The Friday News Minute!
A weekly gem of information you will be using on Monday!
Published by Andrew Sanderbeck
Managing Partner of The People~Connect Institute
It has been a busy week for me! I presented two workshops in the Northeast and booked quite a bit of business for the months ahead too! Overall, it was another very good week for my business! As some of you are reading this, I am starting my 50th birthday week celebration by going to a hockey game tonight and plan to enjoy a weekend of fun and festivity...culminating with a birthday celebration with my family in Maryland midweek.
So how are things going for you? This week in the FNM, I offer an article on the power of your thoughts about the economy and life and on being careful not to get caught up in "the herd mentality! -- Andrew
"I didn't sign up for the recession."
I've had many hours of "driving time" this week and that allowed me to do two of my favorite things: Listen to music and to National Public Radio in the afternoon and evening. One of the features that they did during their "All Things Considered" show that really got my attention was the feature about a car dealer that was hiring as many as 55 new employees for their dealerships. You might be thinking that we are in a recession and I'm guessing that some of the car dealerships in your area may have already closed. When asked by the NPR reporter "why" they were hiring in such bad economic times the owner of the 12 GM and Cadillac dealerships said "I didn't sign up for the recession". Wow! That really got my attention. It also reminded me of one of my favorite audio programs.
Stuart Wilde in his wonderful audio program "Infinite Self, 33 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power" talks about the consequences of following the beliefs of the many (and the media) and allowing their beliefs, fears and opinions to become yours. He calls this the"herd mentality", and says that agreeing with the herd can be extremely limiting to our personal power.
The herd wants you to believe that these are going to be very difficult economic times for you, that you will have to suffer and live in fear of losing your job, career, home and car. The herd has lots of data to back up their beliefs. Unemployment is at an all-time high, home values are getting lower every month, foreclosures are the worse they have ever been and people can no longer pay their credit card bills. Even the somewhat positive NPR is running stories on soup kitchens seeing record numbers of people coming in to get free meals. There is no doubt in my mind that some people are going through very tough times. I know some people that are truly in survival mode.
Yet, there is this car dealership that is doing the exact opposite. They are hiring people. 55 of them to be exact. They aren't acting like the rest of the herd.
At the beginning of the year, I told my wife that I expect 2009 to be one of the best years for my business. I see a lot of potential in this economic climate for my business. Now, I didn't say that it would be easy. Yet, I don't think it will be hard, either.
"More millionaires were created during the great depression than during any other time in our nation's history."
That's what I heard Mary Mannin Morrissey, a guest presenter say at our local church a few months ago. I was suprised...no, I was shocked!
Could that be true?
Here's something that I know is true. There are many businesses and indviduals that are prospering in this economy. Many of them are prospering because they have found the opportunities in today's business world. Some have made changes to how they "do business" and are thriving.
What opportunities do you see for your self? Are you willing to leave the herd mentality behind? Will you make the changes that are needed to take advantage of the opportunities? I hope so.
Here's to a great 10 months ahead. It will be great...because we will make it so!
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