TGIF! Today Dan recaps the week, touches on an important topic missed yesterday, and shares a little story about WD-40. Even if you already know the story it is worth listening to again. Failure + failure = Success! Check out the website for more content www.bcbousa.com
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Hello and welcome to BCBO daily. It is, thank frigging goodness, Friday, May 21st, and I am your host Dan Murch. Back as we wrap up another fun-filled exciting extremely busy week. Filling your brains with some information and knowledge and hopefully ending the week on a high note. Before we get into today, let’s as always recap yesterday. So from a work perspective, just like most of my Thursdays, extremely busy, extremely productive, extremely rewarding.
As I said, in yesterday’s podcast, we got a lot of scheduling done. We ordered a ton of materials, set up a bunch of jobs, had to give some people answers that they didn’t want to hear, but they appreciated our honesty. And now we have an honest, realistic expectation set and an honest, realistic schedule set going forward. So that’s all really good stuff.
Somebody asked me why I didn’t mention Corey Kluber’s no hitter in yesterday morning’s podcast. The honest, simple answer is this. I am an old man and I am tired at the end of the day. My brain turns to jello and I am usually in bed right around nine o’clock. So I didn’t watch the game on Wednesday night. I didn’t see Kluber’s no hitter. Unfortunately, last time I checked the score before I went to bed it was still in the fourth inning, I believe. And yeah, obviously hadn’t given up any hits yet, but you don’t usually get too excited about no hitters in the fourth inning.
So anyway, I got up yesterday morning, went about my normal routine, et cetera, et cetera, recorded the podcast, put it out. Kept going. And the next thing you know, somebody asked me, Hey, did you see Kluber threw the no-hitter last night? And no, I hadn’t. So now since then, I’ve gone through and watched all the highlights and everything else like that and it’s awesome. Usually good things happen to the Yankees when a no hitter gets thrown, go back through time. I believe it was ’96 Gooden threw the no-hitter. Next thing you know, we win. I think the last one that was thrown prior to this was Cone in ’99. I’m pretty sure it was ’99 when he threw his perfect game, we won the world series.
Hopefully this is a good omen for good things to come. I have no idea why there’ve been so many no hitters this year in baseball. This is already the sixth, I believe and we’re not even through May yet. I think I saw say only two away from setting the record for most no hitters in a season. Again, we’re not even through May yet. So I think that a lot of it has to do with how the game has changed, right. Everybody’s either swinging for the fences or striking out. There’s a lot of all or nothing type situations in baseball and I think that’s leading to this kind of no hit run that we’ve been on. I mean, we had two in two days, somebody threw one earlier this week. I don’t even remember what team was for anymore, but it’s been crazy just one after another .All year batting averages are down across the entire league. It’s like the worst offensive numbers in the league since the late sixties, before they lowered the mound.
So anyway, Kluber pitched great. I love the way the pitching staff has been pitching since Sanchez came out of the starting lineup for the most part, and Higi has been put behind the plate. I think they probably just respond to him a little bit better and the framing pitches and whatever the case may be, they just feel more comfortable and you can see a noticeable difference. Whether that’ll carry through throughout the entire season I have no idea, but for now it is good. So congratulations to Corey Kluber and that’s all I wanted to say about that.
The other thing, this podcast as you can probably tell, is going to be a little bit all over the place today. Like I said, my brain is just jello at this point. It has been a really good week, but I’m really looking forward to getting through today. I have some really good stuff on my plate in terms of appointments that we have set and some things that I’m going to be taken care of, but I’m also really looking forward to ending the week and looking forward to the weekend. So one thing that I wanted to touch on for today, again I was listening to one my podcasts that I listened to, and one of them was talking about failure and the equation of failure plus failure equals success, which is something that I’ve brought up and Gina’s brought up when we do the tandem podcasts over and over again, you cannot have success without failure. It is impossible.
You need to fail. You need to learn lessons from them. You need to grow and learn as a person and as a company so that you can become successful. Nobody gets it right a hundred percent of the time and if that’s what you’re expecting from yourself, you’re setting yourself up for failure. You need to fail so that you can learn something from it. Don’t just keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That’s like the definition of insanity right? Accept that you’re going to fail and it’s going to be okay. So as you’re going through and you’re trying new things, trying new sales techniques, tryngi new organizational structure techniques in your office, whatever it is, just accept the fact that there’s going to be some failures along the way and learn from it and just move on.
Every time you fail just say, okay cool. Now I’m one step closer to being successful. Because I have this failure, I have this lesson that I can learn from it, and now I can apply it going forward. So I’m one step closer to reaching my goal, achieving my vision because I had this failure. I know that’s easier said than done, but it is really important. I hope everybody remembers it.
One little story that I want to share. At this point, I think it’s pretty common knowledge, but just in case it’s not if anybody doesn’t know why WD-40, that special, famous blue and yellow can, that everybody has in their garage or their basement that you use to fix just about everything in your house from bicycle chains to nuts and bolts or anything at all. Why it is called WD-40? It is because it took them 40 attempts to get it correct. WD-40 stands for water displacement. That’s the WD. And the 40 stands for that’s how many attempts it took them to get the formula right. They failed 39 times before they created WD-40, which is now, I don’t know how much money they could have possibly made off of this thing. Literally billions of dollars they’ve made off of it if I had to guess.
That’s just a quick little side story to remind people that failure’s okay and some really, really, really good things can come out of it. So don’t be afraid to try something new. Don’t be afraid to try to implement a new policy or implement a new strategy into your business. Just understand there’s going to be failure, but you’re getting yourself closer to your goals. So that’s it. That’s all I really wanted to go over today.
Again, my brain is all over the place, but I’m looking forward to today. I hope everybody else is too. I hope everybody had themselves a really good week. That they feel good about where they are as we head into Friday. As always, take the time today to set yourself up for next week. Go over your calendar, go over your reminders, make sure that you have everything organized before you wrap up for the day so that you start next week both feet on the ground, running and heading towards everything that you need to be heading towards.
For me, I have a nice relaxing weekend ahead of me. Then Monday, our new employee starts so that’s really exciting. Whenever you bring on a new employee, there’s excitement, there’s some headaches that come along with it, training, things that I do without even thinking now all of a sudden I have to think and explain them and all that kind of good stuff. But overall it’s a very rewarding and very exciting opportunity and experience, and I’m really looking forward to having her come on board and what it means for our company going forward.
That’s it guys. I hope everybody has themselves a great Friday and heads into the weekend and has themselves a great weekend, but let’s get through Friday first. Let’s go out there and let’s pay the rent on our success. Let’s get some things done. Let’s keep moving ourselves forward. Let’s keep asking ourselves that question – How would the person I want to be handle the thing I’m about to do? Keep pulling ourselves forward towards our goals, putting ourselves in that forward thinking mindset. Let’s put some positivity out into the world. I promise you, you will get some back. It proven it works. It it’s proven for me. I know it works. So you do it and it’ll work.
Just because it’s Friday doesn’t mean there’s not going to be problems because there are, but it’s going to be okay. Just keep reminding yourself of that. It’s going to be okay. You’re going to figure it out. Limit that negative self-talk. Be good to yourself and as you wrap up the week, wrap up your day as always make adjustments where you need to make adjustments but seek out and celebrate your successes. You guys had a hard week. We worked hard, we’re busy. We’re all busy. I can say that confidently that we’re all busy. That’s the state of the world right now. There were things that went wrong, but there were things that went right. So seek those out and celebrate yourself for them because you absolutely deserve them.
Go check out the website. That’s where you can get more content bcbousa.com. That’s where we have all the good good. I hope everybody has themselves an awesome weekend. Mine is going to be relaxing. There’s going to be some kind of event with a live band and food trucks and all sorts of stuff like that that I’m going to be heading out through this weekend and I think that’ll be fun. Again, get to be outside, which I always love and enjoy this beautiful weather. I hope everybody gets to do something that makes them happy and it makes them feel good and recharged and ready for next week. So have a great day, have a great weekend and we’ll talk on Monday.
Thank you for your time. Have a great day. Bye.