Saturday, October 8, 2011

Dealing with What Can We Do?

The world as we knew it, has been pulled apart. Many things we believed in, have been proven vulnerable...
  • the value of our home would shrink?
  • who would have guessed General Motors would need a government bailout?
  • who foresaw whole industries drying up?
And millions of Americans have lost jobs and don't know when the next one is coming along. Last week the news was employers were telling the unemployed they need not apply for new job openings. That would really make you feel warm and loved, wouldn't it?

And American values have changed. Baby boomers no longer set the cultural attitudes. All these occurrences- all these earth rocking shifts in attitude, all come together to disrupt the nice and cozy status quo. Many Americans are shell shocked by these changes.

This kind of news impacts us as individuals and as communities as a whole. Imagine living in Detroit and a new pass time is hunting possums in the run down suburbs. People are eating possom belly again.

The actual problems are impacted by our attitudes. How much of our economic problems are caused by a loss of confidence in ourselves and in how we see the future economy? Students of history wonder whether we are suffering the same types of chronic economic malaise that afflicted the world after the 1929 stock market crash. It was Franklin Delano Roosevelt that suggested that "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself".

Politicians and cable TV don't help any. Politicians are typically self-serving and fear is a power tool most are willing to wield even if it is not so good for the rest of the country. And if cable TV isn't stirring up controversy- the equivalent of chasing fire engines on a national level- it would certainly impact their corporate bottom line.

I have a point here. The world has changed. Unsettling forces have changed the world. It will be for the better eventually but right now we are caught in transition and the transition is painful.

Here is a personal challenge for you.

We need leaders. We need men and women with vision. There is a place for you as a leader or as a follower. Where would you like to fit into the solution?

There are a lot of spirited folks here is Texas digging in build new prosperity. There has been a lot of change but change opens up new opportunities. High prices of energy give us great opportunities to grow the economy by helping people save energy in homes, and businesses, and manufacturing facilities.

Every obstacle we see... when we get a clearer look- will look like opportunity.

Steve Jobs, god rest his soul, gave a great speech at Stanford. One of his points was about connecting the dots. We look back to connect the dots, but progress is made by moving forward and you do not really know how the dots might connect. But you keep moving forward- being curious- listen and participating- and success will come and the dots will connect later.

Times are tough. It is a great time to get busy, talk to people, listen, get to work and learn persistence and build character. Lets get it done. Feel free to leave your thoughts below.

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