How To Find Good Help In The Horse Business

This post is tongue-in-cheek as proposed, but don’t you wish you could include this True or False test on employment applications?
It’s normal to:

T/F show up late for work
T/F whine about how hard you work and how little you get paid
T/F quit without notice
T/F ignore the experience of coworkers
T/F feel sorry for yourself that starting at the top isn’t possible
T/F believe a lottery ticket is your answer to financial independence

Perfectionism vs. Law of Diminishing Returns

If you’re like most professional horsemen, you spend much of your day in a race with a clock to do the best job possible. Which is common with most business owners who strive to get more done in less time and desire to produce the best service and products possible.

Experience teaches speed and perfection don’t work well together, but you mistakenly assume you can help the two work out their relationship problems.

You aim for perfection:

When riding- the perfectly executed transition

When instructing- the perfectly taught lesson

When sweeping- the perfectly swept aisle

The pursuit of perfect is an admirable goal, but only when balanced with the constraint of time.

Like the law of diminishing returns in economics, after a point, the gain from extra time devoted to perfectionism returns diminishing benefits. And when time devoted to a task begins to produce smaller and smaller benefits, the profitable horseman asks a question.

With respect to the task at hand, am I at the point of good enough?

If the answer is yes, then move on. If no, then stay at it until the answer is yes.

“Good enough” is not a compromise of your values and goals. It’s a judgment of acceptable work completion to allow you to get more done in less time.

I could elaborate, but you get my point. I’m moving on.

You should too. Get your boots on and get to work.


Do You Overthink Your Sales Strategy?

On the subject of salesmanship, there is no question you are very smart. But it is questionable whether you are a mind reader.

When it comes to selling, don’t attempt to do prospects’ thinking for them. Chances are good you’ll come up with a long list of good reasons they’ll say no and that thought process not only contradicts your intelligence, it kills a sale every time.

How To Earn A Larger Profit In The Horse Business

You can stop looking for the magic wand to make more money in your horse business. There isn’t one.

There are two ways to earn more profit. 1. Sell more. 2. Spend less.

I suspect you’ve down an exceptional job at spending less. What are you going to do this week about number 1?

The 10,000 Hour Rule and Your Horse Business

The 10,000 Hour Rule and Your Horse Business

Internet news sites and social network chatter introduce an endless stream of seemingly overnight successes in the horse world. Gold medal Olympians, rodeo champions and prosperous hunter derby winners are often portrayed as abundantly gifted with talent and lucky individuals who enjoyed an effortless trip to the top.Of course the notion of an effortless trip to the top is fiction and reserved for the themes of daydreams. Just like the fictional character Roy Hobbs, real life “naturals” have their fair share of challenges and disappointments.

Author Malcom Gladwell wrote in his book, Outliers-The Story of Success, of a commonality of successful athletes, professionals and experts in any field.According to Gladwell and others, what they have in common is they all are examples of the 10,000 hour rule which says it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery. And that many hours of practice will generally take 10 years.

Your heroes, inspirations and role models did not achieve success overnight.Read their bios if you’re doubtful. They punched in ten thousand hours and more of real practice on their time cards to get where they are.

If you’re impatient for success and prosperity, have you put your 10,000 hours in on the things that count yet?

It’s time to pull those boots on and get to work.

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