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


J.W. had been so busy at work that he forgot his wedding anniversary AGAIN (the 10th time in 14 years).  After 3 days of his wife not speaking to him, he decided to make a valiant attempt to get back on her better side.

J.W. purred, “Honey, I’d like to buy you a new SUV.”

“I don’t need a new SUV,” she said.  “Besides, they get lousy gas mileage.”

Taking the rebuff in stride, J.W. said, “Well, then let’s go to Las Vegas for several days.”

She looked him straight in the eye and said in a tone dripping with sarcasm, “With you? I don’t think so.”

Now, getting desperate, J.W. whined, “Isn’t there something I can give you that’ll make you happy?”

“Yes, there is,” she said…………….  “A divorce.”

“C’mon honey, let’s be reasonable,” J.W. pleaded, “You know I can’t afford that.”

It was George Bernard Shaw that once said “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”

The hard things are the easiest things to avoid. We’ve all been there—facing “the call” you’re afraid to make, going to unfamiliar places, meeting new people. For most people doing new things usually brings a measure of discomfort.  Learning to be good with discomfort is one of the most important skills you can develop in life and in business; it sounds strange doesn’t it, being comfortable being uncomfortable.

Pushing through the initial sticky point of thinking, “maybe another day,” will take you another step further and open your world to new options, opportunities, and possibly a new path in life. This push is the truth about how ordinary people accomplish great successes. They DO the hard things that most people don’t have the courage — or desperation — to do.

I believe that the best things in life are often hard, and if you shy away from difficulty and discomfort, you’ll miss out. Look at all the things that are hard:  Learning is hard. Building something great is hard.  Many jobs are hard. A marriage is hard. Parenting is hard. Running a business is hard. And what do they have in common?? All are amazing.


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