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Business Success Without The Blindfold

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Vision is the first critical element in business success. 
Vision gives a clear picture of what you intend your business to 
accomplish. Without vision, you simply don't know where you're 
going.   Hard work and perseverance cannot replace a clear 

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Business Success Without The Blindfold
Copyright © 2006 Kalinda Rose Stevenson
No Money Limits

"Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, 
passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to 
completion."  ---  Jack Welch

Vision is the first critical element in business success. 
Vision gives a clear picture of what you intend your business to 
accomplish. Without vision, you simply don't know where you're 
going.   Hard work and perseverance cannot replace a clear 

It is something like the experience I had at a wilderness camp in 
the Canadian Rockies.  About twenty of us were blindfolded and 
led to a maze in the woods.  The maze was laid out with ropes 
strung together, from tree to tree.   The terrain was uneven, 
with bumps and hollows in the ground.  The ropes ranged from a 
foot to three or four feet off the ground.  Our objective was to 
ring a bell somewhere in the course.

I know that I retraced my steps more than once, coming to a place 
where the ropes met at a forty-five degree angle, or where a rope 
ended at a tree.  I knew I had come to that same corner before, 
touched that same tree before.  Then I would turn around and go 
back, trying to find my way without being able to see. 
Throughout the course, I met others, our hands touching on the 
ropes as we groped in darkness along the rope maze.

Meanwhile, I could hear the bell ring at least three times.  That 
meant at least three of the participants managed to find their 
way.  One time the bell rang, I knew I was close.  I could tell 
the direction of the sound, but somehow, I got off track again. 
I didn't find the bell.  Most of us didn't.

I did persevere.   I didn't give up, even as began to feel 
frustrated that I couldn't get out of the maze.  I kept trying to 
find my way, back and forth and up and down along the ropes, but 
I couldn't find my way with my eyes covered.

After we took off our blindfolds, the bell was clear enough. 
With the blindfolds, most of us couldn't find it.   All of our 
effort was wasted effort.

I'm not sure what lesson the wilderness camp leaders intended us 
to gain from the experience on that day.   But as a metaphor for 
doing business, the experience is a powerful object lesson of 
what happens when you set out to accomplish something without 
being able to see where we were going.

We had no vision.  We were supposed to find a bell somewhere, 
without having a clear vision of where the bell was.   One of 
the participants who finally did ring the bell said that he had 
missed the bell even when he had found the right tree.  He hadn't 
reached high enough up the tree trunk to find the bell.

The whole process is something like going into business to 
achieve "success."  There is no clarity of vision in such 
language. What does "success" look like?  Will you know if when 
you find it?  Where is it?  Without a vision, you can work hard, 
struggle, come close without knowing it, and never reach your 

The word "business" is directly related to the word "busy."  
Both mean "care," "anxiety," and "being occupied."   This is 
a good description of my experience of the rope maze.  I have 
no idea how long we were on the ropes course.  It seemed like 
an eternity.   I know I was very busy, continually moving, 
continually working, continually trying to find my way, going 
over the same ground again and again without ever reaching my 
objective.  I was busy, but my busy-ness was not effective.

Perseverance in the wrong direction is simply wasted effort. 
Without a clear vision of where you are going, you can get far 
off track, still working hard, and never accomplish much of 

The trap of being doing business without a clear vision of where 
you are going is that you simply become busy.  Being busy is no 
substitute for doing the real work of your business.

Kalinda Rose Stevenson, Ph.D.
Author of "No Money Limits For Real Estate Investors:  
Discover The Money-Making Secret In The Monopoly Game That 
Will Turn Your Money Struggles Into Money Abundance"



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