There’s an old saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. But is it the smartest?

Do you watch your peers but gripe about why their businesses are not doing well?

Here are my five favorites….

1)  “The best practices of my industry demonstrate how out of touch my business is. But I rely on them because there’s no alternative.”

2)  “My industry is in the dumpster, I’ve talked to all my friends are in the industry but their businesses are not doing any better.”

3)  “I’m waiting for the elections because I’m not comfortable with where the government is going.”

4) “My customers are buying less from me, so how can I do better if they aren’t?”

5) “That’s not what we do!”

When we read these reasons and roll our eyes, the question, of course is, what can we do in our businesses so others don’t roll their eyes at us?

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