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Others are not living


in your shoes…


     When your business is struggling is not the time to be joining hands with other struggling businesses.  It’s time to bail out and back off all your good-intention, admirable community do-gooder projects before they end up flushing you down the tubes and out of existence.  There comes a time when you need to muster your forces to be able to come from a position of strength.

     Clinging to involvements with borderline business value when your business is suffering, for example, simply because they’ve gained you a reliable, responsible reputation in your town or county –and you’re reluctant to let anyone down who’s counting on you– is just plain stupid!  

     The local chamber of commerce and Rotary Club and Kiwanis and Little League managed just fine before you got involved and they will survive economic downturn times because someone will always run to the rescue.  But, if your business is sliding rapidly downhill, and you’re starting to worry about upcoming meals, get off the public service merry-go-round and tend to your own needs until you are back on your feet. 

Is what I am doing this very minute

leading me to where I need and want to go?

. . . is the first question you must ask yourself. 

And, once I get to where I need and want to go, will I then be in a better position to contribute even more time, money, and effort to achieving the community goals that my present pursuits alone are draining from me and my business?

. . . is the second question to answer.


     Don’t be worried about what others will think.  Others are not living in your shoes.  Others are always quick to drain your resources when they don’t want to contribute their own.  No one will fault you for doing what you have to do to survive. 

     And in this economy, you need not feel ashamed or embarassed.  Instead, feel smart that you are taking proactive steps to make yourself better and put youself in a position to be able to contribute more to your community.  Others will be much happier to see you return a year down the road and come roaring back into the organization running on all cylinders. 

     Tuck in your tail.  Realize that the best thing you can do to help others is to help yourself first so you can be in a position of strength to reach out to those who need it, instead of offering your hand while you are standing on thin ice yourself.  Take a sabbatical and work to restore the solidity of your business foundation.     halalpiar


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  1. Judy Vorfeldon 14 Feb 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Excellent thoughts and ideas, Hal. Dreaming and hoping are not the way to improve our businesses. If we can find legitimate reasons for social networking, fine: we can give, receive, and communicate with people we like and respect. With BALANCE.

    But if we could be taking a class instead, or getting together some people to brainstorm, then we need to get our priorities straight.

    Social networking has value for some, but our priority must be the health and growth of our businesses.

    Thanks, Judy. Your always thoughtful and insightful comments are welcome anytime, and much appreciated. Circumstances certainly dictate the value of borderline business involvements. When the business owner/operator is trying to shore up the enterprise, community organization participation may not be the wisest use of time and energy. It’s always best to help others when standing on solid ground (vs. shifting sands). Please revisit. See you on Twitter! Best – Hal

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