Douglas Emerson Profitable Horseman
Profitable Horseman Newsletter
October 17, 2008 

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It's Your Call
If you are fiercely independent, you may have a love/hate relationship with problem solving like I do.  My problem started in fourth grade and continued through college and for many years to follow.  When problems arose, phrases like, "I can figure that out" and "I know how to solve this" involuntarily popped out of my mouth.
 I was obsessed with a do it yourself mentality toward problem solving.  There was no honor in asking for help and how would I be able to show all of my work when asked?
 In pursuit of an answer, no problem was too big or small to not rob me of time and energy.  Whether in books, magazines, government pamphlets, Google, Yahoo or Wikipedia, there had to be an answer or solution lurking somewhere for me to discover.
You probably heard your teachers say as many times as I did, "You need to become a self sufficient problem solver."  Therefore, we should all know how to:
  • Solve algebraic equations for two unknowns, 
  • Explain the Krebs Cycle and 
  • Avoid splitting infinitives. 


 Our teachers had good intentions, but while self reliance is important, the value of reliance on others is more important

 Yes, you can do it all yourself.  But, why would you want to do all of it?
 Solving your own problems may be keeping your business growth tight reined.  Asking for help from others is not evidence of weakness. It's a show of personal self confidence in admitting that you don't know everything and aren't willing to invest hours or days of your time in an attempt for the right to say Eureka!

As an example, I had a hap hazard system for backing up my computer files. My back-up schedule was sporadic and I was saving data to CD's and jump drives.  I knew there had to be a better system.  
 Old me most likely would have spent hours researching the alternatives and then painstakingly developed a solution.  New me just asked computer wizard Len what the back up solution was for me.   "", Len answered, "automated, online back-up and storage, about fifty bucks a year."  

Answer, action, accomplished. 
 Are you wasting time researching business questions like these?
  • Am I paying too much for liability insurance for my horse business operation?  Pick up the phone to call and ask a knowledgeable insurance agent.
  • Can I evict a boarder with less than thirty days notice?  Call an attorney familiar with horses and ask about the law in your state or province.
  • Do I have to pay overtime for every employee who works over eight hours in a day?  Call and ask your accountant.


The bad news: You have an endless list of questions needing answers. 

The good news:  Someone else, just a phone call away, already knows the answer.
If you ask, they'll tell. 
Others Have Said 

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."--Dr. Seuss
 "Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers." -- Voltaire
The reason I talk to myself is that I'm the only one whose answers I accept."
 --  George Carlin


Back At The Barn

 Farmall Liz
Choosing a direction in tougher economic times is no easy task.
Worldwide economic problems, a U.S. Presidential Election and a general feeling of fear of the unknown has made the last few weeks anywhere from uncomfortable to massively depressing for many horsemen.
It's times like these when it makes sense to take advice from the aircraft pilot's troubleshooting guide.
"When the trouble indicator warning lights begin flashing, the first step is always to look out the window and see if you're still flying with an engine. 
If you're  moving forward on your own power, relax a bit, things might not be so bad."
 See you at the Certified Horsemanship Association's International Convention In Lexington, KY on October 30, 2008.
Kentucky Horsemen: I'll be in the Lexington and Bowling Green areas the week of October 27, 2008.  If you'd like to get together about your business, e-mail or call. 


cha intl convention Be Speaking In Lexington, KY at the Certified ctober 30, 2008.  

              Click here for the CHA details
Maureen Gallatin and I will be presenting an Equine Business Workshop in the morning of October 30 prior to the 12:00 start of the convention.  
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As mentioned in the article above, if you're searching for an answer for you business, help may be a phone call away. 
I offer a thirty minute phone call at no charge. 
E-mail me here about setting up a phone appointment. 
If I can be of help, I'll let you know how.  If not, I'll have suggestions for you for your next step.   The only thing that holds you from success is you.
Until next time,

Doug Emerson
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