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Creative Shop Talk with Wendy Batten

Oct 24, 2022

Show Notes 


My Dad is considered a retail guru. He was a leasing and mall manager for many years and used to speak at educational events in North America. One of his standard speeches was about The Karate Kid. I know right? What? 


As I asked for more details about how The Karate Kid applied to business, I got a GREAT answer that I think you’ll love!


First, we all start out as enthusiastic beginners like Daniel. We have all the heart, hustle, and passion for every aspect of our business. 


Second, we become disillusioned. We start to realize that some tasks are not as fun as others. Just like Daniel, as he works through all of the boring basics. But he’s invested in a coach, Mr. Miyagi.


Then… it's practice, practice, practice. Over and over - refine and optimize.
Wax on, wax off. Over and over. 


And lastly, at the end of the movie, Daniel is equipped with the essential fundamentals. So much so that he’s able to overcome obstacles. Because they come easy, because he’s practiced. Just like retailers! When we have the basics set in place and we practice them every day, we’ve built up a great skill set to lead us to success. Refinement takes time and practice. 


So, my friends - “Wax on, wax off. Wax on, wax off.” - Mr. Miyagi


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