I got my new laptop this week... which meant a quick trip to Ed Snuffin at Iowa Computer Repair to do all the set-up and security work before I start to use it. Now I can rest assured that my "sidekick" is optimized and will run smoothly for years.
I had a few clothes that needed mending, so a trip to Frederick's Tailors in Clive. They always make all of my clothes look like new when they're done.
Next was a trip to the dry cleaners, Executive Cleaners in Urbandale, who get my clothes looking excellent every time. Never a quality issue, unlike many other cleaners in town.
Hungry for Italian, I always make an effort to stop at A Taste of Italy on University Avenue. The guys behind the counter frequently introduce me to new meats and cheeses (much to the chagrin of my wife).
But for the taste of the day, it was a chance to catch up with a friend over the best onion rings in Des Moines at Maxie's Restaurant.
And when it came time to pick up my prescription, John Forbes' Medicap on Douglas Avenue is a no-brainer for me.
Why am I telling you all of this? Is it just a shameless plug for some of my favorite service providers?
Well, yes and no.
Our accomplishments are a living testament. The outputs we as service providers produce are the inputs for somebody else (customers). Ang guess what? They are the feedback loop for our outputs. If we produce great outputs, they will tell lots of people how great we are. If we produce poor outputs, they will tell even more people how bad we are.
For me, I always try to provide my clients, my students, and my audiences with the best value possible. I want them to come away saying "Wow - I got more than I bargained for!" My accomplishments, my outputs exist to make their inputs (and therefore, their accomplishments) better.
So what are your outputs? Who is using them as inputs? Are they excited enough to tell everybody?
Now it's time to assemble my financial records to pass off to the world's best accountant, Lambert Blank.
(Disclaimer: None of these service providers knew I was writing about them, and I received no compensation for my telling you about them.)