Believe it or not, there IS a best part to finding out you’re doing it wrong, and Profit First can help!
What Learning to Drive Stick Taught Me
I learned to drive on an automatic transmission. And I remember the day I decided I WOULD drive a stick shift.
I had thought about it for a while, and someone close to me owned a manual car, so I had access and I decided it was time.
Having seen people drive a manual car IRL, I thought, if they can do it, I can do it.
There were no YouTube videos on “How to Drive a Stick” at this point. (Actually, YouTube wasn’t even invented yet. 😱)
I just thought, you know, you hear the RPMs get up so high, and you shift. Big deal.
So, without any conversation, I hopped into a manual car, threw it in reverse, and got stuck at the bottom of the driveway.
Thankfully, a nice neighbor bailed me out by helping me push the car back into the garage. Not-so-thankfully, they definitely told on me.
Daniel, if you’re reading this, I’m still upset about it.
There is Hope in Getting it Wrong
It turns out, that sometimes, things are as easy they seem, but only once you know what you’re doing wrong.
And think about it.
That’s the best thing about finding out you’re doing something wrong.
You might feel frustrated and deflated at first. But the truth is, you just uncovered that there’s hope.
You realize it’s fixable. And once you fix it, and you get consistent with it, the whole thing gets easier.
Fixing our Mistakes
That’s how my marketing friend Schell and I felt when we first went through the Profit First hourly rate exercise.
We both realized we had been giving almost all of our time away…okay, maybe even paying some of our clients to work with them.
So, first, we felt awful. 😭
Then we felt hopeful. Because it was fixable.
And now, hopefully you can look at me and think, if she can do it, I can do it.
I’m banking on the fact that you can do it!
And in the meantime, while you’re figuring out what’s fixable, you can watch my full interview with Schell Gower of Clearmark here.
We talk about the ups and downs of profit first. And how finding out what we’re doing wrong gives us hope that we can fix it and get things right.
p.s. I did eventually learn how to drive a stick, no thanks to Daniel, I might add. It’s a good story about how urgency helps you learn things faster, but it’s a story for another day. xoxo