Are Tolerations Keeping Your Business Hobbled?

Douglas Emerson Profitable Horseman


Profitable Horseman Newsletter 


19, 2010

Could Carve a Roast With a Jack-knife, 

Would You?

not, for these and more reasons:

1.       It takes too long

2.       The roast slices would
be small and chunky and  unappetizing

3.       The knife blade, not
designed for slicing meat, could easily slip and cut you

plain words, it's unwise and not something you'd want to
Tolerations in business, however, aren't always as easily

an example, my aging laptop had gradually slowed in its ability to
process and load information on the screen.  I was aware of the
reduced operating speed, but chose to live with it as opposed to
spending the energy  to buy a new computer and transfer all of the
files and programs.

was no surprise when a failing screen on the laptop forced my decision
to invest in a replacement.  The file transfer process was
painful, granted, but the end result was well worth it-a lightning fast
processor, tons of RAM and storage and updated software.   My
toleration of  the old laptop's inadequacies had been
costing me money and time due to its logy pace. The inner voice I had
been ignoring shouted, "I told you so!"

reasons why we allow tolerations are as plentiful as horse flies in
But, it's safe to say no matter how good the reasons, tolerations are
always costly financially or emotionally.

about your business, are you or your employees tolerating situations that
cost time and money similar to my aging laptop?


may have these tolerations draining time from your business daily:

The plastic shavings
pitchfork is missing more teeth than Great Grandpa


The wheelbarrow with
the slow leaking tire


A tractor with a dead
battery (a Diehard, that did, long ago)

 temporary baling twine fence repairs

A precarious manure
pile board  ramp that would be envied by Rube Goldberg

Scarcity of lead ropes
without knots or broken snaps

Sliding doors that only
slide when opened with a steel pry bar

Brooms so worn and
tattered even a witch wouldn't ride it

Switches that only
perform after the right magic "jiggle"

Mountains of tack to
clean with no convenient soap, sponges and warm water for hundreds of

A leaky fifty foot hose
intended for a job sixty feet away


yet, keep in mind what you will tolerate for tools and working
conditions may be far greater than what employees will tolerate. 

there are many hard working Generation Y  youth, this age group is
strongly conditioned to a throw-away society mentality.  If
it's broken, buy a new one

means workers in this age group will not be tolerating broken
tools and equipment.  If you're a duct tape repairman, you may be
wasting what you think you're saving with additional labor expense.

one enjoys working with "make-do" tools and equipment.

your employees happy and productive with functional, efficient tools
and equipment.  Their success at their jobs is crucial for your
business's success.



Others Have Said 

"Let's define tolerations as things that bug us, sap our energy,
and could be eliminated!  There's a small payoff to carrying
tolerations – you get to feel kind of noble about your burdens and your
forbearance. But, believe me, it's a very expensive source of

Tolerations are
holes in your personal success cup; they drain away your contentment
and good fortune.  They drain YOU.  They make you feel less
attractive to yourself.

Tolerations often
represent compromises you've talked yourself into."



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Back At The Barn

barn windowBecause cold temperatures kept a continuous snow cover for
most of winter in my neighborhood, mud was actually a welcome sight
last week when our winter melt-down started. Snow, in the last weeks of
winter, fits into the category of "weather tolerations."

Just like weather, indoor riding arena birds are another farm

Many folks have a permanent bird colony like we do.  For me, most
of the time, their chatter is "white noise" in the
background.  In spring however, I can't seem to tune out their
incessant birdspeak.

In desperation the other day, I shouted SHUT-UP at the top of my
lungs at the squawking birds.

Just like demanding that your congressman lower taxes, it sure felt
good, but got no action.


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I work with
professional horsemen and women struggling with the business half of
the horse business.

If your business is in need of a spring tune up, contact me about how I
can help.

Until next time,



Profitable Horseman


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