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Newsletter June 2008


Disher Courier Newsletter
Your Courier Source  June, 2008 
In This Issue
Did You Know?
Facing the Fear Factor
Mission Critical Deliveries At HB Disher
Toronto Summer Fun
DID YOU KNOW?
  • In 1927, H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, asked, "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" 
  • In 1936, Radio Times editor Rex Lambert thought "Television won't matter in your lifetime or mine."
  • On average, you speak almost 5,000 words a day - although almost 80% of speaking is self-talk (talking to yourself).
  • In 1954, a concert manager fired Elvis Presley, saying, "You ought to go back to driving a truck."
  • In 1962, Decca Records rejected the Beatles, "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
  • In 1943, Thomas Watson, the chairman of IBM forecast a world market for "maybe only five computers."



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Facing the Fear Factor

False Evidence Appearing Real

 Fear Factor

As small business owners, one of the most daunting obstacles to reaching our Biggest Vision for our small business is our very unique personal fears. Most of the time we don't even realize that we're deciding not to pursue a great opportunity or try something new or different in our business because of fear. We get locked into an idea of how we should market, sell, manage, or structure our day. We hesitate to change, and when we get mediocre or even poor results, we still refuse to abandon our approach.

I was always a very determined person (okay, stubborn!) who used to stick with an idea, strategy or plan, even if it felt like I was batting my head against a brick wall until it bled. This way of doing things is like continuing to head the wrong way on a one way street despite the signs that are telling you you're headed in the wrong direction. It was actually deep reflection on, of all things, a simple prayer called the Serenity Prayer (see below) that turned me around. Now, whenever I get that "running into a brick wall" feeling, I know this is a signal that I need to change direction.

Fear of change is a big vision buster. Recently I've run into several retail business owners who truly fear technology. Even though adding some simple technology solutions to their businesses could increase profit and put some functions on auto pilot, they are afraid that the change might temporarily disrupt business or that it would be too difficult for them to implement. They can come up with lots of unsubstantiated excuses why they shouldn't change the way they're doing things. Yet, they work hard and really would like to grow their businesses and have more free time. They don't recognize their hesitancy as fear, and try to camouflage it as a legitimate business decision. While clinging to outmoded or inefficient systems or strategies simply because you're afraid of change might maintain the status quo, it will ultimately block you from achieving your biggest goals.

Don't we all do this from time to time? I love the saying, "if you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got" so much, I think it's become my motto. Every time I start getting a headache from the brick wall I repeat it like a mantra.

Getting honest with yourself might hurt a little. After all, you might have to admit you made some decisions that didn't work out the way you'd hoped they would. So what! Big deal! It's a right of passage for seasoned entrepreneurs. Cut your losses and make some changes.

How do you know where fear is bogging you down. Sit comfortably in a quiet place for a few moments, close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes. Let the stress and worry of the day leave you. Now ask yourself:

* What is not working well in my small business?
* What could work better that I'm not addressing?
* What am I tolerating that needs to change?
* What is creating stress?
* What is draining my energy?
* What needs to get done that I keep putting off?

How would my small business look if it were just where I wanted it to be and what's different about it now?

* Where am I afraid to try something new?
* Where do my weaknesses affect my small business success?

Answer these questions honestly and you'll begin to understand where you may be holding yourself back from the most wonderful, fun, profitable business you have the potential to create.

The Serenity Prayer below helped me understand that when I pushed to change people or situations over which I had no control, I couldn't, but there were times when fear was stopping me from changing the things that I could. It's worth contemplating. For example, I never thought I'd be comfortable including a prayer in a business article, but I'm doing it! You've probably heard this many times: the letters in FEAR stand for "false evidence appearing real".

The Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

Take a calculated risk, try a different approach, reach outside your comfort zone, think outside the box. These are traits of a true entrepreneur.

Facing the Fear Factor - To learn more about this author, visit Janis Pettit's Website.


 

Mission Critical Deliveries At HB Disher 

Check the listings for any big city in North America and you're sure to find the listing for the courier companies that compete for your dollar. That applies for Canada as well as the United States and there aren't many bigger cities than Toronto anywhere where there's a huge need for a courier service. Still, selecting any courier service is a daunting task especially if you're not sure what you're looking for. When you make some careful comparisons, you'll be able to see that H&B Disher in Toronto is not only one of the best courier services around, but their Mission Critical Service is one of the best options that you'll find anywhere.
 
However, you need to go through a checklist as a business owner to select the right courier for you and one of the first things that you'll need to come to terms with is the kind of service that will best suit all of your needs. Remember that although it's not a problem to find a courier that will say that they ship anything, it's a bit more of a trick to find one that ships the particular item that you've got to ship. You need the company that you select to be as professional as
H&B Disher. Not every company that you come across in the industry will have a Mission Critical Service.
 
Fair enough, you say. But what is this service all about? First off, it's all about experience. You need a courier that's dealt with all the possibilities before and one that knows exactly what to do with any obstacle that comes in their path. You need a company like H&B Disher that's best suited to contracts that may involve storage and in house logistical solutions, as well as the constant communication that makes one company stand above the others. H&B Disher has been a forerunner in these kinds of solutions for a very long time and their reputation in the Greater Toronto area speaks for itself. 
 
Another test of a really good courier is one that's able to meet your needs and ship things across the country, border or even the ocean. That's one of the strong points of the whole
Mission Critical Service that's offered here. We're willing to go wherever it takes to make sure that they've got the most satisfied customers.
 
H&B Disher knows how fast the world is today. They know that most business needs to be completed in the blink of an eye so they have several other different solutions for your courier needs. 

Toronto Summer Fun  

 

Toronto has long been considered the jewel in the Canadian crown. The city by the shores of Lake Ontario has long been renowned for its multicultural mosaic that brings a special flavourto the place that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Toronto's first class shops and entertainment districts are second to none and their transportation system is one of the best anywhere in the world. But Toronto is a family city as well and like most other places in Canada, the people in Toronto pride themselves on the attractions that include the whole clan.

 

Toronto Summer FunTake the Canadian National Exhibition for instance. This is one of Toronto's biggest summer celebrations that includes a variety of things to do for everyone including an air show and midway complete with rides and sports, food and shopping for everyone in the family as well. One of the latest attractions that's sure to cause a stir is the bran new revamped equestrian show.

 

Toronto is also a city that takes great pride in all of its ethnic neighborhoods that stretch right across the city. To that end, Toronto is also one of the premiere places in North America where you can get a taste of many foods and cultures from all over the world without leaving the city. A good example of the kind of festival that's put Toronto on the map is the Oakville Waterfront Festival. It's been rated time and time again as one of the top fifty festivals in Ontario and it's no wonder since this event offers concerts, fireworks, a dog show and a host of other attractions that's sure to catch the fancy of everyone in the family.

 

Don't forget if you're planning a trip there that Toronto has many great outdoor activities as well for the whole family to enjoy and cycling is at the top of that list. To that end, the people who work for the tourism department there have put together a list of all the great trails and parks where you can ride and enjoy the scenery.

 

One of the other things that you'll want to see on any trip to Toronto is one of the city landmarks called The CN Tower. Often called Canada's national tower, this is the city landmark that defines the Toronto skyline. In addition there are other venues that are available at this first class establishment that boasts restaurants and an observation deck in the new meeting rooms. These are completely flexible and have been completely revamped and are adjacent to the 144 seat Maple Leaf Cinema. More than just a landmark that people associate with Toronto, the CN Tower prides itself in being the best in a modern facility that can service all yourfamily or business needs.    


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