Times are tough, and I’m finding that it shouldn’t be an excuse for negative thinking. It’s a time for creative thinking and a goddamned sense of humor. Focusing on how difficult things are is the best way to stagnate. I’ve had many conversations with people about the state of things that seem to go nowhere and I’m getting to the point where I seriously want to protect myself from any more talk about the economy unless it contains objective statistics or it can be salvaged on a positive note.
These are the times when everyone exchanges knowing glances. Everyone has an anecdote. Everyone knows someone who has been laid off. Everyone knows someone who is searching for a job and cannot find one. No one is unique.
Lately, I’ve been blessed to be around some very smart and positive people who employ what some people need right now: enthusiasm. It’s contagious. It sweeps you forward. It pulls others with you.
A friend and I are taking most of our great ideas and turning them into a business. I’ll be honest: I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing. However, I’m learning so many new things, and I’m excited. I find myself hitting walls left and right. Half the time I don’t know where to start. But every time I take a swing at it, it becomes a little easier, and I’m starting to have stuff to show for all the work. I’m thinking that once you’re set on a course, not every day will be easy. But it isn’t not worth it.
So here’s to learning, adapting, collaborating, gleaning knowledge from friends and associates, keeping a sense of humor, and letting enthusiasm carry you. These years will go to the innovative and positive thinkers.