A few months ago a friend introduced me to the wonders of playing Scrabble through Facebook — while I’d played years ago and moved on to playing an updated version (“UpWords”) with my Mum, I hadn’t thought about transferring lessons learned in Scrabble to business until recently.
A few observations:
Scrabble: While placing your word in the “obvious” position may bring you quick points, taking a deeper look at the board before placing your letters almost always results in higher points.
Business: Doing what’s obvious can generate a trickle of revenue while stepping back and analyzing before acting almost always results in higher revenue and profits.
Scrabble: The board and your letters are constantly changing. Make the most out of each turn.
Business: The environment and economy are constantly changing. Decide what you’re doing and do it.
Scrabble: It’s a game – relax, have fun and enjoy the person you’re playing with.
Business: It’s your life – relax, have fun doing what you love and create relationships to enjoy and last a lifetime.
I’m often asked where I get the ideas for all the content I share: programs, products, blog posts, SmarTini tips, SmarTini Quick Tip videos, teleseminar topics, etc. Truth is, there are lessons and ideas all around – you just have to learn how to tap into them.
My Request to You:
Owning and managing a successful business is really about just a few things:
- Listening to your clients and readers and giving them what they want (you personally if qualified and through strategic referrals if you’re not).
- Observing everything around you, even Scrabble® games, and transferring lessons learned to your business whenever possible.
- Be in integrity. Period.
Did you notice that each of the above bullet points has an action included? The observation without the action is meaningless when it comes to your success.
© 2011 Sandra Martini