confession…
I am a Daddy’s girl.
Ava has me wrapped around her finger. I am not a pushover (at times, I can be) and feel I am fair with her.
We have so much fun together whether it be playing on the living room floor, at the park in our neighborhood, our grocery store trips every week at Walmart, taking baths together, jumping on the bed, etc.
So on Monday, I was putting Ashton in the car. It was time to take them to the daycare. I put him in, and then went to grab Ava.
And I see this…
Ava wanted to take a walk, not go to daycare.
I grabbed Ashton out of the car, and caught up to Ava.
I took them for a quick walk around the block.
It was Monday, and I always have a lot to do on Mondays. The kids stay home with me on Fridays, and I do very little work on weekend. I looked at her pulling the wagon, and didn’t think twice about grabbing Ashton and catching up with her.
It took all of 20 minutes or so, but was well worth it. We have not taken a walk 4 days in a row, even in this Vegas summer heat.
I had to make a quick adjustment, I had to be nimble.
If you’re a parent, you know this happens all the time. It;s just part of life.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you should know this, too.
You need to adjust with the times, especially with all the technology these days. I have started quite a few businesses over the years, and failed quite a bit. It was not easy, but know I needed to be nimble. I needed to make adjustments. I learned from a lot of the mistakes, and was able to apply the knowledge from these mistakes in future businesses, so maybe they weren’t mistakes?
Maybe they were….lessons?
I was chatting with a lady Monday afternoon. I had told her this story, about taking the kids for a walk.
She said something along the lines of — You are lucky to be able to do that, as you weren’t late for work. You didn’t have a boss to report to.
She was absolutely right.
I wasn’t going to be late to a job I hate.
Or piss off a boss I cannot stand.
Now, I am pretty fortunate to not work on Fridays, so I can hang out with the kids. Also, very fortunate to take most of the weekends off to hang out as a family. Admittedly, I can take this stuff for granted.
Thanks Dianna for pointing that out to me!
These Companies Were Not Nimble and Are Now…
Remember Borders Books?
They weren’t nimble, they didn’t adjust with the times. They probably thought Amazon was a ‘fad’. They filed for bankruptcy in 2011.
Remember Blockbuster Video?
I used to rent a video (tape) from them once a week in the late 90s. I should have paid them rent for the time I spent in there. Although, I think I paid enough in late fees and the fees for not rewinding the tapes?
We actually had to REWIND the tape yourself before returning the movie, of we’d pay a fine (I believe).
WE HAD TO REWIND A TAPE.
I still cannot believe this. This seems like a lifetime ago.
Anywho, Blockbuster laughed off Netflix when the online video giant was launched.
Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Instagram, Snapchat and/or Vine might seem laughable to you, the 54-year old attorney.
These very sites might be EXACTLY where your target market hangs out.
Be nimble, adjust with the times or face the consequences.
And when your kids want to take a walk, take them for a walk.
Even if that means being late to a job you probably don’t like anyways.
Impact over Income