George Washington (February 22, 1732 [O.S. February 11, 1731 – December 14, 1799) was an American politician and soldier who served as the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797 and was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and later presided over the 1787 convention that drafted the United States Constitution. He is popularly considered the driving force behind the nation’s establishment and came to be known as the “father of the country,” both during his lifetime and to this day. (Wikipedia)
Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.
Since today is President’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to feature George Washington as my quotable figure for this week!
Although George Washington talks about nation and country, many of these principles can easily be applied to life and business.
During the turmoil in the country and world at this moment in time, taking time out this week to observe good faith, harmony, peace and justice seems appropriate and timely.
George Washington had great impact and influence over our country during his time which is carried through to today. I want to honor that during this week.
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington’s words have probably been repeated by hundreds of thousands of mother’s everywhere.
But, I also see where this concept is also important when doing business. If you are associating and doing business with people or companies of questionable reputation, it can reflect on your business.
While I was a sales rep, I represented a souvenir producer who had some questionable business practices. Even though, some of my buyers were shocked that I was doing business with him, I was able to convince them that they were dealing with me, not this questionable man. Eventually, I was able to procure some nice sales on his line.
But, it wasn’t long before this business owner turned on me and began making excuses as to why he wouldn’t pay me my agreed upon sales commission.
In retrospect, I probably should not have taken him on as a vendor, but then, I did help my buyers inventory the products they needed (without dealing directly with the question owner), and I did make some nice commissions for the few years we did business together.
We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.
We all make mistakes along the way. In my circles, we like to call this ‘missing the mark’. If you want to look at this from another angle, we don’t make mistakes, we are learning useful lessons.
Washington understood this viewpoint. There is no substitute for experience … whether it is success or a ‘lesson learned’.
So, let’s not look to the past except to refer to what we learned along the way. In most cases, I don’t think we would be the people were are without going through the experiences and learning those lessons during our travels through life.
What past ‘missing the mark’ have you made that changed your direction into something positive? That is what we need to dwell on going forward.
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