I was getting ready for work one morning and peered into my dog’s cage – as I always do – and something caught my attention. Something that I’ve seen a hundred times and never paid any mind. There they lay, sleeping soundly: one on a large bed, the other on a mish-mash of blankets and propping his head up with a small, hamburger pillow mashed between his gigantic paws. My two dogs, cozily asleep, held the key to why small business works!
Hear me out. Just because I get up at 4:00AM doesn’t mean this was a sleep-riddled thought of a brain struggling to work. I have two dogs. One is a medium sized yellow lab mix who occasionally responds to the name of Bran (that’s pronounced like Brawn). He’s about 45 pounds. The other is a small Rat Terrier and Chihuahua mix named Sceolan (pronounced Shkeeolan). He steps to the plate at a whopping 15 pounds. As you can probably guess, Sceolan gets the big bed; Bran gets the scraps. When Sceolan growls, Bran moves. When they wrestle, Sceolan wins. The only time Bran comes out on top is when I accidentally drop some food on the ground and he evolves into the Hungry, Hungry Hippo and swallows everything in his path. Some things just aren’t worth fighting for.
The point remains though. Sceolan embodies why a small business stand up to big business (or an entrenched competitor). Even in a difficult environment, the little guy can win. It just takes some grit and determination. Continue reading