Monthly Archives: October 2009

Create Your Own Canoe

The Way I See It
Create Your Own Canoe

A young boy scout on a camping trip was busy carving a canoe out of a log. As he worked, others passed by offering pieces of advice to the young man. “You are making the canoe too wide,” one of them said. In response, the scout narrowed down the canoe. A little later, another passerby said “You are cutting the stern too full.” Again, the scout listened to this advice and cut down the stern. Yet another passerby stopped, watched a while, and said, “The bow is too sheer.” Eager to make a prize canoe, the young scout accepted this advice and changed the line of the bow.

Finally the canoe was complete and the young man launched it. As soon as it hit the water, the canoe capsized. Disappointed, the young man pulled the canoe out of the water and hauled it back onto the beach. Then he found another log and started all over again.  As he began carving, another offered advice, but the boy pointed to the previous useless canoe on the beach and said, “See that canoe over there? That was everybody’s canoe.” Then he looked down proudly at his new canoe and said “this one is going to be MY canoe.”

Here’s the way I see it: You will likely receive a lot of advice in your lifetime. Deciding what to do with that advice will determine your success. If you’re looking for ideas on how to perk up your printed marketing and corporate communications materials, give us a call! We can offer you various creative solutions to consider. You can then mull them over and decide what’s right for your business… to help you stay afloat.

Joe Gass
Heritage Printing & Graphics

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