(Mondays are Lynn Miles Peisker days at The Daily Blur. Lynn serves as the Executive Sister and Chief Plate Spinner at the Imagination Advisory Group. Check out her growing archive of posts here.)
Our dear grandmother lived to be 100 years old. She was full of wisdom and made the best rhubarb pie, like ever. Days spent at her house were always special. She made household chores and cooking meals seem like summer camp.
Grandma June was a school teacher and she often was able to convey some pretty serious information choosing few words with great impact. She was a phenomenal letter writer and was famous for her sayings. Grandma’s most familiar call to action was used to rally the troops to chores – “Many hands make light work!”
Perhaps you are familiar with some of these timeless expressions of truth:
“Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.”
“Look before you leap.”
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
“Don’t put the cart before the horse.”
That last one always gives me pause. I’m a girl who likes to fast forward to see how a movie ends. I’ll read the last chapter of a book before I’ve finished the book. To me, SPOILER ALERT, means “read me now.” I’m always rushing ahead.
We’ve started noticing that small businesses do that too. Starting at the last step instead of the first. Focusing on the end instead of the means. Putting the cart before the horse.
My brother Tim recently had quite a revelation about this. It was born in a humble pancake house and he first shared it with Deidre and me in my basement a couple of weeks ago. It looks a lot like the image below. Stay tuned to the Daily Blur, because he’s going to tell you all about it in the days ahead, so I don’t want to reveal too much.
That would be putting the cart before the horse, now wouldn’t it?!