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It seemed like within one week we walked into three places where there was a popcorn machine. The third time is when my wife made the comment that became the title of this memo.

Some things in life are like popcorn; they’re always good (or always bad). Often we notice the little (bad) and or get overly irritated by them.

I was recently helping a client transfer his business to two of his employees. It wasn’t your typical transaction because he had previously sold 90% of his company to a big player in his industry. This was more of a hand-off (read as, “a very low price”) to help the two employees gracefully enter into entrepreneurship.

For a few reasons it dragged on and on and on. Finally the buyers waived the requirement of written vendor approvals and agreed to close based on verbal approvals, with the written notice to follow. Everything moved at a hectic pace for a few days and then came to a screeching halt – all over $1,000.

Now $1,000 is a lot of money if it’s for dinner for two people. It’s not a lot of money when someone wants to shed the responsibility of business ownership and get on with their life.

It’s all about perspective, isn’t it? Just remember that popcorn always smells good and keep that in mind when the minutia starts to annoy you.

“We are all born mad. Some remain so.” Samuel BeckettĀ 

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