By Jacquie Winiecki
Oh, the joys of business advice! It seems like everyone and their mother has something to say about how to run a successful company. "Focus on your niche!" "Network, network, network!" "Hustle harder than everyone else!" Ugh…
Well, have no fear! I have a fresh perspective on business advice, and it comes from my trusty feline friends. That's right, the same creatures who spend half their lives sleeping and the other half knocking things off tables have actually taught me a thing or two about business.
Now, I know what you're thinking. "Cats? Really? What could they possibly teach me about business?" But hear me out. These critters are masters of agility, persistence, curiosity, and play. They know how to hunt down their prey, stretch their bodies to the limit, and never give up until they get what they want (even if it's just a piece of tuna).
My cats love to stretch after a long nap. That's not just because it feels good; it's also good for their health. Stretching can improve circulation, prevent injuries, and promote flexibility. The same goes for business. And no, I don't mean just stretching your limbs like my cats do. Although that would be a sight to see in a boardroom meeting. I mean stretching your boundaries and taking on challenges you never thought you could handle. Who knows, you might even surprise yourself and discover hidden skills you never knew existed. Just like my cats, you'll become more agile, more nimble, and more capable of adapting to any situation that comes your way. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but it will ultimately benefit you and your business.
Have you ever watched a cat try to catch a laser pointer? They don't give up easily, do they? Whether it's pursuing a toy or prey, cats are relentless in their pursuit. In business, it's important to have that same level of persistence. Don't give up on a goal or a project just because it's challenging. Keep pushing, keep trying, and eventually, you'll catch that elusive laser pointer. And trust me, catching that laser pointer is a great feeling. It's like winning the lottery or finding a dollar on the ground - except it's much harder and requires a lot more effort. But if my cats can do it, so can you! Just keep at it and don't let setbacks discourage you. Remember, the only way to truly fail is to give up. So keep chasing that laser pointer, I mean goal, and you'll get there eventually.
My cats are always nosing around, poking their noses into every nook and cranny, and knocking things over for no apparent reason. But you know what? We could all take a leaf out of their book. After all, in the world of business, it's the curious cat who catches the mouse...er, I mean, who succeeds!
Go forth, my curious cats! Explore, discover, and never stop learning.
Finally, let's not forget about the joy of play. Cats play not just to kill time, but also to sharpen their hunting and fighting skills. Sure, in the world of business, we tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of meetings, deadlines, and emails. But let's not forget the importance of play. Not only can it boost creativity and relieve stress, but it can also improve collaboration and teamwork. Embrace the joy of play, and watch your creativity soar. Who knows, you might just come up with the next big thing in your industry...or at the very least, have a good laugh and some fun with your team.
So there you have it. Five business lessons I learned from my cats. If you want to be a successful business owner, take some advice from my clawesome comrades and embrace the power of napping, persistence, stretching, curiosity, and play. And hey, if you want more unconventional business advice, why not subscribe to our newsletter? I promise I won't spam you with cat pictures (unless you want me to).
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