Insanity?

“One definition of insanity is to continue to do the same things over and over expecting different results.”

They say that you should never mix business and religion, but frankly I don’t see how you can separate the two.  If you were to ask me the one thing that might make a business successful I would say, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, the “Golden Rule” as stated by Jesus of Nazareth.

But the thing that brought the association between faith and business to mind was the above quote on insanity.  I don’t know who first said it, but I stumbled onto it last night in a reflection for Lent.  The author’s point was that if you want to improve yourself, you can’t just keep doing what you’re doing.  You have to change.  It’s a good thought for Lent, but it’s also a good thought for running your business.

If you’re completely happy with your results, then you shouldn’t make major changes, except to keep up with changes outside your control.  You have to adapt to the economy.  You have to adapt to new technology.  You have to adapt to changes in the market place.

On the other hand, if you’re not happy with your results, it is insanity to think that things will improve if you just keep doin’ what you’re doin’.  Because if you do keep doin’ what you’re doin’, you’re going to keep gettin’ what you’re gettin’.

While many of us will be using the next six weeks to reflect on our personal habits and to try to improve, maybe a “Business Lent” might not be such a bad idea either.  After all, our businesses are a vehicle for you and I and our families, for our employees and their families, and our customers to have better lives.  Striving to make those lives better by improving our businesses is something that I think the Lord Himself would endorse.

Stay tuned to Mining the Store  and we’ll do our best to help.

Have a great weekend!

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2 Responses

  1. Great blog and hope to have some time soon to come back and read more!

  2. Katie,
    Thanks for the kind words. Glad to have you as a reader.

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