A good friend of mine sold his business last year. He then set out on a journey
to buy another one. Finding the right one seemed to take forever. But that was
nothing compared to the work involved once he found the business he
For months and months he went back and forth with the owner of
the business for sale. He spent immense amounts of money on legal and accounting
fees. Every time they seemed close to closing the deal, something happened to
knock it out of bed.
And, every step of the way I reminded him of all the
warts this business had. I repeatedly asked him if he really wanted to do this.
Without hesitation, he always answered “yes”.
Finally, my friend and the
seller of this business reached an unlikely conclusion. They became business
partners! After failing time and again to find a buyout deal they both could
live with, the seller asked my friend to buy part of the business and take over
day to day management.
His reasoning was that my friend was so set on
buying the business, so persistent and unwavering, he figured it made sense to
have him as a partner. And it did. They came to a relatively quick agreement and
did the deal. (And I got a new client!)
Nobody would have guessed that
would be the outcome.
Yet, by trusting his intuition and sticking with
the process, my friend allowed the right outcome to happen. Even though it was a
result nobody had intended, it worked. Sometimes you get a much different
outcome than you planned. Often our objectives can be met in a variety of ways.
We don’t always know exactly what the solution will be.
And that’s okay.
In business, as in life, things happen for a reason. So, rather than getting
impatient or upset that we’re not getting what we planned, it’s often better to
trust the process and let things unfold as they will.
Have faith that
you will be able to meet your objectives one way or another. Just trust your
intuition along the way.