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Why Success Sometimes Smells

Like Cow Manure


by Glenn Shepard

February 10, 2015

Category:  Careers & Success





Nashville, TN

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Dear Glenn,


My husband owns a small business. Last week an employee who has been here almost 20 years, gave his 2 week notice.

     My husband is hurt because he always treats his employees very well and done things for them that I'm sure most employers wouldn't do. My husband feels he should have given us more notice because his position will be challenging to fill.

    I just found out that this employee used his company phone to communicate with his new employer while on the clock. It's hard not to get personally invested in employees in this close knit setting.

     My husband feels betrayed. How can I help him through this?


Leslie in Indiana



Dear Leslie,


I understand your husband's feelings 100%. The first time I caught an employee using my computer on my time to look for another job, I was livid. I watched the Sylvester Stallone movie "Tango & Cash" later that night. Even though that was many years ago, every time that movie is rerun, my blood pressure still goes up.

     What I learned is a cold but irrefutable principle of business. You and your employees are not "like family", as some companies claim. You're people bound by a paycheck.

    Proof of this lies in the fact that as soon as that tie that binds is gone, you'll never hear from most of your employees again.

    While the professional courtesy of more than a 2 week notice after 20 years would have been appreciated, I'll bet you his new employer wasn't willing to wait for more than 2 weeks for him to start.

      Thanks for your question.


Glenn in Nashville, TN


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Too many people believe that success is like winning the lottery. They think a magic moment comes when you hit it big, and are on Easy Street for the rest of your life.


But that couldn't be further from the truth.


The “sweet” smell of success often smells more like blood, sweat and tears - and sometimes cow manure.


A perfect example is that of an aspiring 19-year-old songwriter who moved to Nashville from Massachusetts. In 2013, she met with Kevin Kadish in his recording studio.


But it wasn't on Nashville's legendary Music Row. It was in the garage behind his house on a farm. Instead of being surrounded by buildings with names like Sony, Warner Brothers, and Capital Records, they were surrounded by cows.


The place stunk - literally.


She and Kevin hit it off because they both love the doo-wop music that was popular in the 50's and 60's. He keeps a list of possible song titles, and she began singing one. He threw out more lyrics, added a beat, and the song came together.


They recorded a demo and sent it to a publisher, but the publisher didn't know who would record the final cut. After all, it was unusual and some even called it silly.


Eventually they got it into the hands of an executive at Epic Records, who used her recording just as it was. That writer was Meghan Trainor, and the song was "All About that Bass". It was a world-wide smash that hit #1 in 58 countries in 2014.


You might think that she'd be on Easy Street by now, but she reports that she's broke. Not because she blew all her money, but because she won't see her first check until April 2015.


While she'll be spending more time on red carpets and less in cow fields, she'll have to work as hard to stay at the top as she did to get there.


Just as we all do.




To Your Success ,



Glenn Shepard




P.S. Authors are in a similar scenario. I receive royalty checks from my publisher in New York City every April and October. While I don't rely on them to live, I'd hate to wait six months between paydays if I did.







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