Culture 17 August 2020
Why does it feel like this world has been overpowered and overwhelmed by a lot of negativity? You have wars, destruction, environmental degradation, greed, hate, and the list is endless
It's become impossible to watch the on-the-hour news without gasping at all the messed up events the world is facing today. Reasons? You might ask. It's simply because, despite all this negativity, you haven't taken that most important first step to making that small change in your life!
Now, not every change needs to be grand or eventful. All it takes is a mind that has what it takes to make minor adjustments. One thing to note is that the change that will make an impact on our beautiful planet will start with a resolute mind. Making a minor lifestyle change can make a tremendous difference in not only your life but also to those closest to you. If you are still hesitant to take that first step, read on to know why small changes can greatly impact the world.
The Butterfly Effect
There has been an existing notion - and presumably true - that the flapping of the butterfly's wings in Guam or somewhere in South Africa could cause a typhoon in Thailand. Well, whatever you believe, this is a metaphor implying that your personality, your humanity, the good or bad that you show others, and all the love you have to give, can have ripple effects and end up making the world a better place or hell on earth.
When you start your day, remember that there are those making huge strides to making our beautiful planet a habitable place. Jordyn de Boer and Tania Potts, environmentalists at https://www.trvst.world/, made great strides in turning waste plastic into reusable plastic bags by making use of simplistic thoughts and actualized them into actionable and sustainable efforts. Today, you have people living in cleaner environments because of the steps they took. Don't be left behind because it's your planet as well!
Do you know what Tegla Laroupe, Susan B. Anthony, and Mother Teresa have in common? They all played a part in promoting world peace. They can now only be read in books and magazines. But their efforts bore fruits in one way or the other.
It's now your time to make the difference by not being an activist, but to start right in your neighborhood in showing the kids the importance of peace, young boys and girls the importance of cooperation, and the older generation, the importance of supporting the younger generation.
To achieve this, start by defending that socially different fellow in your neighborhood, stand up for that racially discriminated minority, and embrace that neighbor who always has different views from yours. Embrace those in your community by being indifferent while at the same time, having a resolute mind.
Planting a tree or stopping the traffic to save a lost duckling from becoming roadkill might seem insignificant. However, they are not. For the survival of your generation and the others to follow, such small efforts will need to be made.
Additionally, such small efforts should be part and parcel of you, and you should spread them far and beyond. If you want to start by saving the adorable Pandas, start by planting that bamboo, recycle any refuse from your home to save that lake, or recycle your trash to make our environment a cleaner one. Such changes will surely promote sustainability in the present and the future.
Changes will Happen Anyway
Regardless of the decisions you make, the natural order of things will remain. if they taught you right, change is inevitable! However, this doesn't mean you slack off and not play your part. Au contraire ami! The change should emanate from you and to make it work, spread it around. This means taking up your mantle and making those small changes that will impact the world.
The journey of a thousand miles is said to start with a single step. Equally, any big impact starts with a small change! When you want to build up to something great in your community, you don't start big, instead, you start by collecting trash in your neighborhood. Over time, the small changes will become a habit that will manifest and become ingrained into those you made an impact on. To end homelessness, you can start by helping the street children find fitting homes. In simpler terms, start with the small changes, build up momentum as you go, and eventually, your peers will join you and voila! You've made the world a better place.
They say that change is as good as a rest, even despite it being inevitable. To make a big impact in the world, you need to come out of your comfort zone to make those small changes. In the eventuality, that dream of a safer neighborhood will come true.
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"How did you ever get into a business like that?" people ask me. They're confounded to hear that my product is industrial baler wire—a very unfeminine pursuit, especially in 1975 when I founded my company in the midst of a machismo man's world. It's a long story, but I'll try to shorten it.
I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up—even if it involved a non-glamorous product. I'd been fired from my previous job working to become a ladies' clothing buyer and was told at my dismissal, "You just aren't management or corporate material." My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.
Over the years, I've learned quite a few tough lessons about how to successfully run a business. Below are five essential elements to keep in mind, as well as my story on how I learned them.
Find A Need And Fill It
I gradually became successful at selling various products, which unfortunately weren't profitable enough to get me off the ground, so I asked people what they needed that they couldn't seem to get. One man said, "Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can't get it." I saw happy dollar signs as he talked on and dedicated myself to figuring out the baler wire industry.
I'd never been interested to enter the "man's" world of business, but when I discovered a lucrative opportunity to become my own boss, I couldn't pass it up.
Now forty-five years later, I'm proud to be the founder of Vulcan Wire, Inc., an industrial baler wire company with $10 million of annual sales.
Have Working Capital And Credit
There were many pitfalls along the way to my eventual success. My daughters and I were subsisting from my unemployment checks, erratic alimony and child-support payments, and food stamps. I had no money stashed up to start up a business.
I paid for the first wire with a check for which I had no funds, an illegal act, but I thought it wouldn't matter as long as I made a deposit to cover the deficit before the bank received the check. My expectation was that I'd receive payment immediately upon delivery, for which I used a rented truck.
Little did I know that this Fortune 500 company's modus operandi was to pay all bills thirty or more days after receipts. My customer initially refused to pay on the spot. I told him I would consequently have to return the wire, so he reluctantly decided to call corporate headquarters for this unusual request.
My stomach was in knots the whole time he was gone, because he said it was iffy that corporate would come through. Fifty minutes later, however, he emerged with a check in hand, resentful of the time away from his busy schedule. Stressed, he told me to never again expect another C.O.D. and that any future sale must be on credit. Luckily, I made it to the bank with a few minutes to spare.
Know Your Product Thoroughly
I received a disheartening phone call shortly thereafter: my wire was breaking. This horrible news fueled the fire of my fears. Would I have to reimburse my customer? Would my vendor refuse to reimburse me?
My customer told me to come over and take samples of his good wire to see if I might duplicate it. I did that and educated myself on the necessary qualities.
My primary goal then was to find a career in which nobody had the power to fire me and that provided a comfortable living for my two little girls and myself.
Voila! I found another wire supplier that had the right specifications. By then, I was savvy enough to act as though they would naturally give me thirty-day terms. They did!
More good news: My customer merely threw away all the bad wire I'd sold him, and the new wire worked perfectly; he then gave me leads and a good endorsement. I rapidly gained more wire customers.
Anticipate The Dangers Of Exponential Growth
I had made a depressing discovery. My working capital was inadequate. After I purchased the wire, I had to wait ten to thirty days for a fabricator to get it reconfigured, which became a looming problem. It meant that to maintain a good credit standing, I had to pay for the wire ten to thirty days before my customers paid me.
I was successful on paper but was incredibly cash deprived. In other words, my exponentially growing business was about to implode due to too many sales. Eventually, my increasing sales grew at a slower rate, solving my cash flow problem.
Delegate From The Bottom Up
I learned how to delegate and eventually delegated myself out of the top jobs of CEO, President, CFO, and Vice President of Finance. Now, at seventy-eight years old, I've sold all but a third of Vulcan's stock and am semi-retired with my only job currently serving as Vice President of Stock and Consultant.
In the interim, I survived many obstacles and learned many other lessons, but hopefully these five will get you started and help prevent some of you from having the same struggles that I did. And in the end, I figured it all out, just like you will.