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One giant leap for mankind

 Published on: 23rd February 2017   |   By: Nik Allen

When Neil Armstrong took man’s first steps on the moon he described it memorably as ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’.

I had my own great leap forward last week. Albeit wasn’t thousands of miles above earth but in my apartment.

I’ll set the scene. I’m totally useless at DIY.

I only know one other man who is as less practical than me. The pair of us once tried to fit a fridge under a cupboard with predictably calamitous results.

Laurel and Hardy would have done a better job!

Anyway last week having bought a drawer set from IKEA I got sick of it looking at the boxes sitting there in my lounge and decided to take drastic action.

Usually I would have called in a handyman but this time round I thought ‘Sod it, I’m going to have a bash at it.’

I laid out all the pieces, made sure I had the right tools, took time to look at the instructions and three hours later I was standing proudly next to my newly assembled piece of furniture.

I actually sort of enjoyed it.

Often the limits we have are self set. I’ve always thought I was terrible at anything practical – turns out that I’m not that bad when I put my mind to it.

I see this self limiting approach on a regular basis in my business life.

Running My Local News means I’ve met hundreds of small business owners over the years.

Some have had great ideas but never took that great leap of faith by really going for it. These businesses usually plateau.

Others have had the confidence (or maybe it should be called courage) to roll up their sleeves and go for it. That could be whether it’s employing more staff, opening a new office or investing in a big advertising campaign.

These tend to be the business owners who build successful companies.

It reminds me of that Henry Ford quote ‘If you think you can or think you can’t, your right.’

Even when it comes to the challenges of self assembly furniture.

Thanks for reading,



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