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Fixing Cars: Business Lessons A Blue Collar Job Can Teach You

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You know how the phrase goes that “anyone can buy a new car but real men can keep old one’s running.” Well, whoever said it had one thing right, which is that keeping an old car running takes a great deal of effort.

What may seem menial to the world can help you discover some life-changing lessons. Here’s a list of lessons that fixing cars can help you incorporate into your business life for a more successful you!

Patience Is A Virtue

Good things surely come to those who wait. Diagnosing the fault in your car or fixing the problem can always take longer than anticipated. Those who spend a good deal of time wrenching at home will be aware that getting hot-headed every time you hit a snag will not help solve the root of the cause any sooner. Being patient, on the other hand, can produce a much more rewarding output.

Likewise, setting up your own business or transcending to new frontiers of success is not an overnight task. The road to achievement is a long one, and those that wish to see results immediately will be unable or unwilling to walk it if they don’t exercise patience. Therefore, be willing to put in the hours and allow it to eventually drive you to the right path: the path to success.

Honing Your Skills

Working on vehicles isn’t everyone’s forte. There is a required level of skill needed to tackle challenges that may arise in relation to a car’s mechanics. Just like you can’t improvise your way into fixing a car, similarly, adequate knowledge of the industry, its external environment, and potential forces affecting the business itself will prove vital in helping the business achieve new heights of success.

Hence, continuous professional development is essential to succeeding in your business life and making more informed and mindful decisions. It will also help you stay up-to-date and relevant to the happenings around you. This can further be evidenced by Warren Buffet, a highly successful investor and entrepreneur, who once said, “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.”

Loss Does Not Mean Abandonment 

If the figures for your business haven’t been that great lately, no need to fret because there’s still hope! There will always be ideas you haven’t explored before.

Just like that old Cadillac rusting away in your garage won’t do you much good if it’s just left abandoned in its place. However, if you’re willing to spend some cash on that Cadillac restoration, it can prove quite fruitful in the forthcoming years. Especially since the demand for classic cars has been on the rise lately. 

Consequently, maybe changing your tactic, or your approach to dealing with problems, and capitalizing on elements that could prove lucrative in the long run could help take the business to horizons it was unable to reach before.

The Answers Aren’t Always So Clear

Figuring out car problems isn’t always straightforward. “The engine makes a sound” could indicate a number of problems with varying levels of seriousness.But there is always a solution. You just need to look for it. Your business life is no different. The answer will not always present itself on a silver platter. Instead, you’ll have to dig deep to decompose a problem to its core, think out of the box, and confront insurmountable challenges with tenacity. This will not only solve an issue but also reveal opportunities for growth.

 

About the author /


Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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