When stuck in a business, partnership, industry or career, landing in shit, it’s getting old, falling apart, and you’re not happy, think of it like it landed at the dog pound. There are several options dog pounds face with each dog landing in it.
1 Leave it the way it is, no ones coming to get it out, why bother, do nothing for it, do nothing about it; nothing more, just give it food and water, and let it sleep. Leave it on cruise control. No matter how hard you try, it’s probably going to stay the same. Just get what else you can from it, but let it run its course. It’s just a matter of time.
2 Actively put it to sleep, end it. It’s too heavy to turn around and its wanting to die. Don’t prolong the agony. Shut down, go bankrupt. If it’s injured, broken, or in pain, do it right away. Don’t delay.
3 Take it out and play around with it from time to time, make it a better dog while you wait, turn it around; get to know it. Play, shift it, scramble it up, change what you sell, how you sell, change the lineup, reformat, overhaul the business.
4 Find a new owner, find a new home for it. Sell the business. Someone else has more passion, energy, and dedication that you do. Let someone see it with their eyes, put it in their capable hands. Let them fall in love where you do not.
5 Take it home yourself; hold onto it, things will get better. Re-commit and give it your best shot, the business may need your kick in the pants. Give it a second chance.
If you’re thinking of delegating an unwanted task, consider these:
1 – Eliminate it. Put the dog to bed, negate the task, nuke it from existence
2 – Do it. Take the dog home. Keep the task and take great care of it.
3 – Delegate it. Find it a new owner, relocate the task to someone more suitable for it.
4 – Automate it. Train the dog, make it better, condition it, make it easier.
5 – Delay it. Keep it around, but don’t pursue anything now. Keep it in the pound with food and water, nothing more. Get to it later after conditions or inhabitant vacancy at the pound change.