That's a good question. When you're fixing it, the rumors are the worst. Right?
The hardest rumors, particularly for leadership to hear are the true ones. Like, I've seen people react over the years.
They don't react much when it's totally false. But when it's true, we really take offense, especially when it's not good. Right?
I will say that it was like getting kicked in the nuts every day trying to recover the business. You know, we formed a board, and I'd have to go to that board and say, “Hey, I uncovered another pretty big skeleton, no one knew about” you know, and then as we were getting close to digging ourselves out, you'd be like, “Yeah, we did it. We did it, we did it.”
And then somebody would make a phone call and be like, “Hey, you owe us a million bucks.” And I’d be like, “how?”
And then they send the docs and it would be like, we do indeed. We didn't have the records, that’s just great. Those would just keep popping up. And it's just very discouraging, right?
Now, that being said, that was probably the hardest part.
The rumors didn't matter that much. Because you had a situation.
Yeah, you had bigger, there were more important alligators closer, what people were saying, right? As you start to recover, sure it’s, frustrating.
I've always kind of had a philosophy…you don't want to get in with the swine, like, you're gonna get pulled down and filthy. You need to stand confidently where you are and be okay with some of the things people say.
But also, it should be in the fruits. Right? Like, our company makes good product.
It's always made good product, and we're going to continue to make great product.
And did we fail at some of that somewhere in the middle? Sure.
But the fruit is what we're producing. Product quality is high. And that's one way.
The other way is to talk more, right? I'm an introvert and I don't talk a lot. I mean, if you get me talking, I'll talk a lot but….so… we're actually kind of learning how to do that.
You know what I'd say we're not not the best at quelling that stuff - yet. We're learning how. That's what I'd say.