Monday, April 4, 2016

What are you doing to make a change?

Linda Darby-Dowers,
Chief Executive Officer
"There was a young man walking down the street who happened to see an old man sitting on his porch. Next to the old man was his dog, who was whining and whimpering. The young man asked the old man, “What’s wrong with your dog?” The old man said, “He’s lying on a nail.” The young man asked, “Laying on a nail? Well, why doesn’t he get up?” The old man then replied, “It’s not hurting him bad enough.””

I recently came across this story by Les Brown, professional speaker and author of Live Your Dreams, and it really got me thinking. How often do we talk about wanting to change, but continue to do the same thing over and over again? The same applies to a majority of us in the funeral industry. We know there are ways we can improve our companies, but we are so comfortable in the way we have always done things, we don’t want to change.

The dog in this story preferred to whimper and whine about the nail being stuck in his side, rather than moving and being more comfortable. When you are faced with a problem that needs fixing, are you going to moan, groan and complain? Or are you going to wake up, get up and make a change? It’s your choice, do something about it.

This article originally appeared in Trigard Tuesdays, our weekly electronic newsletter featuring information for the funeral industry. Sign up for your free subscription at

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