You can drown in only a few inches of water. All it would take is you slipping and falling face first in the shower or on the street full of water and passing out for just a minute or two. One small accident that no one helps you out of. Business is the same way. If you don't surround yourself with other smart business people who will continue to challenge your strategy, help you improve your goals, keep you on track, ethical and down to earth your company could drown. Businesses don't necessarily drown in water, unless their is a flood. Businesses down because of a lack of business savvy, motivation, dedication or because the cash flow dries up.
If you don't have the technical skills or training to stay afloat, you may drown. In water you may be able to figure out how to doggy paddle on your own, but generally someone teaches you how to swim. In business you may figure out some things on your own, but you'll reach the other side of the pool a lot faster if an instructor teaches you the best techniques. Their is always at least two paths if not more: the right way, the wrong way, and the off beaten path innovative way. You wont know what the right, wrong or improved way could be unless you learn what the first two are. Generally rules for business are in place for a reason, someone else got burned and implemented those rules to protect you or the business. Like don't run around the pool deck or don't talk bad about your boss on Twitter. Both seem obvious to me, but to someone else they may not seem so obvious.
Savvy? What say you?
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