Okay, I'll admit it:
I watch a few reality shows ;-)
Mostly because there are a few that feature some entrepreneurs that I particularly like - I suppose because I often see myself in them.
I see the same struggles and the same problems, and I hear them saying the same things I say in my head on a daily basis.
I love this woman!
She’s a little bit crazy and a little bit Type A. Most of the time, she's exasperated, because things that are typically out of her control are always going wrong. Most of the people around her, those who work for her, her vendors, etc., are not Type A, so she has to manage dealing with that major difference and still somehow manage to pull off a perfect project - and she always does! Despite the rocky road to completion, she never fails to make her clients’ dream wedding come true.
This is just how projects seem to unfold: you can't enjoy your glory without first putting up with some frustrations.
Issues, problems, mess-ups... they always pop up along way.
And during these moments, we’re all holding our breath.
Nothing is ever perfect.
In the end, though, the ability to deal with the issues and make everything work out is what counts most.
When you have people who aren't type-A /perfectionists working for those who are (like highly successful, well-to-do clients), there will always be issues. And exasperation. But, no matter how you want everything to be perfect, people aren't perfect, and you need them to get stuff done. Without them, you'd really be in a bind.
You see, I’m always the go-between.
And being the go-between can be a frustrating, difficult place to be.
I’m the one hearing from my wallpaper installer that he can’t make it to my job until next month.
I’m the one hearing from the warehouse that a furniture piece for one of my projects has come in damaged.
I’m the one hearing from my painter that he can’t return for touch ups until next week.
I’m the one hearing from my one of my vendors that the particular rug or bookcase or lamp that we’ve been waiting on, and is absolutely perfect for my job, is unexpectedly on backorder for the next three months!
And the list goes on and on...
I’m always sandwiched between the non-Type A's and the Type A's, leaving me feeling frustrated, with my hands waving in disbelief, and wondering why I put myself in these situations.
When this happens, I turn around to the Type A's and, with a smile, calmly explain what happened and how we will go about fixing it. (You’ll see this exact scenario played out in every episode of Wedding Island.)
I realize Sandy probably wouldn't appreciate me saying this, but...
It’s so nice and comforting to see someone else face the same exasperating situations I experience. And, now that I think about it, I suppose that's why Sandy is my new favorite entrepreneur:
I can relate to her ;-)