Thursday, August 20, 2009

Flatback Fun

After reading the title you should probably get your mind back on the straight and narrow. I'm going to talk about sleep.

It's amazing what a good night's sleep can do for your life outlook. I've been running pretty wide open over some rough terrain for too long and last night it caught up with me. I had let myself get pretty worn out. I had not been getting enough sleep, and had forgotten one of the basic Perfect Workday points: Keep tabs on your energy level.

The mattress I slept on at home last night was made in the plant I visited and spoke at yesterday. Park Place Corporation in Greenville, SC, has the largest mattress manufacturing plant under one roof in America (150,000+ sq. ft.). Watching a mattress like mine made helped me understand why it sleeps so well. A wonderfully high-quality product. The group I spoke to was Carolina Bedding, Inc., a group of fun, energetic people who, along with their president, Mark Henderson, and national sales manager, Twig Rollins, have a great business model.

We talked about how their product helps people have better lives. If you can't get a good night's sleep you can't operate efficiently and effectively in your life. It's like driving a car with bad gas.

How'd you sleep last night? Did you wake up feeling rested or did you slog out of bed feeling like you just laid down?

One of the best comments I heard yesterday was, "People who buy a luxury car don't know it but they spend about $2000 on those great-feeling seats, and they only spend an hour a day in those seats. Then, they'll turn around and buy a mattress, something they spend 6-8 hours on, and they buy the cheapest one they can find." Doesn't make sense.

If you want a Perfect Workday or a great life, or both, you have to pay the price. It may be expensive and sometimes painful, but in the end you have a much better chance of getting what you want and deserve.

The interesting and most valuable lesson I learned yesterday came from the Carolina Bedding folks. Sometimes getting what you want doesn't have to be painful and expensive. They have an outstanding product and through an innovative business model they are able to sell it at an extraordinary price. The experience proved to me that whether you are talking about mattresses or life you can get what you want if you are willing to do your homework, look outside the box, and make a decision. It's all about paying the price; it just may not be the price you thought you'd have to pay...and, ironically, sometimes it may not be as expensive as you thought.

Be smart. Look around. Pay up.

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