Blowin’ in the Wind

Blowin in the wind

Many people will know the song by Bob Dylan “Blowin’ in the Wind”  released way back in 1963. This is a classic pop song that is still played today and has been described by some as a peace protest song. Listen to the song by clicking here.

The song has some interesting lines and just so you know them here are the lyrics.

How many roads must a man walk down,

before you call him a man?

How many seas must a white dove fly,

before she sleeps in the sand?

And how many times must a cannon ball fly,

before they’re forever banned?

The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind,

the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist,

before it is washed to the sea?

How many years can some people exist,

before they’re allowed to be free?

And how many times can a man turn his head,

and pretend that he just doesn’t see?

The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind,

the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

How many times must a man look up,

before he sees the sky?

And how many ears must one man have,

before he can hear people cry ?

And how many deaths will it take till he knows,

that too many people have died?

The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind,

the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind,

the answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Blowin in the wind

One explanation of the use of the phrase ‘blowin’ in the wind’ is that the answers to some questions are obvious, they are all around us and yet we don’t understand the answers. It would seem that getting a grasp of the answer is like chasing after wind and therefore nothing changes.

How do we manage our businesses? Are we blind as it were to the answers? The line in the song “how many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see” can be apparent in many businesses. When we start to lose customers are we blaming the economy, our customers, the weather? Maybe there are times that outside forces affect our business badly but often it is our actions that affect the outcome. Don’t be blind to events that need us to take appropriate action. Don’t keep doing things the same way and find that results get worse. The answers are out there. Go and seek those answers and make sure you action them.

Roland Millward
The Entrepreneur Club

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3 thoughts on “Blowin’ in the Wind

  1. Sounds like a case of aptitude and attitude. If we can identify WHY clients may change there buying habits and act on regaining their business instead of blaming someone or something else. Ash clouds come to mind.

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