Random musings, observations, squeaks, whimpers and perhaps the ocassional rant. About what, I'm not sure.

Monday, March 21, 2005

The Power of Persistence...

Two excellent posts about Persistence with a capital “P” here and here on Joe Krauss’ Bnoopy blog.  I started to write a comment and then it turned into three pages of a Word document.  Joe’s stories are very cool, and whether you’re a budding businesswoman or a seasoned entrepreneur, you should take a read.  Actually, the second post is more about not taking “no” for an answer then mere persistence – these are two very distinct things to me.

My story is about one of the most amazing things that I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of in business, and an excellent example of shared vision and teamwork.  David beating Goliath, if you will.  I’ve been thinking about these subjects a lot for the past week.

I’m not sure what to do with what I wrote – pare it down, certainly, but its way too long for a comment.  If I don’t decide to trash it, maybe I’ll take a chance and post it here as installments.  Tonight was the first time I’ve thought about it in a long time, and I have to say it stirs the most fond memories of my past partnership, and certainly was one of the pinnacles of achievement for our company – we all benefited from it.

If any of you guys from Shana are reading, I should thank you again for all the opportunity you presented me with.  Your collective strength of character, your sacrifices and your personalities (frustrating as some of them were at times) all created fertile ground in which to plant the seeds of greater success – for you and for me.  Not everything we planted were roses, to say the least, nor tasted good, but we grew the company, grew personally and professionally (and certainly financially), and did some good for our customers, shareholders, partners and employees along the way.  The Boeing deal was one of the most difficult things we ever did, but had great rewards.  We calculated and took our chances, we did it well, and we stuck together doing it.  There’s a lot to be said for that…


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