During my childhood years, my late parents made some attempts to go into business.
Those attempts proved to be short-lived.
I was young then and I just observed what went on. Now, I look back and I saw a different light in some of the business decisions that my parents made.
I think that perhaps those business attempts would have thrived longer and earned better profits if my parents had considered the following:
Directly manage the business or hire a good manager. My parents at one point owned a beauty salon but they were too busy with their own separate careers. They also did not hire an experienced manager. This business eventually folded up. I think focus and passion are key things in growing and sustaining any business.
Knowledge of the market. At one time, my parents also went into newspaper publishing with some of their friends. The main challenge here is that they did this in our city where there were already two entrenched newspaper companies that time. I think that given their combined talents and skills the newspaper would have stayed on if they did a little bit more research and data gathering about the market and even about their competition. Doing this could have perhaps helped them in bringing out the edge of their paper. Data gathering or possessing information as some would say is power. Data gathering, and better data management would help a lot in improving one’s business. You can read more about data management tools on this page.
Failures and loss are sometimes part of the package. Perhaps it had to do with my father being a lawyer who always did his best to win every case he handled. Failure or loss is something he never wanted to face. But just listening to or reading the stories of successful business people and their businesses would show that they even faced several losses or failures in the beginning before they reached their breakthrough. What I remember is that my parents preferred to end a business venture when business challenges begin to appear.
Ask sound business advice from other successful business people. My late parents, it seemed to me, did not cultivate friendships with other business people who could have given them business tips, advice. I think we succeed when we listen and learn from others. Getting a mentor in business is also a key in unlocking the door of business success.
My late parents were satisfied with their own careers and were successful in them. I just think that they would have fared better, too, in doing business with just a few tweaks in their approach.
The month of March is referred to as Women’s month. And before we say good bye to this month, I would like to share here a beautiful poem by one of my favorite poets, the late Sylvia Plath.
The poem is about a mother and a child. It is a piece that mirrors the author’s experience of giving birth to and taking care of one of her children. It is an experience shared by women across different cultures and generations, whether they were the biological mother of a child or they took on a motherly role.
by Sylvia Plath
Love set you going like a fat gold watch.
The midwife slapped your footsoles, and your bald cry
Took its place among the elements.
Our voices echo, magnifying your arrival. New statue.
In a drafty museum, your nakedness
Shadows our safety. We stand round blankly as walls.
I’m no more your mother
Than the cloud that distills a mirror to reflect its own slow
Effacement at the wind’s hand.
All night your moth-breath
Flickers among the flat pink roses. I wake to listen:
A far sea moves in my ear.
One cry, and I stumble from bed, cow-heavy and floral
In my Victorian nightgown.
Your mouth opens clean as a cat’s. The window square
Whitens and swallows its dull stars. And now you try
Your handful of notes;
The clear vowels rise like balloons.
Had this blog been online last January 31, this post would have gone live then. But as I have mentioned earlier, some hosting problems plagued this blog that time.
I am writing this now because I wanted to remember that moment 🙂 Here’s a beautiful photo of the Super Blue Blood Moon* then, taken by a friend:
So my birthday this year was just really somewhat ordinary 🙂
Well, I was not even feeling very well that day. And then my husband and I had just dinner at home (he bought a nice dinner for us and brought it home). But then, there it was. This rare jewel in the sky that night.
Somehow, it made my day extra special.
It felt like someone was winking at me, no, smiling at me from above.
Thank you, Lord, for one more year and for showing me, us such a wonderful sight in the sky.
*The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)