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Today I want to talk to you about a business lesson I was able to extract from the summer we've just had here in Quebec, Canada. And that is, we had an unpredictable summer, also known as a very rainy summer. Honestly, it rained every single day, I think. I've never seen that. And as a result, instead of having dried yellow patches of grass on my lawn, I had mushrooms everywhere. So that was one of the things we had. But on the good side, I never had to water my plants, my potted plants outside. But that's not the point. That's not where I'm heading. I'm just saying that yes, I felt a little disappointed at times, but I'm usually now pretty good at turning disappointment around and finding the very positive in every situation. So of course, that's what I did with our summer. We found super cool inside activities to do.
We did not let the rain change our plans if we were going to go outside, as much as possible. So what we did, we just brought an umbrella, packed our raincoats in the car and had fun anyways. And I really like to extract lessons out of just daily life in general. So I asked myself, how can any of this be applied to business? And I found something, and I just wanted to share that with you. I decided to compare the unexpected rain, to unforeseen obstacles in business and how a change in perspective can make all the difference. So I did find a few similarities, and I find that having this habit of trying to find life lessons in everything that you come across is actually pretty good. Eventually, it kind of comes naturally and you try to learn off anything you can, which is, I think a very good benefit.
So a few similarities I found, strategies for adapting to the weather in business is one of the things. You want to develop a rain plan as a backup for your primary business strategy. So I think that's definitely something we should be doing. And I've learned to do a little bit more with the years, but I can still probably practice that aspect. Another thing, a similarity is tools of the trade. So the equivalent of the umbrellas and raincoats that we brought in business is maybe strong contacts, emergency funds, for example, to stay afloat during tough times. And another thing is resilience and grit. Those are two qualities that are essential in both making the best out of a rainy summer, but also running a successful business. And what I got out of this small meditation are a few, like I said, personal lessons that I extracted and I'll just share with them with you.
I think I have 1, 2, 3. So number one is adaptability is key. So whether it's weather or market conditions, being able to adapt quickly can make or break your experience. So for example, this summer, or not too long ago, we had some friends over that came from a couple or few hours away from here. They were excited to visit Quebec City where we live, and we just had that very short timeframe to make sure they live that experience. And you know what? It rained. So we said, well, let's make the best out of it, adapt and see what can be done.
And I think it goes the same for when you're in business. I have the tendency to just wait off certain situations and see if they get better. Just sometimes I'll do it in life in general, which is fine. But I think in business you just have to act quickly and just adapt quickly, move quickly. Sometimes, not all the time, but in certain situations that's just the best thing to do. So that's one thing that I came up with. And another thing is planning for the unplanned. You always, like I said, need to have a backup plan just like you'd carry an umbrella. So you have to be proactive and see possible things that would happen in the future and be prepared. You can't wait for what you hope wouldn't happen to happen. I think you need to have a plan B ready. And I've made that mistake before.
I've made that mistake, but I learned from it. And now I try to plan as much as possible. You cannot plan out every single thing, but at least what are the biggest probabilities, something will happen and just be ready. And the third thing is just embrace the situation. So sometimes the challenge itself offers an unexpected opportunity for growth or fun. And this is definitely my favorite because you have to learn to enjoy the ride as it comes, see the positive, and see what you can learn from it. And I would say in the last couple years, I feel like for having run two businesses now, we definitely need, I think it's not a, it would be nice to, I think it's a must if you're going to do this for a very long time. You have to learn to see obstacles and unexpected things that happen in the good way and just make the best out of it.
And also see how you're... And realize that you're going to grow from it and you're going to have or experience things that you would not have experienced otherwise. So that's certainly something that I'm learning to do and just loving it, the more and more I embrace that, the situations that we come across.
And my favorite lessons are often the ones I learn the hard way. So now I remember this, and when I find something a little more challenging and almost, I almost get excited to see what I'll learn out of it. So I think that's a very nice change of perspective you can put on a given situation. So those are just a few quick things that I wanted to share from what I learned from our month of August. And take a moment to rate, share, and subscribe this podcast or episode if you liked it. Till next time, thank you for being part of this journey with me. I hope you gained valuable insights and inspiration today to keep growing and taking action towards your goals. Please follow me on social media. Also follow us on your favorite podcast platform to get notifications every time a new episode is uploaded. See you next time.