I recently saw this picture and it sums up how I have been feeling about the way business is going - fingers crossed we will make it to success.
I know business is hard and everyone has struggles. I really enjoyed watching the CNN series “High Profits.” I don’t smoke dope but liked seeing all the continuous set backs and frustrations they ran into with establishing their business. They persevered.
Just today I was helping the gym I go to move to its new location - which will be in the same building I’ll be moving. The move was supposed to happen a couple of weeks ago but the fire sprinkler system of the new building was not ready. This resulted in no certificate of occupancy.
During the move today, the rental truck broke down. I know there is a probability that the truck could break but the truck that is being paid for is supposed to work. That was something that wasn’t supposed to happen but it did and it was something else the owner of the business had to consume time fixing. Nothing is easy.
I spent about 15 years on active duty in the Army. Nothing was easy. There were parts that were fun. I made some great friends and met some great people. But getting work done was never easy. Staffing a packet through the Geographic Combatant Commander to an Undersecretary of Defense for approval is not a fun process.
I always found the majority of people who said the Army was fun were the same people who were manipulating the system and not producing. I have met some of the most over paid people in the world through the military. You would be amazed at how many have made careers out of talking about sports or misquoting regulations in order to do nothing. Actually getting something done through the bureaucratic machine requires a lot of hard work.
The first week of April I submitted my packet to the health department. I have never done this before. Obviously I made mistakes. About a week later the health inspector contacts me to notify of my mistakes. The following day, I update the packet and return with some questions of my own. Another week passes before the health inspector contacts me again. I immediately respond with some additional questions. Maybe next week he’ll respond? I don’t understand this week long lag in response. I feel like I’m back in the Army trying to work through the bureaucratic machine. Fortunately, unfortunately I’m not looking to open next week.
It looks like next week I will have the engineer drawings to submit to the building department. I will be able to start finding bids for the buildout. I understand that now is prime building season. The building department is probably working through a backlog. Contractors’s schedules are filling up. I have concerns over when I’ll be able to start build out and how long build out will take. I’m curious to see what frustrations will arise during build out. Will I have delays with the property owner installing the grease trap? Will I have problems getting equipment? Will passing building department and health department be easy? I think the only certainty with projects are they will be overtime and over budget - but they get done.
I have really big goals for the business. Understanding probability, I see making an IPO or getting bought out as being somewhere less than one in a million. I see folding being a one in two chance. I see muddling along being a seven out of eight. I’m curious to see what happens but whatever happens I do know it is going to be a lot of grinding through lots of frustrations. Nothing is easy. Hard work is the price to pay to see where the journey goes. Fingers crossed, the journey ends in success.