Fighting with others. Working to make life harder for each other. Yelling at one another. Going out of your way to make another business unsuccessful.
This is exactly what you will see if you tune in to A&E’s Storage Wars.
Might make for good TV, but it does’t sound like a positive business environment!
What Is Storage Wars?
If you haven’t watched the show, it is a reality show based on the business of buying abandoned storage units. When people fail to pay for their storage units (after a certain amount of time, I’m sure) those units can be sold by an auctioneer. Auction attendees bid on the units without being able to go into the unit to see what it holds. The highest bidder wins, with the hope of finding quality items in the unit to sell and make a profit.
Not exactly the same type of business as mine (or yours?). But, watching a couple of episodes the other night did give me a few ideas on how I don’t want to conduct business (and a couple of ways I do).
Negative Business Approach
There are a few business approaches shown on this show that I found really negative. Here are the top few I noticed in each episode:
- Trash talking each other with the intent to put the other person down
- Bidding to raise prices just make the other person pay more
- Flat out being rude to each other
I understand that every business is going to have competitors/competition. But these approaches to business are pitting one against the other, seemingly for no real reason. It just doesn’t sound productive to me.
Never mind what these type of business approaches are doing to the competition, what are they doing to the person? Just thinking about these approaches makes me feel agitated and negative. To me, these approaches would make business life more stressful and rather unpleasant.
I lean toward a “Live and let live” approach.
Positive Business Approach
The show wasn’t all negative! I also picked up on a few business approaches that had a positive spin. Here are the two that stood out the most:
- Rely on your experts
- You never know what you’re going to find unless you try
It is nice to see these two approaches in action in the midst of all the other negative stuff. And, it shows one of the points I tend to make — we can learn a lot from one another if we just take the time to listen.
Overall, this isn’t a show I will be setting time aside to watch. I’m glad I caught a few episodes. While it was interesting and entertaining, it also shows you just never know where you’re going to get your next business lesson/inspiration!