Currently I’m in the process of launching a new product. Specifically a super fun, hand-held play, exercise and training device for dogs.
As with our tees, I prefer to manufacture in the United States. However, my current contract sewer is not equipped for the apparatus I have designed and I am interviewing other domestic companies.
As I engage with various manufacturers I’m remembering a lesson I learned long ago…
“If it’s bumpy on the runway, you may not want to take off.”
Meaning that the tone, quality and enjoyment of relationships; whether work or personal are usually set early.
So, for example; Is someone hard to reach? Doesn’t promptly return calls? Is MIA for days at a time? Doesn’t address an outstanding matter without prompting?
If so, you may want to think about whether or not you want to take it farther. Personally, I can default into trying harder or rephrasing to elicit the response and rhythm that I want. The problem with this is that it sets up the future dynamic dependent on me to drive the train. Plus it can be a breeding ground for resentments.
Ironically, any time we try to force things they seem to either fall apart, or require exponential effort to keep them together.
This said, if you want to be the driving force in your relationships — by all means — have at it! But, if you are more interested in an approach of partnership and balance, try doing only your part and then pay careful attention to the early days of any relationship.
People tell us who they are very quickly!
I hope this is food-for-thought that helps your relationships – business and personal – flourish. It may take patience and practice, but soon you’ll find yourself surrounded by those who are as equally interested in you as you are in them.
And therein is the joy…
Have a beautiful day and remember I am most definitely in your corner!
p.s. And if you’re interested in P.E.T.™ play exercise train device, you can check it out HERE. Super fun and easy to use:)