As cleaning business owners who read my blog regularly know, 2013 marks the 20 year anniversary of the founding of my company A-1 Janitorial Services in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If you are working in your cleaning service business, trying to grow your company, get new cleaning accounts and improve your cleaning business, you know how isolating it can sometimes feel to be self-employed. Whether you’ve started your company from scratch like I did or purchased a franchise, being “the boss” is not all the fun and games you may have initially thought.
This week, I’d like to share an inspirational video about a man who started from a place of hopelessness and accomplished what he could only partially imagine might be possible. In my office I have plaques, notes, cards and saying of every size and shape that help me to stay hopeful and optimistic. I hope this video helps you stay inspired and willing to keep trying.
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Over the last 20 years, there have been some dark days and weeks and many disappointments over lost contracts and missed opportunities, employee failures, equipment failures and the failures of many ideas and initiative that seemed great at the time. Yet, the thing that has kept me going is an unwavering belief in my ability to succeed, to pick myself up and try again, and the knowledge that others have overcome more difficult journeys than my own. Believe it or not, the times that are the most painful are the times when the learning opportunity is the greatest – if we use the pain to see a bigger picture.
Failure is a natural part of any learning, growth, innovation or success. Use your failures to learn more about what needs refining, what you can do differently, or how you can adapt the failure to bring you closer to your goal. The desire to improve your cleaning business will lead you to the success you desire if you stay focused, commit to continuous learning, dedicate yourself to excellence and service, and make sure to have fun along the way. My 20 years is a testament to that.
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