Have you ever heard or read the story about The Snail and the Jellyfish? This story was part of the gospel teaching last Sunday. Although I had listened to the story many times, it seems like it hit home more so now than ever before.
Here is a quick summary if you are not familiar with it. The story starts when a jellyfish happens to come upon a young snail and swallows it. The young snail has a hard shell which the jellyfish cannot digest. The snail then attaches itself to the inside of the jellyfish. While there, that snail starts eating from the inside of the jellyfish. Once this tiny snail is fully grown, it has consumed the entire jellyfish from the inside out!
Once we got home, I reflected on the sermon for a couple of hours. Thinking about how many people today have a “snail” growing inside of them. Our world has been turned upside down. Many challenges that most of us have never had to face before are front and center. I asked myself, “Do I have a snail-eating me from the inside out? Could it be fear, depression, insecurity, worrying, or even anger? What about unforgiveness? Could that be destroying me from the inside out?”
The answers came quickly. No, none of those are living inside of me. Saying this with confidence comes from doing massive research, leaving no stones unturned.
Now, how does this all relate to business? It connects in every aspect of a business. We, as business owners, can’t have that “snail” living inside of us unless we want to implode. Holding on to any of the problems mentioned above or others not mentioned is a recipe for disaster. All of those will wear us down.
So, what do we do to go forward without that snail-eating away at us? We must first recognize, address, then conquer each of those “snails.”
Most business owners use different techniques to deal with their issues. There is the “fake it until you make it” attitude, which is challenging at times within itself. Having a great attitude, being willing to consider alternatives, and a willingness to try new processes will propel a business to reach a level of success that most only dream to be possible.
I am a firm believer that passion and perseverance are two attributes that help steer any business in the right direction. First, being passionate allows for 100% focus and the desire to learn everything connected to the company/business. Perseverance is the glue that allows a business the time needed to come to a fully operational entity that can stand on its own. The time also provides for redirection when required.