Let me start with a story.
It was raining pretty heavily as I slowed “Charlie” my 1972 BMW Airhead to a stop behind some heavy traffic. I had a billion things on my mind. A mental check list if you will, starting wi– out of the blue my horn just started going crazy. Erratic honking mind you, while stuck behind a line of stopped cars. Immediately embarrassed, I shut Charlie off to make the noise stop. After giving him a few seconds to settle, I gave the key a twist. More noise. I was completely thrown off. Distracted. What the hell could be going wrong? In an instant, my to-do list, my day of focused productivity, all out the window. The only thing I could think about was my motorcycle horn, and how annoyed the drivers around me must have been.
The horn issues persisted for a day or two before things returned to normal. Charlie was relegated to the garage while I let him, and my confidence in his electrical system cool down.
Fast forward to last week. It was pouring down rain. I was nearly home when the familiar high pitched horn kicked in to gear without permission. Only this time, my reaction was different. In a split second I acknowledged the fact that the horn was not going to stop by way of killing the engine, swearing, or tinkering with the wiring harness. Nope, Charlie was wet, and as such the horn would not stop shorting until the wiring had a chance to dry. I accepted the situation for what it was, and continued on with my day.
A silly story, yes. A poignant analogy, I hope so.
An entrepreneurs, success is underpinned by his or her ability to remain focused when shit hits the fan. One of the most surefire ways to ensure you’ll do this is to learn from these road bumps, so the next time they crop up– everything is that much easier. And they will crop up. If you don’t know what I mean, you’re either lying to yourself, or not pushing hard enough. So pay attention to your mistakes, do post-mortems with your team when the hard lessons crop up, and be that much more prepared the next time shit hits the fan.