Watch as the Harvesters ask 7 Landscape Industry Owners and Leaders the question, “If you had it to do over again, what would you do differently?” Their answers may surprise you…..

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Ed Laflamme LIC

started his own business from scratch, built it up, sold it and then wrote a book about how he did it. So, he’s been there. He understands your frustrations, worries and concerns. Some of you may want to buy companies, while others may want to sell the one you own. You need expert assessment and guidance before you can move forward. Ed has experience in this area. He is recognized as a CLP: Certified Landscape Professional. Read Ed's full bio.


This makes me think of Beethoven’s Last Night (Trans Siberian Orchestra). Beethoven realizes that if you remove an experience, you also remove the inspiration that that experience provides and you lose the resulting blessing. I think the take from this focuses more on the fact we need to change how we react or respond to life’s circumstances, rather than changing circumstances. Of course, we want to avoid pitfalls, but you guys (Ed and Bill) are such a wealth of knowledge because you have been through both the tough times and the good times. You have used both of these wisely to shape your world view into something that works. I think that is what some of the folks saying they would not change anything are getting at. They realize all the circumstances, good and bad, are what got them to the place they are today. I do agree though there are certain lessons much better learned through study than experience. That might be an interesting topic-what lessons must be learned through experience (the hard way), and what can we learn from others easily? I think of how deeply affected the Great Depression generation was, and how completely it immunized many of our grandparents against stupid excess.

Experience is a great learning tool if applied. I can recall several times where I have had to repeat the same lesson as well as teach it. The broader picture in any organization is not always there for individual departments within the organization and communication becomes the biggest drawback.

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