Here are three things you absolutely, positively need to know
about making money with horses.
1. Get over it!
2. Stay over it!
3. It’s a job, just like any other job.
We all make mistakes. In fact, the most successful business
executives make the wrong call 7 out of 10 times. Seventy per
cent of the time what they decide to do is a mistake.
How can they possibly stay successful? They “get over
Getting over it means not dwelling on the mistake, but taking
action to correct the mistake, or taking a new direction, or
trying a new marketing approach, or simply setting up a system
to keep the mistake from happening again. They get over it!
Too often we don’t get over the mistake and we spend a
lot to time thinking about the mistake, or working to not make
another mistake. That’s a mistake; if you do that (and
most of us do) stop doing it and “get over it.”
Instead of thinking about the mistake, think about how you can
be a better marketer, provide better service or improve your
Mistakes aren’t the only unpleasant things that happen
in business. You are going to be slighted by customers, miss
out on a great opportunity, fail to get the appreciation you
deserve from peers or partners, and lose business to someone
or something which isn’t nearly as good as you or your
Get over it! That’s just the way it is.
And once you understand that that’s the way it is, you
can accept the next challenge---stay over it!
One of the greatest energy and time wasters experienced in business
is constantly thinking of the mistakes we’ve made, or
the unpleasant things that have happened to us. We focus on
them, examine them from a hundred different angles, go over
and over and over what happened and try to imagine what would
have been had we not made the mistake, or had the unfortunate
You were supposed to “get over it.” So don’t
reinvent it, revive it, give it time and attention it doesn’t
deserve. If you get over it, stay over it.
Believe it or not, most people won’t know you make a mistake,
and if they do, they won’t care.
You’re going to know you made the mistake because it will
show up in lost sales, a decline in income, costly repairs,
or inventory which isn’t moving. You’ll know, but
few others will ever know…so get over it.
If someone else learns of your mistake (and they weren’t
directly affected by it) they won’t care one iota. If
they know of the mistake and were affected by it, you can correct
it with them, and then get over it.
You may think you are the focus of the world’s attention…but
Get over it and stay over it.
Making money with horses is a full time job, just like any other
Anyone who says you can’t make money with horses simply
doesn’t know what he or she is talking about, and has
probably never applied himself or he rself to the task. (check
out www.equinestudiesinstitute.blogspot.com to follow the progress
of a “project horse”.)
The vast majority of horse owners are pet owners. They have
horses for enjoyment. They never intended to make money and
they make no effort to make money. When they need to sell a
horse they lose money because they “need” to sell
a horse. That’s a lot different than being in business
to make money with horses.
If you have a job that pays you a living wage, you work at it
40 hours a week or more. You start at a certain time, go through
a certain routine, produce a certain amount of product or service.
You’re serious about it, because it’s your job.
If you want to make money with horses, then you have to treat
it as a full time job because that’s what it is. Get serious!
You wouldn’t go into any business if you didn’t
know a lot about it, or were willing to learn. You’d go
to college or apprentice with someone, or get some on-the-job
training. The same is true to making money with horses…go
to college, get credentials, apprentice with someone.
Being successful at anything is a full-time job.
If you’ve tried to make money with horses and it hasn’t
worked out, here’s some advice: get over it, stay over
it…it’s a full-time job.
Don Blazer teaches The Business of Making Money With Horses
for the www.
HorseCoursesOnline.com degree and certification programs.