Cindy Harris Mandeville , Louisiana , USA
CHAPTER TWO - DESIRE
Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.
I've had that burning desire for about six months now to get out of the dry cleaning business and all of it's demands on me, and am seeing it come to fruition in many ways. I see that the time has come, and that The Lord is helping me make it happen. It's not been a very fun task to make Randy aware and try to make him understand that I'm serious and will not give in.
Among many other hints, it is now common, after 18 years in this business, for customers to ask if we're retiring soon, or asking how long we're going to continue, etc.... Thoughts are things, and it's in the air!
Just the other day, a key employee had an emergency and couldn't work, so I had to open at 7:00 am. Had that not happened, I wouldn't have seen a long-time customer & dry cleaning real estate agent who I had forgotten about. Wow. Randy & I are friends with him and his wife, but they don't come in very often, so we only see them once or twice a year now. I explained my delima that Randy won't discuss selling/retiring, but that I WILL be moving on this year. We had a nice conversation, and he said he would find a solution. I had been intent on SELLING the business until he explained that sometimes he arranges a "marriage" between two businesses. That would allow Randy to hold on to his attachment to the business/"security." Quite frankly, if I'm to be honest with myself, I would never want to be totally removed from the site because I wouldn't be able to keep up with all of our wonderful customers, expecially the ones who have been around all these years. They are family to me. They would miss me too....
Thoughts are things, and it's all coming together!
Whatever the outcome, I am now relieved that I am certain that I will be able to continue on with my dreams and aspirations of a more balanced and more prosperous life in my own retirement. Part of the plan of my God was for me to join all of you in this wonderful endeavor! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!