Bentley will see a squirrel, drop whatever he’s doing, and tear after it, irrespective of the distance, number of fences, and amount of trees intervening. When he has to pull up at the first fence, he looks up at the squirrel safely on the branch of a distant tree, and he barks in frustration.
Stop barking at business.
We have a tendency to smell money, see money, hear money, and pursue it relentlessly, despite the intervening obstacles and the overall distance. Not all business is good business, not all buyers are relevant buyers, not all people with money are buyers. We leave “money on the table” when we don’t use appropriate fees with our proposals, but we leave “time on the table” when we don’t use appropriate judgment with our prospects.
Some potential business is too small, too remote, too laborious, too demanding, too ridiculous. Some of it is unethical or repulsive. Eschew it.
Pursue that business which you are great at and love doing, provided by your ideal buyers. It’s as simple as that.
The Great Dog Koufax, knew his ideal squirrels. They were in his yard, within the fence, and he could reach the nearest tree before they could. He caught squirrels.
© Alan Weiss 2014