As I have mentioned a number of times, my history in the pet industry goes back to when I was 13 years old, learning to bath and groom dogs in a small grooming shop in the St. Louis area. If you would have asked me nearly 27 years ago if I would be writing about nearly 30 decades of experiences in this great business, I would have thought you were crazy. After all, I actually had aspirations of being a detective or wall street “suit”. Obviously neither have come to fruition, but that’s okay, especially considering the recent conditions in both of those previously attractive fields.
So, I am staring a new chapter in my blog writing. The next number of posts will be a collection of short stories about some of the fun times and even some really low times I have experienced first hand in this business. Of course, no names being mentioned, I can tell you that without some really cool bosses, co-workers, and eventually subordinate staff supporting me, many of these experiences couldn’t have happened the way they did. Every situation, every up and down, I view like bricks. Bricks build solid walls and eventually solid structures. Thanks to these “bricks” of history, I have the ability to excel in this business and share my life in the pet industry with you….through my eyes.
Well, with the turn of calendar, many of us contemplate the notion of setting resolutions, some even think the whole process through and launch ourselves into this new endeavor believing we will be successful. While some of us are, most are not. Most fail due to the lack of planning, or setting smaller, more milestone based goals for ourselves. Maybe you have heard the adage, “you cannot eat an elephant all in one bite”. Simply put, this means you have to define the steps to success needed to reach your overall goal. It’s like trying to get the top of a staircase without using the steps (no cheating and using the elevator). Poor execution usually leads to disappointment and surrender.
I am a firm believer in a try, try again mentality. Keep all opportunities on the table. Seek out new opportunities. Just because you are on this constant search for new things, doesn’t mean you are going to pursue them. Sometimes discovering and learning of new opportunities helps us more than we think. While sometimes we may think we will find something so attractive during our search process, we often times simply confirm the appeal of our current situation. This just means we have made good decisions up to this point. But just waiting for things to fall into your lap is not my recommendation. In my opinion, to be satisfied or “settled” is to give up control. Nobody is more in control of what eventually happens to us than we are. If we cannot control what is dealt to us, at least we can control how we deal with it. Without exploration for opportunities when you don’t necessarily need them, you will left short when you do.
Pick your passion, pursue it with all your heart, and never settle. Vince Lombardi once said, “”Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we will catch excellence”.
I read this interesting article about coffee shops this morning (while at the coffee shop) and it confirmed everything I have always thought about the interesting work environment and the amount of work I get done while sipping a cup of coffee. Ok, I drink a whole cup, but who’s counting.
I still have the same routine I have had for nearly 20 years. I start most of my days at the coffee shop, spending some “Me Time” reading a business book, newspaper, organizing my calendar, and once a week meeting a buddy to talk about our businesses, family, and of course, football.
I have always been amazed by how focused I can be in such a noisy atmosphere. As you will read in the study, however, there is a difference in productivity and noise levels and the threshold from one to the next is very thin. That is, don’t plan on getting too much cognitive progress done surrounded by barking dogs, but people talking, ordering coffee, and the occasional Bible study table next to mine on Thursdays seem to be the perfect “blend” of productive ambiance.
I am saying all of this to suggest you take some “Me Time” and make a routine of starting your day under YOUR rules, planning your day or your week by stuffing your head with productive and meaningful intent. The coffee will open your eyes. The coffee shop locale will open your mind. All you have to do is fill it with something useful.
Studies show only 10% of pet owners seek out solutions for their pet’s oral hygiene needs! What?! That means 90% of the pets out there have either the beginning stages of a life shortening disease (periodontal disease) or have advanced signs including loss of teeth, pain, infection, or worse.
As pet professionals, we have a duty to inform our clients about the importance of proper oral hygiene for their pets. While solutions including visits to the pet’s Veterinarian exist (which can be very expensive and sometimes risky) there are daily, very simple things that can be done to help the pet’s breath and oral health between cleanings. These options include brushing and NO brushing alternatives and some really cool toys that promote better oral hygiene. Of course I am a bit biased (OK, allot biased) to the NO BRUSHING NECESSARY line of Tropiclean Fresh Breath products! It really doesn’t get any easier than this!
For all of you groomers out there, if you don’t already, start offering a solution for bad breath as a grooming service and increase your earnings today! It is amazing what adding this simple $5 service can do for your bottom line and your pet client’s health.