Manufacture Your Day by DEMONSTRATING COMMITMENT
The dictionary says that commitment is the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.
The people who follow me for a while may know that I have been very committed to serving the people in the manufacturing industry.
It hasn’t been an easy journey.
When I was one of the employees who were “restructured” at the end of 2006, Magna had hired the outplacement company Knightsbridge and I took advantage of their services. I won’t forget that one of their employees told me, “You want to start your own business? How? Your English isn’t very good and 3 years in Canada is not enough Canadian experience. Don’t you know that 4 out of 5 business fail?”
No, I didn’t know that and I answered that I was determined to be that 5th company.
After I started my business in 2007 a fellow small business owner said to me, “Really, you want to be a trainer and a corporate coach for manufacturing companies in the Toronto area? Good luck because the manufacturing industry is dying. I guess if you can survive here, you can survive everywhere in the world.”
After “surviving” 5 years in business my vision turned into serving the manufacturing industry internationally. That’s when a “business advisor” told me, “You think you can be an international trainer and coach? You cannot even get enough clients to grow your business in your own backyard.”
Once again, nice words of encouragement.
After almost 12 years in business (with international clients) I would say that commitment, persistence and determination are good attributes to have. May it be in my marriage, in my business or in my athletic endeavours, I am committed to get positive and long-lasting results.
My two cents for what it’s worth: Surround yourself with people who believe in you, support you and encourage you, and forget all the naysayers.
Make sure to watch the following video as a source of inspiration: