Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade
August 29, 2017 Gary Shotton

When you have been handed a lemon, you must learn how make lemonade. By Gary Shotton #000154

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Making Lemonade

By Gary Shotton

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hello I’m Gary Shotton and we’re here with this Global Initiative an effort to Inspire Better Business you can find us at Ivy detox calm or WW inspiring better business calm same website and I’m Gary shot and like I said and we’re gonna talk today about making lemonade Wow am i creating a new business with lemonade I thought little girls and little kids did that on the corner of the street as a first business enterprise yeah that’s probably do true but we’re gonna talk about some of those uncomfortable situations that I’ve faced and you’re gonna face and your attitude towards when this happens are you the kind of person that’s just gonna get all bent out of shape some people just throw a fit start cussing and swearing and attacking people because something didn’t go right well that’s a poor attitude in my opinion I’m telling you if you’re in business very long long at all you’re gonna have things that didn’t work out like you wanted them to work out not while the way you expected them to work out and the way you react to that the way you handle that it’s gonna make a big difference a big difference on your future a big difference on the people that are working with you might make a big difference with your spouse might be a big difference for your entire future if you can’t learn how to handle bad situations now I don’t know I guess the reason we called it lemons you were handed a lemon because it’s sour it’s normally not something you just bite into a lemon because it’s really really tough just to eat myself I drink iced tea and I put lemon in that but other than that it’s just normally a fruit that’s not going to be something that’s sweet and so when you’re handed something that’s that bitter and sour can you right away instantly without even missing a beat think about how can you turn this didn’t to something good or how can you see the good inside of this you see I was all planned to come move from my state of Wyoming 1,200 miles to the state of Oklahoma and I have a family of five and this is back in the early 80s actually 1982 I called ahead planned ahead plan to have a good job because I left I’ve been 10 years with my big oil company I had a good job benefits of company vehicle I was just hanging I was doing real well but I found and realized them such I’m for a change in my life and I called ahead I was actually moving here to go to Bible School and I’m gonna work part-time though because I don’t have unlimited funds and I think I did the right things I have been called and lined out several job interviews I I was planning on and what I didn’t know was the economy took a dive from when I committed to come made all my plans within a month or two everything the world wide in 1982 was bad and I got here and I was handed a lemon no job no possible hopes of a job in my field of training and expertise and what am I gonna do am I gonna cry to my wife am I gonna I’m grown now I’m away from home I have a family of five three small children am I gonna call my dad and cry to him and and and tell him how bad it is and could he help me or am I gonna make lemonade out of this situation that’s what I had to do and I helped me learn how again to turn a bad situation into something’s better well in my case I happen to you move you move here using my family car big old gas guzzling Pontiac with a hitch on the back end and a horse trader something suitable for hauling for horses and this is big enough to put quite a few of our things our washer machine and our dryer and I don’t know if we put a refrigerator I don’t think so cuz we didn’t think we needed that here we would get something here but our beds and all our clothes and I was a pretty good-sized trailer five feet by 16 feet and what am I gonna do no job I couldn’t get a job I started advertising in the paper let me help you move that was a temporary fit for my real situation of funds but I turned that into a business we made lemonade in the process of in that moving business I learned a lot of things that was such a blessing to me because it’s through that moving business that I learned a lot about my accounting a lot about moving and dealing with people the customer in because I was very close to people because when you go into their homes and pick up all their furniture and empty out all their closets and put them in boxes I mean you really get to know these people I learned a lot about my employees and how to manage employees and and how to pay employees when it was hard and how to and this is not that the upper crust of high education these are people they’re great people don’t get me wrong I have a great love and respect for them but they didn’t go to college typically they’re not they’re not high high high graduates in their high school many people didn’t graduate from high school so I’m dealing with people that never had a job before and so it was hard extremely hard but extremely rewarding I was learning to make lemonade in the process we in particular as example I had a piano we had moved this piano and we put it up on this higher level and in the process of it rolling down this three or four feet it got away from the workers and it banged the end to the side of the wall or in this case the side of the truck and it puts some scratches and dents on it I mean it tore into the wood the piano is okay but there’s some there’s some bad marks on it and I oh my goodness lemon lemon lemon how can I make lemonade so I immediately got on I found a way to buy a repair kit got online and figured out how to study or read about it I don’t know if a book came with it or not and figured out how to furnish fix furniture wood furniture I still have that kid and I was able to fix that repair that I believe I told the people about it showed them to him but they were happy with it we did we didn’t look ugly I made lemonade from all the rest of my moving business career I was still the main guy able to fix damaged furniture to most cases not all and able to make a happy customer even if I they didn’t even deserve that like they didn’t pay extra insurance and we would go ahead and fix it for them because we felt like we had done that and and we would we would go the extra mile so how do you make lemonade I I’ve seen it I travel quite a bit so boy every once in a while there’ll be somebody travelling and the flight something happened and the flight was delayed and they’re gonna miss their flight Oh some people come unglued rantin and Ravin makes sure everybody sees them how mad they are oh my goodness I’ve had that happen why would I do that I’m gonna look for lemonade I’m gonna look for somebody maybe God has me to connect with somebody maybe I’m gonna set by somebody maybe I shouldn’t been on that plane anyway maybe I it is it’s better to not fight it so let’s look to make lemonade I’m gonna give just a little marriage counseling before you young guys that aren’t married you ought to see that future spouse and this could go either way husband or wife you ought to see them a little bit in the mud see what they’re gonna really be like when things are not going so well well an airplane pilot that’s flying and and they’ve got a they’ve got to make some instant reactions aluminous ha is handed to them with an engine goes out Wow I want somebody that can make lemonade can land that dude well I hope these are helpful I am glad you’re part of inspiring better business we hope you will share these with others and make lemonade when you are handed a limit thank you
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