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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 2:39 pm    Post subject: Steve reports a shift in business goals: Reply with quote

"Through attending and assisting at his workshops I have been inspired to finally pursue a solid direction in my woodworking business. Many years ago my stated business goal was to provide preservation and restoration carpentry services to owners of older and historical buildings. However, throughout the years, I have wandered from those goals finding myself deeply frustrated. It wasn't until after attending John Leeke's "Business Side of Preservation Workshop" that a major turning point occurred. His workshop provided the motivation to finally create a mission statement, restate my original goals and then pursue those goals with confidence. John's offering of an assistantship at his workshops added the passion and inspiration needed to ensure obtaining those goals."

-- Steven Swiat, Northwood Custom Shop , Cambria, NY
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 9:12 pm    Post subject: I DID IT! Reply with quote

I finally did it! I turned down what appeared to be a good prospect for a custom wall unit entertainment center since it did not fit in with my business plan and success goals.

The other day a gentleman stopped by the shop looking for a custom wall unit to be built. He appeared very willing to pay as he has been looking for quite some time. He found the design of what he liked when in Montreal but would rather have a local shop do it. He was a very well dressed businessman with a very nice car. He also lived in a more upscale neighborhood so...I advised him that I no longer do what he was looking for...and as I learned in the workshop, if you can't (or don't) do it, help the customer find someone who can. I gave him the contact name of an outstanding cabinetmaker in the area. I also called the cabinetmaker to give him the customer name and information. Hopefully I helped both.

Six months ago, prior to the business workshop, I would of jumped on this in a heartbeat and once again strayed from what I am doing now finding myself frustrated for some unknown reason. It was a nice feeling to say no. I still have the gentlemans information and occasionally the urge comes to call and try to get this one...but that urge passes when I review my business plan. Thank you John!
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