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6 Words That Will Destroy Your Business

6 Words That Will Destroy Your Business

In the past ten days, I’ve spoken with three people that were looking for advice. They each were struggling with very different components of their marketing plan.

However, after hearing the individual problems at hand, the solution was very clear for each. So clear that I doubt any of them didn’t already know it.

So why were they calling me?

For two of them, I suspect, it’s because their boss told them “no” and they were looking for an alternative. Since the third person was the owner, I suspect he convinced himself that the answer should be “no.”

Are you intrigued? Why on earth would everyone be saying no?

It’s because of the six words that can destroy a business. I’ll share them in just a minute.

Do You Fear Change?

Yes, you do. Don’t worry, it’s not your fault. It’s hardwired into your brain. But this isn’t your biggest problem. It’s that you genuinely believe (at least subconsciously) that longevity = quality.

We all do.

A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology shows that people have a very real and palpable preference for things that have been around longer.

In one example (of many), study participants were given a piece of European chocolate.

Half were told its recipe originated 73 years ago, and others were told it originated three years ago. As you may have guessed the former group rated the chocolate as better-tasting.

So you see, change is more than simply accepting a different way of doing things. It’s about giving up something “old-that-works-well,” for something “new-and-therefore-lower-quality.”

Side Note: Does your website proclaim “established in 1979” or “25 years of service” or a similar phrase? If so then you’re actively playing on the perception that longevity equals quality.

Change or Die

“What if you were given that choice? For real…We’re talking actual life or death now.”

So starts a powerful article on fastcompany.com. The article continues, “Could you change…when it mattered most? Yes? You’re probably deluding yourself. You wouldn’t change. The scientifically studied odds: nine to one against you.”

It turns out that “change or die” is the ultimatum given to heart patients by their doctors. If they don’t make the necessary changes then they will die. And yet only 11% will change.

This underscores how resistant we are to change. But don’t lose hope. You can choose to be in the 11%. And you must. Because if you don’t allow change within your company, it will die.

These six words will be the end of your business

“We’ve Always Done It This Way.”

If you have said this recently, it’s time to take a hard look at your operations in today’s rapidly changing environment.

By no means am I suggesting you change for the sake of change. But you must work hard (and it is work) to always be open to new ideas.

As the leader of the company, I suggest you write this phrase down on a piece of paper, “if it ‘aint broke, fix it.” Keep it somewhere that you see often; on the dashboard of your truck, on your dresser, or even in the bathroom.

It’s a reminder that, “we’ve always done it this way” are six words that will destroy your business.

And if you’re one of the two marketing managers I spoke with this week, make sure you forward this post to your boss.

What about you?

Do you struggle with change? Do you say “we’ve always done it this way?” I look forward to hearing your stories in the comments below.


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