If You Don't Like Crab Apples, Don't Plant Crab Trees

That’s wisdom. So simple yet powerful.

Sometimes we overlook the simple, yet hard, truths. This truth has many implications for business owners. Just think: what are you currently doing that you shouldn’t be doing or what are you doing that you want to change?

For example, if you want maximum value in a sale, it’s likely that you need a solid management team. If you don’t like your company being dependent on you—don’t plant the ‘you’ tree.

If you don’t like low-performing employees—don’t hire them.

If you don’t like being dependent on one big customer—don’t rest until you grow and diversify.  

If you don’t like your competition—be so good they don’t matter.

If you don’t have something you’re really good at—stop focusing on many things. Focus on ONE thing.

If you don’t have top-producing salespeople—don’t settle for status quo. Train or hire the right people.

If you don’t know what to do—walk out your door, talk to people, set up meetings, and get an outside perspective.

If you don’t like complaining employees—don’t lead the way by complaining about company challenges.

I know. I know. These “changes” aren’t easy; they often take years. But just think: how long will these changes take if you don’t do anything for the next 1,2, or 3 years.

The moral of the story? If you don’t like something and you can change it, change it. Life is too short to be passive.