What to do when we don’t have bookings.

Mend our nets!

I asked a successful restaurant owner, “How did you get started in the restaurant business?” And the restaurant owner told this story.

I started out as a young man working on a fishing boat. Unskilled as a fisherman, I bounced from boat to boat trying to make a living.

Over the years I noticed most nets had holes in them, so some fish were lost in every catch.And when the seas got too rough to fish, the boats stayed closer to shore and caught fewer fish. Occasionally, the boats had engine problems and we experienced “down times” during repairs. Plus, many crews got drunk in the local pubs waiting during repair time. As a result of these problems, much time and money were lost.

Eventually I saved enough money to purchase my own boat. Now, I knew how to work smarter than the other boats.

When the weather got bad and the seas were too rough, I used my “down time” wisely.

I mended my nets. Worked on the engine. My competition complained about downtime at the local pub.

When the weather cleared, I went back to the sea. No more leaky nets, and my engine didn’t let me down.

What did my competition do when the weather cleared? They started repairing and mending their nets, while I was already out at sea bringing in a huge catch!”

I learned that when I could not go to work because of challenging or hard circumstances, that was the best time of all to mend my nets and prepare myself for when I could go back to work!

That simple idea kept me profitable, very profitable! In time, I purchased more boats, and then this restaurant.

Storms and rough sea waters do not last forever. Eventually things turn around and when they do, I wanted to be ready to expand my business!”

In a word he had discovered the secret to the fishing industry, “Don’t waste your downtime. Mend your nets!”

This is our downtime in lockdown.

So, let’s do the things we never made time for, both business and family.



In preparation for life after lockdown, remember to set your scales back 10 pounds.

I was staying in a hotel last 2 months ago. Before I went to bed, I phoned down to reception.

"Hi, this is room 317. Can I have a wake-up call, please?"

The receptionist replied, "Yes. You're fat, in your 50′s and given you're staying in such a cheap hotel probably haven't achieved much in your life."

I was staying in a hotel last 2 months ago. Before I went to bed, I phoned down to reception.




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