Recently I spent seven days in the Sunshine State. And just as its nickname would imply I expected sunny skies and warm weather. What did we get? We had one day that reached the 70’s and was mostly sunny, but the rest of the time was rainy, windy, or just plain cold. In fact, it rained for two solid days after we arrived. The temperatures averaged in the mid 50’s and reached the low 40’s. It’s safe to say that even for a Colorado boy, it wasn’t overly warm. It was comfortable after coming from temperatures in the teens and twenties, but I mostly wore pants and a hooded sweatshirt.
What if that had been my only experience visiting Florida? If people asked me how it was down there, I would say that it was rainy, cloudy, windy, cold, and occasionally warm. And for that short seven day period I would have been right. But most people know that isn’t entirely the whole picture. There are 358 other days to compare with those seven I spent there. Ironically, the day after we left the temperatures hit the mid 70’s and by the end of the week it was back in the 80’s.
Sadly, this manner of evaluating life’s experiences is often used. I’ve come across many young people that don’t play sports because they had a verbally abusive coach. I’ve met people that do not wish to get married because their parents divorced. I’ve met men and women that do not trust their bosses because of poor experiences with former bosses. There are those people who will not darken the door of a church because of a negative experience with a pastor or congregation in their past. Some people won’t drive certain vehicles because of owning one that performed poorly. The list goes on.
Yet, just because a person experiences one bad church, does that make all churches bad? Just because someone’s parents divorced and they have witnessed “bad” marriages, does that mean they all are bad. If somone owned a Ford that broke down repeatedly, does that mean all of them do (some may argue this one)? If the soccer coach of your youth was verbally abusive, angry, and made for a terrible sporting experience, does that mean all coaches and sports are the same? I think people would emphatically say no.
How about home-based businesses? If you have been involved with one, does that make you an expert on all of them? Maybe you’ve even been “taken to the cleaners” in one, but does that experience equate to them all being scams? I’ve been involved personally with three different businesses and looked at three others. And guess what? Although they had similiarities, they were all different. They had different compensation plans, products, approaches to building their teams, cultures, and techniques. Yet, people will use the same mental process as above to determine whether or not they will take some time and look at these types of business opportunities.
Is a Honda and a Ferrari the same? Is a Mazda pick-up the same as a Dodge 3500? Of course we would answer no. They may all have four wheels, windshields, steering wheels, etc, but they are different. Have you ever taken a vehicle for a test-drive to get an idea of whether or not you wanted to purchase it? Why not take that same approach to business opportunities that come your way?
If you have someone contact you about a possible business opportunity, do not simply cast it away as “one of those things.” Do your due diligence. Check it out. You just might be surprised with what you find. I know my life will never be the same because of the LIFE opportunity, and very sunny skies and warm weather await me.