• As I am sitting here helping my daughter with her book report for her summer reading, I feel like I am Grandma priming the pump. It takes work to get her going, but she seems to be sailing along quite nicely now with her writing.

    Hearing about your grandma makes me think of how my own grandmothers worked to keep things going. They had running water, but life was often not easy. I like how she patiently explained to you how the pump and water work. I like how you took it all in.

    • LOL, I am so there with you on that. I have done that and more with my own. It is rewarding when they finally starts to take off on their own

  • Cheryl Therrien

    Great story! I remember this all too well. I do like how you relate it to your web site and business. Makes total sense. 🙂

  • Jon Jefferson

    I would imagine we both feel the same much of the time. Constantly priming and hoping the water will start flowing soon.

    • Yep, I would agree wholeheartedly Jon. There are times I kinda wish it would be less hard and it all just start flowing. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Scott

    As usual another wonderful story. I am so happy that I can prime my pump and hopefully my pump will be overflowing.

    • I hope so too Elizabeth. I know how hard you’re working on it. 🙂

  • Another great business and life lesson Susan and I think the lesson of persistence comes in both for the pump to work and business to grow.

    • Thanks Susan, I knew this would resonate with you my friend.

  • I love your illustrations and analogies and yes, it is true that life lessons are not always obvious to us at the time we receive them. Thank you for sharing a piece of your childhood. As someone who grew up in a large city, I enjoyed imagining how different life would be, having lived on a farm in a more remote neck of the woods.

    • Hi Michele, Than you so much for your kind words. I had the best of both worlds. we lived in the city and visited my grandparents often when I was very small. 🙂

  • Wonderful story to make an important point. Are we continuing to prime the pump for what we want in life — more business, more friendships, more work/life balance? Pumping is hard work!

    • That it is Jeannette. We sometimes forget that we only get our reward form our priming, so to speak.

  • I love your stories and it is a great analogy with business. As you know I have a promotional products website. In the beginning I did all the work on the site. It was back in the early 90’s and it really didn’t matter how your site looked. As things progressed and people wanted more I had to change along with the times and hired a web developer to make the site more user friendly. I am still priming the pump to stay in business I will never be able to stop, or I will not have any water (business).

    • Hi Arleen, Thank you so much, that makes me very happy. :-).

      I think you have done an amazing job of growing your business. Keeping it up to date and relevant is all part of it. I say bravo my friend. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    Love the story (as usual) and the analogy is such an excellent one. It takes so much work to get going in business and then constant attention to maintain. There’s no such thing as resting on your laurels if you want things to remain successful. I’ll just remember that I have to keep pumping. 🙂

    • Hi Debra, Thanks my friend, that means a lot to me. It really does, and it doesn’t end there. I like you, will continue to pump away. 🙂

  • Dan Meyers

    Very relevant analogy, Susan… and as always, told in an entertaining way! I know we all wish our blogs would’ve taken off without the priming, but we learned it doesn’t happen that way. However, you’ve done quite well at priming your site, and now the traffic shows!

    • Aw Dan, we have been through the priming and pumping together, haven’t we? It take a lot of work but if you are patient and keep it all going, things do happen. 🙂

  • Lorraine Marie Reguly

    I have to echo Dan and say pretty neat analogy!

  • Broadcasting Sunny

    I hope I’m priming my pump, properly. I’m willing to do the work but I question if I’m doing it the right way. Again, I enjoy your podcast. It’s given me something to think about. Thanks

    • Hi there, we learn as we go and I am sure you headed in the right direction. Have faith and keep at it. If you do that, it will happen. 🙂

  • Mommywithaplan

    I love your stories. I also like that my son can understand the message and apply it as well as myself. Just like Sunny said I sometimes wonder if I’m priming my pump properly.

    • That is so cool. It pleases me so that you felt it had enough value to share with your son. I think we all doubt at times. It is all part of the process of growing to success. Just keep working your plan and things will fall into place. 🙂

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Even though I’ve been working on my first book for a year and a half, more and more, I’m looking at what I’m doing as priming the pump. I’m taking my time to do things the right way, rather than the hasty way.

    • Hi Jeri, Part of creating and building anything right requires patience, education and then finding a way to do it to the best of ones ability. The hard part is not pushing to get it done to fast. A saying comes to mind; “Act in haste repent in leisure”. That is not what anyone wants to do. 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Hey Susan,

    My Dad’s Mom lived out in the country and they did have well water. Unfortunately, a good bit of the time when we’d first turn it on it was all rusty. We use to think that was so gross and especially when you needed to take a bath. The house was really cold too, only space heaters in the rooms and as kids coming to visit we couldn’t understand why she just didn’t turn the heat on. I so get where you’re coming from but at least the water ran in each bathroom.

    Our business are like that water aren’t they! Always needing to prime the pump.


    • Hi Adrienne, That rusty water wasn’t so much an issue at my grandmas because it from a spring, but it was where my uncle lived (he had well water with a automatic pump) and I hated the smell of it. We would let in run for a while until it ran clear. 😀

      Yes it is, We do forget that sometimes, don’t we. 🙂

  • It’s interesting how just a casual remark in a conversation with someone can lead you to some story telling. Prime the pump is a wonderfully effective metaphor for in particular, paying attention; ie, to be regularly pumping. Valuable insights Susan. Thanks.

    • That is so true Patricia and thank you. We forget that sometimes. It really is about “what we get out of something is a direct result of the effort we put in to it”. 🙂

  • Rebecca Thompson

    I am hoping that working on the blog and all I have to do, that the business will come. We seem to be in similar situations and I would love to know how you are going about it and your successes (and failures, although I do hope there are not too many of those).

    • Hi Rebecca, I am priming and pumping away. It would be fun to share our collective leanings sometime. 🙂

  • Margaret Duarte

    What a “timely” story, Susan. I’ve been neglecting my pump, so to speak, and sometimes the water seems no more than a trickle; though I know there’s plenty of water – out of sight, but there none the less – that can be tapped with a little effort. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Hi There Margaret. I so get how you feel, sometimes all that priming can get to be a bit tedious, can’t it? But I keep thinking just one more pump and then it will come. In the end it takes effort and perseverance… Sigh! 🙂

      BTW: we are way over due for a coffee or a glass of wine my friend. 🙂

      • Margaret Duarte

        Yes, Susan. It’s a must do!

        • Let’s make a plan. 🙂

          • Margaret Duarte

            Hi Susan. Email me when you have the time. Coffee sounds great!

          • Will do. :-)))

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