I occasionally liken myself to a boxer.
Pre-fight – I’m bouncing around, full of energy, the music’s blasting out ‘eye of the tiger’ ….
Round one – I’m punched, I’m battered, I’m on the ropes, then the bell rings ….and I make it to my corner and collapse.
Round two – I make it out of the corner but the opposition guy is all over me. Uppercut, gut punch, maybe one slightly below the belt… then I’m on the ropes facing a barrage of head shots…. but still I make it to the next round.
This goes on and on until the final round.
Final round, I’m bloodied, I’m cut, I’m broken …. but I’m still standing…the bell rings and the referee has to decide.
Have I won, have I lost …or is it a draw?
So – take the above – but make it…
Round one – trying to win a tender
Round two – agreeing a price
Round three – winning the job
Round four – start on site
Round five – unexpected problems
Round six – finishing the job
Round seven – agreeing completion
Round eight – completion report
Round nine – application for payment
Round ten – waiting for payment
Round eleven – chasing the payment
Round twelve – finally getting paid.
Honestly, Sylvester Stallone had it so easy.