There is a certain defensive strategy in football and it is called the "Prevent Defense." What is it? Well, if your team is up by a touchdown or more late in the game, your coach might call for the prevent defense. Basically, it is a less aggressive defense that allows the other team to drive down the field but hopefully keeps them from having any big plays. Former coach and television analyst John Madden isn't a big fan. He's always believed using this strategy "prevents your team from winning."
I thought of the prevent defense yesterday when I read a stat that said 80% of small firms are waiting out the economy before hiring or expanding. That sounds a lot like the prevent defense.
My question is, why? In talking over the years to the area's top entrepreneurs, I'm convinced that a company should always be in growth mode, looking for new opportunities and constantly striving for more profits. Wait and these opportunities will pass you by.
Take Tom Schlafly, for example. Schlafly began Schlafly Beer in the back yard of the world's largest brewer. During his path in building the company, he never looked back, never stopped because of the economy, never diverted from his growth plan. He knew his opportunities would come from his own aggressiveness.
Today Schlafly's business is thriving. And guess what, he hasn't stopped striving for more success.
John Madden might be correct, the prevent defense might prevent you from succeeding.
--Ron Ameln, SBM