When What You’re Doing Isn’t Working Anymore…

Whether the market has outgrown your product, or you have outgrown your position, deciding to reinvent your companies, your life, or yourself can mean the difference between success and failure. Sometimes that decision is forced by the hand of the economy, other times it is offered by the hand of opportunity, and it can also come out of the ashes of great loss and tragedy.  Regardless of the circumstances that bring you to that crossroads, reinvention is the choice that opens new doors, offers the promise of potential, and optimizes your chances for success.

Learning happens best when we learn by example.  You can often find something in another’s experience that provides the spark of inspiration you need to light our own fire.  Here are some great examples of people and companies who chose to reinvent themselves by opening the door to potential and who found success on the other side.

Tippi Toes Franchise – Broken Arrow/Owasso, OK
Karri Jones is many things, but the most important things are being a wife, being a mother, and being present and available for her family.  After building a successful career in the financial services industry, she found herself at a crossroads after the birth of her daughter.  Faced with the choice so many families must make, should she sacrifice time with her child so she could continue to bring money into the household or find a way to survive without her income so she could stay home to raise her child, she decided the only option was to find a way to do both.

In mid-2010, Karri and her husband became the owners of the Broken Arrow/Owasso Tippi Toes children’s dance company franchise.  With no background in dance or experience running a small business, Karri’s decision to reinvent herself through her work was a true leap of faith inspired by her desire to make a difference in the lives of children, including her own.  She chose this particular franchise because the values of the company aligned with her own which opened the door for her to have her daughter with her, bring money into the household, and find fulfillment in her work as she watched self-esteem and creativity blossom in each of her dancers.  With the support of the franchise, her fellow franchisees, and her husband, Karri conquered a challenging learning curve and finished the first year a solid success.

In her own words, Karri explained what reinvention has meant to her.  “I never could have imagined being here, but I’m so glad we took the leap.  Nothing but great things ahead!  My daughter has her mom and my husband has a wife who is fulfilled in her work and therefore a much better partner.  Change is scary but the rewards are priceless.”


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