Like many towns, Enterprise, Alabama, has a prominent monument. But the monument in Enterprise is unlike any other. The statue doesn’t recognize a leading citizen; it celebrates the work of the beetle. In the early 1900s, this boll weevil made its way from Mexico to the southern United States. Within a few years, it had destroyed entire crops of cotton, which was their primary source of revenue. In an act of sheer desperation, farmers started growing another crop – the peanut. Realizing they had been dependent on just one crop for too long, they credited the beetle with forcing them to diversify. In the end, making the change led to greatly increased prosperity.
The boll weevil is like things that come into our automotive shops and destroy what we have worked hard to accomplish. Devastation is the end result. Sometimes financial, emotional or physical ruin comes about, and it might be frightening. We may witness our businesses falling apart right in front of us.
However, as the people of Enterprise learned, the loss of what is old can be an opportunity to discover something new. Here is a list of factors to consider. Are there boll weevils in your auto repair business?
- Perhaps you have kept a technician on staff too long.
- Consider if you have a family member who is not performing.
- Have you, the owner, lost your passion?
- Do you have lack of car count in the bays?
- Maybe you are lacking enough working capital.
- It could be that you have stopped leading. Why?
- Are you getting too old for your position?
- It could be that you are the boll weevil.
It’s not too late. Plant some peanuts of opportunity, and grow your business again!