Even If It Ain’t Broke, Be Prepared to Fix It

There’s an old saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” with which I have total agreement. However, a better saying might be “even if it ain’t broke yet, be prepared to fix it”. The fact is that change happens. And the better prepared we are for it, the easier it will be for us to adapt. Some people like to be prepared for every possible eventuality – we call those people project managers. I’m not asking all of you to become project managers; I am suggesting that you adapt your mindset to incorporate change as an ongoing – even welcomed – part of owning and running a business.

When it comes to discussing change, the word technology seems to be the most prevalent arena in which people notice change. Who doesn’t NEED an iPhone 5?! I know my kids do! But is it critical to keep up the competitive Joneses if they are rushing to use Twitter and Facebook and I’m just not seeing the ROI of it? Do I have to do it just because “everyone else is doing it?” The answer is NO – you don’t have to do it…but you should be ready and willing to do it IF it makes sense. Yes, it’s a pain. Yes, it seems complicated. Yes, you’d have to learn how to upload photos and videos from your 10 year-old nephew. Notice I said be ready to change. The trick is in your willingness. When you’re ready for change, when you’re willing to change, you can pivot if you believe there’s additional ROI to do so. If it’s just a fad, that’s OK too. Your readiness is what will enable you to jump when the time comes for you and your business.

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