Stitch had always been a little different from the very beginning. This exciting adventure about an alien born from an experiment of a mad scientist and a girl making an unlikely friend. Stitch was different and treated as an outcast because of him being an alien and what not. Lilo also felt misplaced in her group of friends and, because of this, was able to look past Stitch’s exterior and develop a strong bond with him. Despite Stitch’s eventual success in finding a family, he had a rather tough upbringing in dealing with his differences. Being born as an outcast and potential threat lead to his banishment to planet Earth (home of the endangered mosquito) and home of his future family. What can we learn from this heartwarming tale that applies to our MSP business?
Stuck in the Web
At times it may feel like your MSP business in drowning in a sea of competition. The internet is fraught with marketing and it may seem like you simply get stuck among the web somewhere. What Stitch teaches us is we should never strive to fit in to appease the crowd, but instead, be prepared enough to accept our own flaws — those “flaws” are what make us beautifully different or are easy ways to change or improve. What makes you different is also what makes you incredibly special and shouldn’t always be a bad thing.
A Hero in us all!
One of the greatest messages MSP leaders can learn from this inspiring classic that Stitch delivers is that you don’t have to look like a hero to become one. There is not only one road to success; everyone has their own. Therefore it’s pointless to follow some unfounded notion of what you think a successful person to be. Rewrite the rules and find your own journey and other than keeping core hero values all you need to do is follow your instinct. Others will try and take you down, especially in a competitive MSP marketplace, and throw harmful words at you but you must be strong like Stitch and know that they’re afraid of what makes you special because they don’t have awesome alien powers. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Stitch was dealt a grim hand, but with a healthy dose of creativity, a supportive family and a mix of faith and hard work, he rose above his circumstances because ohana means family, and family means nobody gets left behind. May we always take hold of the pen and attempt to write our own future the best way we know how.