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Saturday, June 20, 2009 18:40 | Eric Harrington

Reading some of your comments gave me an interesting idea. 

Pick one of the SWOT catagories and share how it relates to your job.

Ill go first.  ;-)

Weakness - Rejection.  As some of you know, myself and two other guys quit our jobs and started a couple of new companies mid last year.  TeamSupport.com and ApprovalTrack.com.  The coding is done and we went live in Jan 2009.  As a startup (or any small business), you wear a lot of hats.  A few of my hats are sales and marketing - although that it not my background. 

I am not used to talking to someone, explaing what great solutions I have to offer and then being told "no thanks" - or even worse, no reply at all!  I deal with rejection much better now but a few months ago, someone telling me no or ignoring me when I am trying my hardest to generate interest and revenue would almost ruin my entire day. 

I realized by being honest with myself and performing a SWOT analysis on myself, I had to get over this weakness quick - because as we all know, they wont all say "yes".

How about the rest of you learners?

Comments

  • Monday, June 22, 2009 22:13 | Chris Thayer
    Hello Eric,
    And hello Texas! It is amazing how connected the world is via the internet. I got a kick out of you saying you aren’t a morning person and yet you survived the early mornings in the Marine Corps. I also appreciated your honesty about rejection in the SWOT analysis (Strength, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats). In sales, hearing no does get easier but it makes you appreciate the power of networking and why it is so important. Thank you for including your website addresses. Your websites look great! I am learning about e-business and its advantages in school.

    I loved what you said about your first orientation with Albert in the 90’s in the Marine Corps - “Little did I know at the time that these values would help shape and mold my professional life as well as make me a better husband and dad.” That’s terrific. Albert is an amazing mentor and has such dedication and vision. We are all better for knowing him. I am grateful to learn from him through volunteering for SWVBRC but I must admit, sometimes he makes my head spin, even though I am learning a lot.

    Take care Eric and I look forward to reading more from you. Say hello to the other two Texas Learners, Mike and Frank. God Bless, chris
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    • Tuesday, June 23, 2009 03:14 | Eric Harrington
      Thanks Chris. What school do you attend?
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      • Saturday, July 04, 2009 13:53 | Chris Thayer
        Hi Eric, Sorry for the delay in answering you. I am attending an online accredited school called Ashford University. I am working on a Master's in business so I too can have my own business and hopefully make a better income. I am learning from all of you too!
        All the best, chris
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  • Wednesday, June 24, 2009 16:12 | Frances Lowe
    Eric,
    I admire your strength! To take a leap of faith and make a new start like that is awesome and I wish you all the best. I know you will do well because you obviously have what it takes to make things happen and won't let anything stand in your way. I will be watching and look forward to hearing more very soon.
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  • Sunday, October 18, 2009 07:46 | Carol Grice
    Dear Eric,
    As a learner, my only advice is to keep trying. Just because fate doesn't deal you the right cards, it doesn't mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential. "Les Brown"
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  • Thursday, January 21, 2010 02:13 | Jami Price
    Hello Chris! How are you doing with your weakness? Have you gotten over it? Has another one taken its place? How is your business doing with the economy? Good Luck! I hope that things are going better for you!
    Jami Price
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