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Mary Poppins' Words of Wisdom for Small Business Owners

For more than 15 years, I owned a publishing firm. Of all the lessons I learned during that time, two were essential. One is that publishing is about deadline after deadline. The other is that you can...

For more than 15 years, I owned a publishing firm. Of all the lessons I learned during that time, two were essential. One is that publishing is about deadline after deadline. The other is that you cannot be perfect.

When I began the company, I had no experience whatsoever in publishing. But for some reason, I knew I could make a go of it, and I am glad to say that I did. But much of my success -- or more so my sanity -- came from the wise words of my mentor. I had told her about the frustration I was having as deadlines approached. She responded by telling me to always remember Mary Poppins' advice, "Be practically perfect in every way." No matter how perfect I wanted a magazine or book to be, I knew that there would always be something that I would have liked to have done differently. But as Mary advised, I had to be practical about it.

I looked at things in a different light from that point. I still tried to have things as perfect as possible, but I remembered to be practical in my quest for perfection.

Now, as a speaker, author, and coach, I advise self-employed professionals and small business owners to be practical, telling them they do not have to wait for perfection before implementing a strategy or idea. Learning-by-doing is the only way to move toward the elusive target of perfection and trial and error are splendid teachers.

If you are waiting for perfection before launching a projectFree Articles, think about Mary Poppins and her words of wisdom. They are simply perfect.

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As a speaker, author, and coach, Peter George helps self-employed professionals achieve the success they've been striving for. His More Clients More Profits Workbook includes contributions from van Misner, Bob Burg, Susan Roane, Scott Ginsberg & others. Want to attract more clients now? Claim your free copy of "101 Ways to Attract More Clients" at =>MoreClientsMoreProfits.com



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