Yesterday, I rushed to the mailbox like a kid expecting Santa Claus. The long awaited day had finally come; the delivery of the sample. I’m on the cusp of being welcomed inside; I will no longer have to be waiting at the doorstep. My goal was almost complete. I could almost taste the round of Big Bourbon that The Exec was to going to have to buy for our bet.
Tearing open the package like a rabid animal, I sensed that all of my frustration from the past couple months could finally be let out. All of the struggle was worth it. The countless hours of research,brainstorming, phone conferences, hundreds of emails, traveling, and thousands of dollars were suddenly paying off with each tear. And, oh yeah, some redemption for getting royally screwed by the Fox Bros. (I’ll get to this story later).
Damnit, this thing is harder to open than those stupid plastic packages for action figures. It was sealed extra tight because it had been sent from a world away. It boggled my mind that a couple days ago my sample was being crafted in a Chinese factory 8,000 miles away and now it was in my hands. Fascinating times we live in. (We’ll be discussing this in the next post).
All of the mounting anticipation and difficulty of the package just added salt to the wound after I saw the sample. It was terrible. Not even close to being ready for the market. There really is some universal law that everything has to be difficult, isn’t there? We have come so far but are still so far away. Now, I had to contact my consultants and be like the guy at Subway bitching about not getting enough salami on his sandwich. This isn’t acceptable! I hate being that guy. But, it is a role you have to fulfill if you want to produce a quality product that people will buy. I think.
Of course, my consultant was positive as usual. It takes a couple runs of samples to get it right. The next one will be market ready. I get that, but I can’t keep forking over money for crappy samples. The budget is running dangerously low. I am convinced, after these past couple months, that being successful in whatever field of business, half of it is being able to spin things. The ability to deflect dissatisfaction and spin a positive solution is an invaluable skill to have. Especially when dealing with clients. Every client presents their own sets of demands, vision, and budget for what they want from you. Being able to absorb their frustration and presenting a “its no so bad” speech seems key.
I thoroughly explained what needed to change. Okay, great. I’m telling you the next sample will be magnificent. We’ll see. Back to the waiting game. Great, Madam Moola is going to be pissed . . . (that’ll make sense later on).
The guy who answered the door now looks confused and is asking who I am. With my shoulders hunched, I respond “still just the Madcap.” The door closes. But, it seems as though he left it ajar for some reason . . .
Continue to The Brothers Who Stand A Century Apart . . .
Have you ever been eagerly awaiting something and then were highly disappointed? Please comment!
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