A recent weekend found me wearing a shirt with the headline, “Gold in the Old.” It’s a t-shirt advertising Discovery Channels’ show, Fast & Loud. It’s a fun, lighthearted show, reality of course, (yeah), and it’s based on this fella, Richard Rawlins, who buys cars for cheap and either fixes and sells them or just re-sells them. His business, Gas Monkey Garage, is located in Dallas.
Coincidentally, I was out in my own shop for the better part of yesterday afternoon with my oldest daughter who was helping me “organize.” No small task. She loves to organize so it’s a perfect match.
The point was for me to get resources I have in places where I know they’ll be and lump them together with like resources. So, when I need them, I can find them quickly. I can also see what I don’t have and what I do have for resources (20 years of resources piled up in my shop – that’s a lot of 3-ring binders, hundreds of cassette tapes (remember those), hundreds of books and courses of all kinds).
It’s hard to organize this stuff, especially when it’s your own and you’re really just fine with how everything is stacked in piles (I am a pile stacker person).
Anyway – in going through all these piles and boxes, I kept noticing different pieces of brilliant information – some I’d written, some I’d purchased.
It was: Gold in the Old.
Turns out, after the afternoon wrapped up and it was time to get some dinner, I had a 6” pile on my desk in my office that I now needed to rifle through. It’s great stuff, all relevant and all really useful.
Some of the best advice I re-read from the umpteenth time: Go the opposite direction your competitors are heading – you’ll stand out. In other words, don’t do what every dentist in your area is doing. Be different. Innovate.
Another one – often a hard one for us entrepreneurs to swallow: You’ll never have a perfect business and you’ll never be totally “done.” Deal with it.
That alone was worth spending 3 hours rummaging through my old stuff to organize it. It was cleansing – purging even.