Successful Entrepreneurs Function Like Farmers
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1
The holiday shopping season is in full swing. Businesses, are pulling out all the stops to woo customers into buying gifts for themselves, their friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, many of them attempt to apply uncomfortable pressure tactics to get customers to indulge in impulse purchases. Salespeople feel the pressure of getting sales and they transfer that pressure to their potential customers. It is unfortunate because they don't realize that they could have tons of customers year round - not just during the holidays - if they operated more like farmers and less like desperate potion pushers.
Due to the fact that more than 80% of Americans live in urban areas, sometimes it’s difficult for us to relate to the habits and lifestyles of those who live in agricultural areas of our nation and world. Nevertheless, one can extract key lessons from agricultural best practices that can be used as transformational business and life principles.
In order to get the greatest yield from the land, farmers understand they must plan for several factors, including available resources and constraints, geography and climate of the farm, and their own philosophy and culture among other things.
Farmers also understand that different strategies are used at different times of the year to reap the best harvest based upon the types of crops they are producing. Likewise, entrepreneurs must plan and adjust their actions to harvest different business opportunities, because like crops they also come and go in cycles or seasons. Entrepreneurs must become keenly aware of the season/cycle in which their opportunities exist, so they can increase the size, frequency and quality of their harvest.
Let’s dig a little deeper as we consider different types of “opportunity seasons” and how you can plan for them in your business.
Although the country may be still struggling to come out of the recession your business doesn’t have to be. You can still grow in this environment. You just have to be more strategic, discerning, values-driven, and Holy Spirit-led than ever before. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to think like a farmer.
What are your thoughts about the pressure tactics salespeople use? Please leave your comments below...
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