Whether it's a saying from a grandmother, a quote from someone famous, or just a "rule of thumb", words resonate with us and have a big impact on the way we live and work. The following are quotes for life and business that have inspired and stuck with the Logical Engine team.
"The only things that are scarce . . . are the things that are difficult, and the only things that are valuable are the things that are scarce. When we intentionally seek out the difficult tasks, we're much more likely to actually create value."
– Seth Godin
Many people choose the easy path by doing the same thing as everyone else. They offer the same products and services, use the same methods, and fix the same problems. It's possible to make a living this way, but you can make a bigger difference by choosing to solve the problems that few others are solving. You have the potential to learn more and create more value if you choose to do the things that others avoid.
"When a problem arises, take ownership of it, no matter what is is. Only once a solution is found, is it time to discuss whose fault it was and how that will be resolved."
Having the strength to not play the ‘blame game' is important in life and business. It doesn't matter if it was an employee or a customer that made the mistake. Handling the situation at hand first shows that you're willing to take responsibility and find a solution even if it's not your fault. ‘Throwing someone under the bus' will just cause frustration and may even lose you customers, employees, or friends.
"You can't do today's job with yesterday's methods and be in business tomorrow."
– Author Unknown
It's important to stay current and be aware of things changing around you. New information and technology is constantly becoming available. Embracing new ways of doing things helps peoples evolve and adapt to the world around them, and the same is true for businesses. Connecting with people through email and social media makes it easier for you to reach out to customers. Scheduling and accounting software make it easier to handle your time and money. Make sure you do your research, though. "New" doesn't necessarily mean "The best thing for you".
"The golden rule for every businessman is this: Put yourself in your customer's place."
– Orison Swett Marden
Good customer service is hard to come by, but a small change in the way you think of your customers can make a big difference. By imagining that you're in their situation, you can provide a better experience. We've all heard stories about uncaring customer service reps who just want to get you off of the phone. Show your customers that you care about them and what they have to say. They'll be thrilled!
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."
– Albert Einstein
Everyone is good at something, but nobody is good at everything. It may be tempting to try to do everything yourself, and sometimes it may actually be necessary. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is essential, and delegating tasks to people who may be more skilled in a certain area will save you time, money, and stress.
This is just the beginning! We're always finding new words that inspire us. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated and hear more words of wisdom from the Logical Engine team.
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