Amy Rees Anderson: Learn to trust people with firsthand experience

By Amy Rees Anderson

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 10:45 a.m. MST

The next day the box arrived, and when he saw that the shovel entailed a massive bicycle wheel with handlebars, he immediately refused to keep our agreement and insisted we box it back up without even assembling it. I reminded him that he promised to try it at least once. After making several comments under his breath about how no self-respecting man would be caught dead using this, he proceeded to put it together. He then insisted that he was going to wait for the sun to go down that night before trying it out, so there would be no chance of any neighbors seeing him. As he continued to grumble, my son stood in the background laughing uncontrollably at this point, thinking to himself, “Did you really not understand that my mom is an entrepreneur and when you tell her there is a problem to solve, she will immediately begin to solve it?”

Long story short, he and the Wovel only made it through a single line of snow down the driveway before a car came down the road and my husband literally ran into the garage with it to avoid being seen. He then disassembled it, but my son refused to let him send it back as he now saw it as a family heirloom that should forever hang in our garage to remind us of this marvelous experience. My husband then drove to the local hardware store and bought two snow shovels for $10 each, so that he and my son could shovel the driveway.

The moral of the story is this — my husband grew up on a dairy farm in Idaho and he has worked in all types of weather with all types of equipment. One could even label him an expert of sorts with plenty of experience in this area. I, on the other hand, have never shoveled snow in my life and am in no way an expert on the matter. The lesson I took away from this experience was that we need to learn to trust the people with the experience. Seek advice from those who have been there and done it firsthand. Because no amount of research or studies or endorsements can ever hold up to someone who has actually been there and done it for themselves.

All that said, I still stand by the fact that if my husband had taken the time to watch that instructional DVD that came with the product, then I am certain he would have LOVED IT! And I still think it is a brilliant invention!

Amy Rees Anderson is the Founder and Managing Partner of REES Capital, a Mentoring and Angel Investing Firm. Contact her at amy@reescapital.com or follow her daily blog at www.amyreesanderson.com/blog

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