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    October 06, 2006

    Opening Doors

    At the CRA convention last week S. "Mohan" Chandramohan, American Reprographics Company CEO gave an insightful presentation.  He used a quote from Alexander Graham Bell that I use often:

    "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

    Mohan provided some additional commentary that I found profound.  He said sometimes we assume doors are closed when they have not yet closed, and sometimes we put a lot of effort into doors that are not yet open.  This is so true.  Sometimes we get so excited about something new (i.e. the Internet) that we are ready to abandon everything old (i.e. bricks and mortar).  The key to success is keeping your eye's open to new developments, but not abandoning the old too soon.  Many people fail in business because they either (1) assume that new business models will never work until it is too late, or (2) they put all their efforts into the new business models before the market is ready to accept them.

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