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Do Things Get Worse Before They Get Better

April 30, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride speaks about how sometimes things get worse before they get better because we learn as we grow. Here is the transcript:

Hey, everyone, R. Shawn McBride here with you again today touching base. I have an age-old question, which is, do things get worse before they get better? We’ve heard this phrase for a long time. I remember it from my childhood. I’ve certainly carried it with me through my life. The real question is, is it true? Do things actually get worse before they get better? I think there is some truth to the saying and there are some reasons why. As you know, I talk a lot about planning. Part of planning is preparing and implementing. There’s this phase where you’re not fully in sync with where you’re going to be, so you have to build an infrastructure. Infrastructures has cost.

I was talking to another entrepreneur earlier today. We were talking about building an engine for your business and making it a machine, and the effort that takes. You have to build the machine and build the engine and put the parts together. And then one day that machine will power things. If you’re building an engine for a car, you have to buy all the parts, assemble the parts, pay for the parts, get them in the right order, start running it, and eventually you’ll have output. Very similar to our businesses. The thing is how do we build these systems? Often, in business, making a system or building something requires a high level of commitment, requires a lot of work, breaking what we’ve been doing in the past, doing something new in the future. I think there is truth to this, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

We can build these systems better. We can use the learning of others. We can bring other people in to help us build these systems, and use our current system while we’re implementing our new system, to minimize disruption. Things may get worse before they get better, but we can often build things the right way. Think about it, analyze it, get the right team together to maximize your strength and to minimize these problems.

I’m Shawn McBride. If you liked this video, please make sure you like my page. I’d like to ask a special favor. I’d like you to tell some of your friends about the value we’re creating, what we’re doing for the community here. I want to build this community.  I want to keep giving you more great content. I want to hear from you what you want. If you haven’t heard of my 50-state tour, check it out. I’m going to all 50 states, interviewing business owners. We’re taking applications now for the first round of interviews, so make sure you apply. There are some great opportunities here. Shawn McBride, signing out. A lot of great work ahead of us. Things will get worse before they get better, but they’re going to get better quickly. Talk to you all soon.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Leonardo Almeida.


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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment (, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can reach R. Shawn McBride at or (214) 418-0258.


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