How’s the Economy Treating You?

The last couple of weeks have been pretty scary. Between the ongoing political campaign and the financial markets, very unsettled. People are distracted. I see it in my employees as well as my customers. When I talk to my clients I hear one of two things. The first is that business is way off and it doesn’t look good for the future. I get this alot from the contractors and builders as well as the bankers. Imagine that! The second is, “We are slammed.”

Why is there such a polar difference? On the one hand, you’ve got people who are waiting for something to happen. These are the same people who will always find someone to blame for their current less than optimal situation. If you fall into this category, you can’t blame luck, the stars, the economy, or anything else. You are essentially saying your future is predetermined by your circumstance. In good times, you do well. In bad times, you don’t. You can hope all you want for the good times to come back, but there is no guarantee when that will be. Can you afford to hold out for however long for them to get better?

The second group are the ones that stand up and take responsibility for their direction. They’re the ones who make it happen. History shows the economy is cyclical. There will always be ups and downs. They’ve figured out that it’s their responsibility to even out those cycles, or at the very least eliminate the downside.

The things they do and the plans they make are entirely focused on this concept. We’ve seen on Wallstreet how brokers make money on the upside AND the downside (that’s why they call them BROKERs, we end up broke dealing with them.)  They have a whole bunch of tricky programs to prosper while the rest of us suffer. It’s our own fault. You can’t blame them if we’re too stupid to figure this out for ourselves! I don’t know about you, but I’m mad as Hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! When you put your trust and future in the hands of the government, the banks, or the corporations you’re asking for trouble. Do you honestly think they have OUR best interests at hand? In a pure and honest world I would say yes, but we all know  we don’t live there anymore. It’s been every man for himself for quite some time.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating just looking out for yourself. Quite the contrary. I’m advocating you travel and work in circles of people and company where you really KNOW who you’re dealing with. None of the people mentioned in the above categories has the faintest idea of who you are or what your circumstances are. This gives them insulation against the extreme anger that’s directed toward them. I mean, just look at the town hall meetings both of the candidates have been holding. Both are talking bailout for the big corps and banks and “protection for the little guy,” but who are they kidding? We all know all this will be forgotten as soon as the election is over, regardless of who wins.

The only thing we can do is to take it back, one person and one small business at a time. While just one person or one business will not make any difference, collectively we can kick some sanity back into all of this. This all reminds me of the movie A Bugs Life (Pixar 1997). It’s time we realize where we all fit into the big picture. There are way more small businesses employing multiples of what the corporations employ and yet we’re paying for all of their greed and corruption. This isn’t anything new.

Enough of my rant on this for  a minute. The point is this. Instead of being paralyzed by the negatively and bad news, DO Something. Take it back one employee and one small business at a time. Anything  we do that’s better than where we are today is an improvement. That’s really what this site is all about, looking at things and doing things differently for better results.

Enough, I’m going to lunch. . .

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