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GEORGE GERSHWIN WROTE great music. At the first rehearsal of Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, the clarinet player played the first notes of the piece as one, long, rising wail, even though Gershwin had written it as individual notes. Gershwin heard it, and immediately said it should be kept that way. He instantly recognized it would be better. He changed the opening of one of the most famous musical pieces of the 20th century in, essentially, no time at all. Are you secure enough in your business to make changes? Gershwin was certain enough of his ability that he could allow others to improve on it. The ability to change is not a sign of weakness. Instead, it shows confidence. Somehow, we’ve turned that around. As Charles Darwin said, ?In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.? Well, I don’t know. I think I’ll stay here in the mud and let those other species develop an opposable thumb.

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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Zen Jeweler: Find Strength In The Ability To Change

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GEORGE GERSHWIN WROTE great music. At the first rehearsal of Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, the clarinet player played the first notes of the piece as one, long, rising wail, even though Gershwin had written it as individual notes. Gershwin heard it, and immediately said it should be kept that way. He instantly recognized it would be better. He changed the opening of one of the most famous musical pieces of the 20th century in, essentially, no time at all. Are you secure enough in your business to make changes? Gershwin was certain enough of his ability that he could allow others to improve on it. The ability to change is not a sign of weakness. Instead, it shows confidence. Somehow, we’ve turned that around. As Charles Darwin said, ?In the struggle for survival, the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals because they succeed in adapting themselves best to their environment.? Well, I don’t know. I think I’ll stay here in the mud and let those other species develop an opposable thumb.

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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