Dec 21, 2017

Learning As We Go ~

Amazement awaits us at every corner.
You will never influence the world by being just like it...

We have been experiencing some very warm days for winter.  
Come the weekend the temperature will be dipping low into the teens.  
Neither Arvid nor I have winter tires on our cars.  Presents a little challenge 
for the next few days should it snow and the roads become icy and slippery.  
As a precaution, we took our office couple and showed them where
 we live.  In worse case they will pick us up.  The Jeep is 4 wheel drive.

Work is quiet.  Everything going smoothly in both places.  
Still catching up with the tenants and meeting a few new ones that 
checked in while I was out sick.  Happy to be back and even happier
   knowing that if I wanted to leave early all is covered and
 taken care of.  I have lots of time on my hands.

The next two weeks Branson will be packed with visitors.  They will 
be coming from all over the country and world to check out Silver Dollar City
 and it’s Christmas display of lights.  Arvid and I so far have not done it.

This year has gone by way fast.  It seems as if it were just yesterday we 
started running the hotels.  Boy have we learned a lot.  I believe Arvid and
 I can take over any hotel here and transform it into a much better run
 business.  Arvid has implemented so many rules at his place that now owners 
from other hotels are calling him and asking him “how did you do it?”

How did he transform a place that when we took over did not have the best of 
reputations to now a place where we have a waiting list of people wanting 
to come in.  Key to it is being selective.  Knowing when to say no.  

Arvid has worked hard to make his hotel stand out.  He has a reputation of
“not putting up with BS” from anyone.  Arvid never backs down. 
When he says you’re out you’re out.  His tenants, and mine
 know he does not fool around with that.  

 He, Arvid will even help them pack if it came to that.  One year in
 Branson and we have gained the respect of most of the hotel 
owners.  As everyone says “you guys are different.  You care.”

As the year soon comes to an end, we have both been challenged with 
everything you can imagine and some things you would never dream of.  
We have had many a sleepless night when we first started.    

As time went by we got better at it.  Not saying we know everything, 
because that will be impossible.  But what we know today makes 
us so much more prepared to face the new year and to take on more 
challenges.  Can't wait to see what the New Year has in store for us.

From a business perspective, 2017 has been very good to us.  
We accomplished what we set out to do.  Own a hotel and run them 
successfully.  I have to say  that when I stop to think about it, we have done
 a pretty amazing "job"  That is for 2 people with no prior experience.  It has 
not been easy, but it has been one heck of a journey so far.  And it's not over.

Happy Thursday all.  Soon it will be Christmas day.

In order to be irreplaceable, one must be different...