Yesterday, we talked a little bit about the strategies we can employ for our benefit and how they differ from buy-transform-sell to buy-build-sell. We also talked about meeting our contractor and our realtor for a beer and a burger last night. You know, a little talky-talk-talk and a review of options on the board. So... that was a lie.
We met at the place for the burger and a beer. But the place was closed for the holidays. We then went to a place that was a little too haughty. A little "hoity toy." (Which always makes us laugh. We've met garbage men with private Bell Helicopters, and "Big Time" players with leased Mercedes. Garbage man or CEO, we are all people. No room for the "better than thou" set.) So, we set out from there in a hurry and went up the street to a little Mexican Restaurant chain and had way too much food, a ginormous beer and some quick and serious talk.
The upshot? We are going to build on one of our lots. This is a little more of a commitment than the typical Box Bend Transformation of diamonds in the rough. The reason being is that we can always rent diamonds in the rough. One cannot rent a partially completed project that hasn't passed inspections. So... it is all the way or no way.
To expand upon yesterday, we just see too much "dumb money," chasing too few resources. And, again, we would rather wait for that one throw to come over the plate that we really want to swing at, rather than the ones that are dusting our shoes, or brushing us back off the plate. We talked about the TV flippers a little, and our contractor told us of a very "well-to-do" man who went to the "free seminar" put on by one of the TV Flip Couples. There were meetings following the opportunity meeting. At the end, the "free seminar" was a product to "teach" the well-to-do man how to flip a house. The price of admission for these teachings: $30,000. Thirty Gs! The well-to-do guy paid it. What did he learn? Well, one of the things he "learned" was to use the contractors and subs as a bank. Bad idea sparky. If your contractor goes broke, you are starting over with the permit process, and left holding a bag of crap that other guys are going to see is crap and charge accordingly to "pick up" your crap. The upshot? His first flip is boarded up and nothing is being done. This was what our contractor told us about last night.
"I ran away from that guy as fast as I could," he said.
So, we will wait for the right diamonds in the rough to give us a little glint of sunshine, and then we will Box Bend over and pick them up. In the meantime, we will let the depreciating asset crowd (those willing to overpay and over improve) play themselves out. And we will resurrect one of our reserve lots and build a spec home in a neighborhood that is on fire. That reminds us...
There was a book a few years ago that got a lot of play called "Reminiscences of a Stock Operator." It was an interesting book because it was supposed to be about the legendary trader Jesse Livermore... or something like that, if memory serves. At any rate, we think it was that book that pointed out the obvious about the stock market: It is good to be going in the direction of the market. In other words, buying and speculating on appreciation makes sense in an up-market. Right now we have a hot market in this little neighborhood we are building in. We will ask our agent to pull inventory and DOM numbers, but we are fairly confident that we know the answer. We just completed a renovation transformation in that neighborhood. And with that...
Say "Hello" (again) to Box Bend Home.
So Minnesota is a no-go... at least with the property we were going to bid on. And the local property we talked about is also a no-go. So... this leads to two important points:
First, stick to your guns. We have a business associate and friend who tells the story of his father buying cars at auction to flip them. He would sometimes end up paying too much and putting himself into a position of not being able to make a profit on the car. When questioned about this by our friend, his father would say, "It was the last car. I had to get something. I couldn't come home empty handed."
Remember this and tattoo it on your forehead backwards so you see it in the mirror ever day (or just write it on your mirror):
YOUR GOAL IS TO MAKE A PROFIT!
Your goal is not to make a living for someone else or provide the funds so that they may do so. Your goal is not to make someone else comfortable. If you do this business right, in our opinion, those things will be natural offshoots of the business. However, if you get caught up in the bidding war, or exceed your own drawn boundaries, you will fail. If you fail too often or too many times, you will not be making a profit because you will not be in business. Come home empty handed, but with your wallet in tact for the next opportunity. And the next. And the one after that, if need be. Patience, grasshopper.
To expand upon this, we were listening to the Joe Polish podcast on marketing. He was interviewing Damond John -the FUBU guy from the TV show Shark Tank. Daymond has a new book coming out about The Power of Broke. (See the link below.) Raymond talked about small and affordable steps on one's way to building an empire. The emphasis here should be on the word affordable. There is nothing affordable about forcing a bid or letting ego rule the day. This isn't Vegas.
So, the second point is that there will always be opportunity, but not all opportunity is good. We are meeting with our contractor and realtor tonight. We are going to have a beer or two and possibly a burger. We are going to consider the menu of opportunities before us and either "order" something or pass for now. Specifically, we will look at our three empty lots in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood and consider new construction -which we have been considering for a long, long time now. (See the Box Bend Home link on our main website: www.boxbend.com ) We will also consider one or two other possibilities -including the old farmhouse that we might want to turn into a rental. And when it is all said and done, we will probably return home to digest all this information.
The point being that we do not need to panic and become despondent over the local auction, or the one in Minnesota. That is our tendency, by the way. It is probably human nature and not just our tendency alone. "Ah, I didn't get anything." Head down. A half-hearted kick at the dust on the ground. Maybe a follow-up: "Gosh Darn-it! Gosh Darn-it all to heck!" But, hey! Charlie Brown! Lift up your head. Opportunity truly is all around. You don't have to fall for that Lucy every time. The trick is not in finding opportunity, but in finding the right opportunities... the right conditions, the right people, the right deal. To be as redundant as possible; if the opportunity is not right, before pulling the trigger and shooting yourself in the foot, nether regions, or even someone else, consider the first point again. You want the "right opportunity," not just any opportunity.
Maybe a third point is to have a plan. Have some guidelines when you approach this business. It is getting crazy out there again. The "bubble" mentality is coming back with a vengeance. The "We Buy Houses" bandit signs have gone off and made thousands of babies by people that are ill-equipped to be parents. People are overpaying. They are watching HGTV or DIY Network, and thinking that they have the wold by the short hairs and all they need to do is bring a fat wallet and some half-baked notions about how to sequence a deal and they will be A-Okay and then they will be driving that Porsche 911 in no time and they will have a huge mansion and maybe a TV show of their own and... Man! Get a grip. This isn't fantasy land. These are the same nut-balls who overextended themselves last time. They have convinced themselves that "this time" is different, and as long as they have the money, or can get the money, they will make money. Wrong. Sorry, but very, very, very wrong. (We have a friend that says that the use of the word "very" is wrong.) This isn't planning and sound business. This is buying a storage locker and hoping that there is a unmolested Ferrari underneath the tarp. Those sensuous curves that you see are actually plastic, worn, and nasty butts of mannequins from some defunct store that misjudged ego and hubris for supply and demand. We have said it before and we will say it again: Hope is not a strategy.
Take a bus, Gus. Make a new plan, Stan. It is time to get out of that town of old, gold-rush thinking, and be disciplined and principled. Be a true business person. This is even more important than finding the opportunity. This is the foundational stuff. Because what is coming is what is always coming when too many people flood a market and drive up demand while reducing supply: A bubble. And that is really good news. Believe it or not, that is excellent news. Why?
If you are principled and follow guidelines, you may be in a position to still be standing when this thing pops in a year or three. We are not advocating sitting on the sideline. Don't misunderstand. We are saying, swing only at the ones that are in YOUR sweet spot. And keep a little powder dry. Because if you buy the deal correctly, there will be plenty of room to move down if you have to. And, when there is blood in the streets, you will be able to jump in and pick up great deals. You will still be standing. The idiots that go out and say, "This time is different!" will end up where they always end up: Starting over. Or looking at a tarp and guessing what is underneath.
Now don't get us wrong. Nothing wrong with Starting Over. Better that than not starting at all. It is only that minimizing the need to start over is truly in your best interest. You may have to learn this lesson a few times. We may need to learn this lesson a few times. But it is kind of like Daymond John talking about going broke three times on his road to a clothing empire. He said that he needed to learn those lessons before being entrusted with bigger stakes. Maybe you need that, too. Maybe we need that, as well. But wouldn't it be better to learn from other people's mistakes? Wouldn't it be better to look around and say, "What happened last time, and why?" Wouldn't it be better to have that plan?
We think that the Minnesota and local auction winners will make money. We applaud that. We wish them no ill-will. We will never begrudge a man or woman their success. We are only saying that we have a sweet spot and we won't swing until the ball is right where we want it. Or, if you prefer, we won't order off the menu just to eat. We will order if the meal looks appetizing. There will always be risk. There will always be some sort of question mark hanging out there. We will swing. We will swing again. And again. We will order of the menu, and probably go back for more. So, again, we are not advocates of a passive bench warming strategy. We are advocates of a strategy.
Our strategy is to limit our purchase price to a percentage of ARV -after repair value. This is for our buy-transform-sell portion of the business. We will take a slightly different approach if we are considering the buy-transform-rent strategy. We will take a completely different approach if we are considering the buy-build-sell or buy-build-rent strategy. And we have a new strategy on the true flip/wholesale side of the fence. But, to date, our sweet spots have been to buy-transform-sell, or buy-transform-rent. And in some cases (a totally different business altogether) we just buy and rent. We also have a strategy of Kaizen, or if you are from New Zealand and a huge fan of the All Blacks team, this is "Scrum." We will be looking for constant improvement. We will be looking to restart play if need be by moving the ball in our direction. What this truly means is that we are willing to learn from others. If someone is consistent and congruent in their results, good or bad, we are all ears and eyes.
We hope that you are encouraged to define your sweet spot, take the shots or swings or order from the menu, and persevere. If you don't know how to do that, then read blogs like this, get an Audible subscription, go to the Library... find out what others have done and are doing. But don't watch that crap on HGTV. The big Land Rover or Cadillac Escalade probably came from syndication royalties and not the biz of "flipping." Side Note: If we are ever offered that fantasy land gig of a TV show, we will be taking it. Just saying.
All of that TV fiction aside, remember that Jordan probably scored so much because he missed so much on the court. Same with any great player. And you do want to be a player, right? You aren't reading all of this verbal diarrhea for your health, right? Well, go play, Charlie Brown.
Just watch out for that Lucy.
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Steve McQueen (Bud Elkin) and the epic jump on a Triumph Bonneville adorns the space above the door. Also, partial picture of the French license plate from Raleigh's Sister City in France. The key is from the old architecture building at NDSU. Room 108. (Found in an old motorcycle jacket that wasn't worn since... well, NDSU days.)
Okay. It is time for us to rock and roll!
It is right around 6:00 A.M. according to the Steve McQueen Great Escape clock. We have been sleeping in with the holiday and getting a later start than normal. The new office is not quite up to snuff just yet, but we are in it. Thanks, Santa!
We still have a truckload of crap to put away and organize, but now we are waiting on us... on a purchase -probably on Saturday, of a new bookshelf. But enough on this organizing our office stuff and the fact that our filing cabinet is going to be finding a permanent home more than likely in the super wide hallway outside of our home office. Let's talk operational "stuff."
We are bidding (actually pre-bid) on an auction today. We are considering one property in Minnesota as well, and will be consulting with our friend in the Twin Cities later today about the market, & average DOM (Days on Market -how long a property takes to sell) -especially this time of year. So, we may end up with A) the local house -although the time frame for the auction is over a couple of days, or B) the MN house, or C) both. There is a fourth option. There is a "D" option. The D option is to call a few of our favorite friends and see what is out there on the street. Meaning that we would talk about non-auction or unlisted property.
So, to break all of this down, here is our plan of action for today:
First we will wait with baited eyeballs for the auction to start that we pre-bid on. Should the number surpass our pre-set maximum (the price we are willing to pay for the house), then we will move on to step two.
Step two is to call our friend in Minneapolis and enquire about DOM, market conditions, etc. If we hear what we like, and the auction number is below our preset limit, we will bid on the Minneapolis home. As a side note, we will also have a conversation with our contractor. He is originally from Michigan, but we will want to know: Has he flown with tools before? How does he feel about working in Minnesota in the winter time?
If our auctions go well, and our calls are fantastic, we might go with option C. If our calls do not go well, then we will move on to option D. Let's call this step three. Or step two-point-five. Or options C and D contingent upon Steps One and Two. Um...
We are thinking about the fat kid in the Home Alone movies. You know, Buzz, or whatever his name was. "One, he could use a little... and two, he... and D, he..." Sorry. We probably have misquoted Buzz. All this to say, that there are provisos, restrictions, qualifications and the like attached to our day's activities.
In addition to all of that auction/buying activity, we signed the due diligence repair agreement last night with the fine folks who are purchasing Moreland. We are still slated to close on the 18th of January. This is cool. Really cool.
And, we will be reaching out to our contractor today to talk about the work quote on the Moncure farmhouse. And we will be reaching out to our realtor on the zoning questions on the land. So...
Last night, one of the two of us had a dream about three houses going at once. We've been in that boat before. This should tell you (the reader) where our mind has been at -and usually is at, for that matter. At any rate, that was the gig/dream and things were moving fast. Should that dream come true, we could be looking at a rocking 2016. The fact that Moreland will close in 2016, provided all goes as planned, is actually a blessing. It will start the year off with a huge leap forward and hopefully set the tone and timbre of the coming year. Let's rock and roll!
Buy your house? Why yes. Yes, we do that. Happy Post Christmas/Holiday Rush. We hope that you had a good time. We've been busy ourselves...
Here is the link to our new page for sellers: http://www.boxbend.com/buy-my-house.html
We are getting the word out now that we will buy from private parties. In addition to auctions, realtors, and contractors, we will now purchase houses or other real estate directly from private owners. Once again, here is the link to our new page for this: CLICK HERE.
We are also starting to open this up across the country. Stay tuned for more on this development.
Wow! We are blown away. Over 900 visitors this week -up from 750, with many of you being repeat offenders. That's incredibly cool and humbling at the same time.
This is one of the nicest gifts we could hope for under the Box Bend tree.
All we can say is, "Thank you for being here. We really appreciate it."
Merry Christmas to one and all!
Hey race fans! Just four more days until Christmas.
We are going to go right up to the wire and beyond with Box Bend.
This year, Santa is putting a new home office under the Christmas tree. The existing home office... er... "World Headquarters," is being manned out of a spare bedroom in our house. It's a fairly good sized and nice "office," but it has been slowly eroded by the inclusion of things like craft supplies and doll houses and other things that the elves that run around this place have snuck in during the middle of the night.
The new WORLD HEADQUARTERS of Box Bend will also be a shared space, but it will be a shared space with a couple of other businesses that we are in. One of us comes out of the profession of architecture. This person, who shall remain nameless, likes dark spaces, the smell of libraries and coffee shops (read: tons of paper), and dark spaces. So... the new World Headquarters of Box Bend is going to be in a former storage space that we are converting to... well... the Box Bend World Headquarters. (At least for now.)
Our contractor (who rocks!) is almost done with the space. The painters came by yesterday (on Sunday!) to finish the painting. The hardwood floors will go down, the electrical stuff will be finished, and the fixtures, as well as the hardware, will go in. He is saying that this will all happen before Christmas Eve. We know how scheduling goes so we are not holding our breath, but we are fairly jazzed that we are a few small jobs away from this bad boy being wrapped up and ready for the filing cab, the computer, the printers, the love seat that doubles as a sleeper... that we are picking up tonight, etc.
The day gig is mercifully going to allow us some time off for the holidays, and we will use that time to transfer the accoutrements from the existing bedroom... er... World Headquarters, to the new, better, darker, task-lamp-friendly, office.
We want to give you a peak into the hodgepodge of crap we are talking about here, so this new space will include things to be transferred like: a Steve Steigman print from the Weaver Gallery called, "Blown Away," (anyone over a certain age may remember the TDK ads that were popular in the '80s based on this print. A similar print can be viewed here.); a bunch of plaques -including a egocentric and much loved design award; an honorable discharge from the US Navy; a French license plate; a metal print of us with some friends at the Rolling Stones concert; no fewer than four Le Corbusier prints (an architect); and a framed print from Boerth's Frame and Mirror (RIP) in Fargo, ND that shows sequential shots of cities and states clearly beneath each one: Moscow. London. Paris. Fargo. If that were not enough, there is also a cool shot from Scott Gilbertson of Gilbertson Photography of a literal Turtle surfacing in a pond; a signed Max Neutra print; three diplomas from fine institutions of higher education; and a sweet little red clock that states; God Save McQueen and shows an almost rubber stamp image of Steve McQueen jumping the bike over the fence in The Great Escape.
(Side note... because it is a side note type of day... Steve McQueen, who rode bikes regularly, did not actually jump the Triumph motorcycle painted to look like a war time BMW German bike. His friend Bud Elkin jumped the bike for him. Okay. That was it. For all you Triumph fans and Anglophiles out there, this one was for you.)
Oh yeah, a knit blanket of the Union Jack will also make it's way to the new World Headquarters. After all, what would a World Headquarters... er... "Secret Lair," be like without a little nod to James Bond? After all, we are saving houses and real estate from a fate worse than death, right? (Kids and secret lairs, though?)
It is that time of year. We are winding down and taking stock of our efforts, while ramping up and preparing for the new year. Pun intended; we hope that we are a little bit wiser, and can bring the gift of that wisdom to all that we do out there.
2015 was a good year in terms of the number of flips for us. Our "number" will be small potatoes to some, and impossibly large to others. To us it was neither too small or too large. It was what it was.
Now that is not to say that we didn't want and plan on "more," but life is what happens while we are making plans.
We had 8 homes, one of which was/is surrounded by farmland, and three lots that we purchased for spec homes.
We sold 7 homes. Of which, one was a contract for deed -which is kind of cool due to it providing monthly income, and one was at a wash -or break even. The break even one was actually sold to ourselves, and we detail all of those gymnastics in this post.
And one of the seven actually did not close in 2015. It went under contract in 2015. It will close (hopefully) in 2016. That is, we are slated to close in January. So technically, we closed on 6 of the 8 homes in 2015, and are looking to close on old number seven in January of 2016.
Now allow us to say that these are NOT the results we were looking for or expected. We had planned to sell all the homes and to start on the spec homes while continuing to flip other opportunities as they arise. Our goal was much higher. The expected results were much healthier. The education wasn't going to be so enlightening. Again, life happens while we make our plans.
On the flip side, this is not a bad result. We wouldn't even say that it is mediocre. We would say that it is "okay." We were delayed on permits and a few trades on the seventh house -the one that is slated for a January closing. As we talked about earlier, the farmhouse and the land around it failed to meet the reserve that we set at auction, and we did not sell it... at a midweek evening auction... in December ...in a small town. (What were we thinking?) But that is okay. Another venture may be interested in part of the land. And speaking of land, we did not build one single spec home under the newly created "Box Bend Home" company. We haven't even started. But that also is okay. The lots have gone up in value. The gentrification in those neighborhoods is still at what one friend would call, "Full Tilt Boogie." The taxes are reasonable. So, "Cool." We think.
Speaking of which, now is a good time to talk about 2016. We think that 2016 is going to start off with a bang. The seventh house of 2015 may very well end up being the first of 2016. Again, it is under contract.
We have our contractor looking at the eighth house -the farm house. We are considering turning it into a rental, or breaking it off with a chunk-o-land and selling it off. Right now we are leaning heavily towards the "renting" side of the equation. (Believe it or not, the old Box Bend gig costs money each and every month to "open the doors.") A little rental income to add to our contract for deed income is a good thing. Or would be a good thing. However, we need to get the quote from our contractor before we pull any triggers or detonate any mines. Stay tuned, race fans.
We are waiting on some zoning questions from Lee County to talk turkey with the industry that may be interested in part of our farm land. This will determine the course of action with the non-house part of the land. If it does not jive, we may end up keeping the land while the direction of development moves towards us. We may rent it as farmland. But we are hopeful that this new business will want it and... more on this later.
We are a "no-go" on the development that we were going to do in Minnesota lake country. The Otter Tail County code guys gave us good news, but not "good enough" news to move forward with that project. However, our buddy is now searching for a very specific type of property and we will pounce like fat kids in a candy store should he come up with it. That is, we will move at what we consider to be lightening speed, but will probably be seen by everyone else as awkward, lumbering and painfully slow.
We are going to consider carefully the three lots in Durham. No definitive dates or plans just yet, but with 2016 and spring around the corner, we think it may be time to rock and roll.
So, ramping up for 2016, we are looking at one closing for January to kick us off, we have one farmhouse on deck that may get a down and dirty version of renovation for a rental, and we have some land surrounding that farmhouse which we might subdivide or reconfigure independent of the farmhouse. We have three separate lots in Durham. And we have our eyes set upon one auction locally, and a piece of real estate (or two) in Minnesota. In other words, we are working in three communities now, and we may be adding a fourth -out of state -community. Also, we are looking at 5 to 8 projects as we ramp up for 2016 already. Let's list this out for the sake of clarity.
1) Closing on house in Durham -January.
2) Bidding on auction on specific local piece of property in the Raleigh burbs. Determination soon and closing in January if successful.
3) Minnesota real estate hunt going on now with a closing likely (if found) in Q1 of 2016.
-Transformation of that property in 2016 as well.
4) Farmhouse renovation 30-40 minutes south of town. Rental preferred, but possible sale.
5) Farm land subdivided again and broke off into two or three separate chunks -30-40 minutes south of town.
-Possible sale of one chunk
-Possible rental of another to a different company.
-Possible retention of the second and third chunk... and rental as farmland.
6) Lot one in Durham
7) Lot two in Durham
8) Lot three in Durham.
We are also going to continue to look for healthy candidates to purchase and renovate. We have our fingers in the pies of a few other businesses, but we are resolute in our actions towards Box Bend and not away from it. If that makes sense. We are looking at ramping it up and will look at bringing better systems and planning into place in 2016. And we think that is one of the main take-aways from 2015: We need better systems in place.
Permit and subcontracting delays not withstanding, we learned some valuable lessons about designing systems that compensate for, and work around, those issues instead of trying to barrel through them or, more likely, stopping everything while those issues get resolved. Moreland took too long. That is our fault. We should have planned better. We should have systemized things on a more professional level. Our contractor is absolutely the best out there. He did what he had to do and he could only wait with us on the project.
<Side note: Most people do not understand sequencing. They watch HGTV and think, "Ha! I will flip a house, too," and they have no idea on the actual process or the gymnastics involved. Know the routine before hitting the balance beam, Sparky. >
We knew the routine. We come out of architecture -the profession. So, no excuses.
We also plan to ramp up 2016 in the sense that we want to get a lot more creative about the kind of deals that we do. In addition to the additions that we might add to existing homes, we want to look closer at how we sell our homes, and how we manage our projects. We are even considering a service provider that acts as project manager on the projects to ensure on-time and on-budget delivery. We are fortunate to be blessed with one such service provider in our community. This is bigger than it sounds, because time is actual money. And moreover, if we are the bottleneck through poor planning or a lack of systemizing or a bad system or whatever, then it makes complete sense for us to be removed from that part of the process. Sounds strange, right? But all along we have not been looking at job creation. We have jobs. We have been looking to create an asset or multiple assets. That is why Box Bend is Box Bend and not <insert a few names here.> That is why we applied with the Better Business Bureau and that is why we are considering this PM service. IF the business relies solely on you, or you and someone else, than it is not much of a business. So, this is a major, long-term, goal: Build a business that can operate without you. Or "us" in this case. We don't need another job.
We also want to ramp up our volume in 2016. We can see a clear delineation of progress from our very first flip to where we are now. It goes without saying, right? Everyone wants to do more. But volume alone is not the answer. It has to be the right kind of volume. As dumb as this might sound, it needs to be patient volume. That is, we need to wait for the right kind of deals, and not just deals. We don't need that rookie "Jump!" type of mentality with anything that comes along. Marginal deals can quickly become bad deals. And there are hundreds, if not thousands, of marginal deals. Many, many realtors will approach you with marginal deals if your name gets out there. They are not mean, or nasty or even self-centered. They just don't know a marginal deal when they have it. No one does. Let's repeat that: No one does... except you. Or in this case, except us. That is, we have to define what a good deal is and maybe even what it is not so that we can know the difference when we see it. Patient volume. Patient volume and saying, "No," are the keys to the kingdom.
We have started to assign a specific schedule and a specific goal in each area of our business to 2016. We are putting down what we want the summary for 2016 to look like and are working back from there in a series of subsequently smaller and smaller steps. And this is the other major planning process that we have refined and developed over the years. Leave a comment, or email us, and we will give you a link to the one resource we use more than anything else in this arena.
And finally, we renew our commitments to zero debt for 2016. This is a personal thing, but we really do believe that it will serve us well in the long run. We have watched too many high-flying companies and individuals crash and burn in recessionary times. Short memories and greed will kill more dreams than anything else. And economic cycles are called "Cycles" for a reason -they come back around.
With that being said, we hope that you and yours have a great remaining 2015. We'll hopefully be back before next Friday, but then we are going to go on a little sabbatical and will probably not post until the end of the month or until early next year.
Stay tuned, thanks for being here, and powdery wishes of wisdom heading your way.
Do yourself a favor and make a commitment to quality today.
That's it. Sounds simple to say, but it is hard to execute. It is a worthy challenge, however, and we urge you to do yourself this favor.
Taking action is one part of the equation in this or any arena. The other part is making sure that you are committed to a quality outcome not only for yourself but for those that you work with, for those that buy your product, and for those that merely run into you. Although... hopefully not literally. That could hurt. Bad.
Think about what a quality commitment for each area of your life and business would look like. Then strive to make your reality meet that image.
That's it. Just a little PSA for your consideration.
Have a great day, tiger!
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