Fortunately, we could see it coming, and driven by our unwavering passion for custom paint applications, we found new opportunities to keep it all going. Over the years, we have had to reinvent ourselves by scouting out the market for ways to apply our skills, develop new ones, and enhance our craft. It’s tempting to grow complacent and assume that your “cheese” will always be found in its familiar spot, particularly when it has been so consistent throughout the years. However, life is unpredictable and ever-changing, so we should stay vigilant, keenly observe what’s happening on our journey toward the cheese and estimate how much remains. As they say, adapt or perish.
Adapting does not mean you must sacrifice your values. In our family-owned venture, we were adamant about being a top-tier “custom paint shop” first and foremost. Our goal was to rise above the rest by offering a skill set that superseded what is typically expected of autobody painters. It would have been easy to abandon this ideal and shift into the collision repair industry. As we took new pathways, knocked on new doors, and met new people, opportunities presented themselves, which sustained our business and values.
Today, CPV mainly services the motorcycle painting industry. Our long-standing involvement in this niche has spurred innovative techniques and products that further expand our market reach. Our presence extends globally within this sector, instilling variety in its own right. Though we’ve been criticized for lacking diversity, such assessments need to consider the full scope of our operations.
“Who Moved My Cheese” is a short, easy read. I recommend it as an insightful business book and a good test for anyone – not just business owners – wishing to gauge their adaptability to change and adversity. In the end, change remains the sole constant in life, and how we respond will ultimately shape our destiny.