Musing On A New Client

The elites are having their bonfire of the vanities on full display- Harvey, Paddock, Take A Knee, Pwerto Reeco and so on.

While the bubble bubbles, another business owner asked for help, so I went to see if I could assist a glazier, bleeding cash.

I get to live in a different world, where real folks do real things and try to build a business despite the sound and fury from the media.

All the noise just fades away and I see people worried about their life’s work slipping away, wondering how they got where they are.

I listen, ask a few questions, listen more and decide I just might be more good than harm in this particular case.

It all comes down to trust. So the guy I just met, after being listened to, hearing a few points and a two sentence description of what I do, hands me a check for the initial retainer.

A handshake occurs, invoking a contract to provide the best I can do to help him hold em, fold em or double down.

There is something seriously tribal in the process, something lacking from the large organizations I spent years honing the steel and then dulling it on the miasma of inertia.

Damn, it sure is fun to be alive and living amongst the deplorable.

 

TKC1101

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Curmudgeon (Reserve Status), Corporate Refugee, Proud Grandfather, Small Business Advisor and Salvage, Heinlein American
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10 Responses to Musing On A New Client

  1. 10 Cents10 Cents says:

    TKC, it is always good to see people making things. At the end of their day they have something to look at.

    Do you ever get tired of seeing the same mistakes? (Especially when they live in denial.)

  2. TKC1101TKC1101 says:

    The mistakes are not the same to the people who made them. What keeps me going and fresh is seeing a new person deal with it.

    And my check is large enough to end denial. Another service I provide.

    • 10 Cents10 Cents says:

      Do people think you are a genius for spouting common sense for a big fee?

      “You mean I can make more money by not selling things no one wants.”

      • TKC1101TKC1101 says:

        I have never been accused of genius. I will, however, impart some uncommon sense , at least a dime’s worth in response.

        Most all decisions people make are based on emotion, and that includes business, and especially businesses people have built themselves.

        What I do is far more akin to helping owners see through the emotional veil they have surrounding their own creation, to look at it with fresh eyes.

        I bring not ‘common sense’ but separation and detachment.

        It is a difficult process, especially since the person needs to emerge whole and wiser on the other side.

        An aside: The fees are set to be large enough to cause seriousness on their part and still not disrupt the survivability of the business.

        End response.

        • 10 Cents10 Cents says:

          I have found the “beam in the eye” phenomenon. The smart and intelligent person sees mistakes in others but as you say because of emotion they don’t see clearly their own business.

          It must be humbling for these people to realize they need you. Their methods were not enough.

          • TKC1101TKC1101 says:

            Most of the folks I deal with have been in the fray for twenty years or more. What used to work great does not anymore.

            By the time they are talking to a guy like me, they have thrown pride overboard. If they have not, I usually do not engage.

            Life is too short to take their money and have them not listen.

  3. AdministratorAdministrator says:

    Step one: Get yourself a box.

  4. NandaNanda says:

    Glad you’re there aiding them, TKC…

    • TKC1101TKC1101 says:

      The Red Headed Irish Wisecracker keeps bugging me to retire and the calls keep coming in. One day, I shall not answer, for life is short.

      I need a sidekick who can take over the batcave…Son In Law might qualify…

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