One of the rules of running an SBE goes like this: Any weakness in your company will rear its ugly head when you’re overextended in another area.
Ever since getting back from Vancouver we’ve been on fire. Sales leads are coming in from all over the world… three from Mexico… a major lead from Chile… another from Sweden… three from a California reseller… and several more from our existing Service Provider partners. Then, one of last year’s prospects specified myVRM as the sole-source vendor in an RFP that we needed to respond to.
In fact, there are just not enough hours in the day. And, it seems, I’m fighting to find the peace I lean on in stressful times. But, joyfully, I keep pressing on.
Last Tuesday (Feb 19), smack in the midst of this great sprint, I couldn’t reach our manager of pre-sales engineering to answer a technical question… no response to instant messages… nor to emails… no answer on his office phone… then no answer on his mobile. AWOL, I got the question answered and moved on.
The next morning Larry (CEO) told me he’d heard from the “AWOL” employee’s wife–there was a family emergency and he’d be out for +2 weeks!
Missing a key employee with no notice is real tough. We did what every SBE owner/operator would do, the only thing we could do: we filled the gap.
And so, we keep pressing on.
After all, this is what we do, right?
In spite of struggles and against all odds, we soldier on. Why? Because this is what it takes to run an SBE. We fill gaps in resources, stretch a dollar into $2 or $3, and continually push our vision forward. I’ve been at it long enough to learn to embrace “the journey” because it is the fun part of what we do…
And at the end of the day, crazy as it seems, I’m enjoying myself! Why? Because the strategy I laid out with Larry last summer is bearing real fruit and guess what? It’s harvest time at myVRM and we’re having a blast!
How do you handle your struggles? Drop me a line and let me know…
There’s never a dull moment on the road to SBE success… and you don’t want to travel alone!
Dan Gallo, I am… an SBE LIFER, are you?