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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

Take Charge

An elderly couple retired to the countryside – to a small isolated cottage overlooking some rugged and rocky heartland. One early morning the woman saw from her window a young man dressed in working clothes walking in the distance, about a hundred yards away. He was carrying a spade and a small case, and he disappeared from view behind a group of trees.

The woman thought no more about it but around the same time the next day she saw the man again, carrying his spade and a small case, and again he disappeared in the trees. The woman mentioned this to her husband, who said he was probably just setting traps and not to worry.

However after several more sightings of the young man with the spade over the next two weeks the woman persuaded her husband to take a stroll – early, before the man tended to arrive – to the group of trees to investigate what he was doing.

There they found a surprisingly long and deep trench, rough and uneven at one end, becoming much neater and tidier towards the other end. “How strange,” the old lady said, “Why dig a trench here – and in such difficult rocky ground?” and her husband agreed.  Just then the young man appeared – earlier than his usual time. “You’re early,” said the old woman, making light of their obvious curiosity, “We wondered what you were doing – and we also wondered what was in the case.” “I’m digging a trench,” said the man, who continued, realizing a bigger explanation was appropriate, “I’m actually learning how to dig a good trench, because the job I’m being interviewed for later today says that experience is necessary – so I’m getting the experience. And the case – it’s got my lunch in it.”

And come to find out… he got the job.

This is the “take charge attitude” that has helped build our country into a great nation.  He didn’t settle for not getting the job because he didn’t have the experience. He took the initiative to go get the experience he needed to land the job.

Unfortunately the mindset of our young ditch digger seems to be as out of date today. Everyone today wants something for nothing. To many people wanting something for nothing has hurt our economy

In order to break out of our current economic decline, it will require more “take charge” attitude. Go back to the beginning of our country and look at how we rose to greatness – we did it by leading the world in innovation. Our country was founded on the freedoms that allowed the innovators to innovate. This is the “take charge attitude” that has built our country into a great nation. Regardless of what your political leanings – we all need to realize that the real answer to our problems is not greater dependency.

I believe that it is time for MANY in this country to embrace the “take charge” mindset of the young ditch digger and start taking the initiative that is needed to improve.


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