There was only one real story in the world news this week – coronavirus. I am not an expert of infectious diseases, but let me say up front that while I think the threat is real, I think the U.S. will avoid the worst of it. While the disease is less dangerous than previous strains like H1N1 or the Avian flu, the fact that it is not more lethal can make it more difficult to detect, and therefore more likely to spread. In response to the epidemic, the stock market has taken the worst beating since the great recession in 2008. This is more of a reaction to the number of companies that rely on foreign markets for labor and sales growth. My advice is to ignore the political rhetoric and take the precautions that are recommended by the CDC. We have encountered these threats before and we will get past this one as well. My son and I both have chronic sinus issues, and are susceptible to colds and sinus infections. I’m a big believer in steam and hot tea as deterrents to infection. Beyond that, I don’t plan to alter my plans a whole lot at this point. Stay healthy!
Almost everyone, including Democrats, were expecting last Tuesday’s midterm election results to heavily favor Republicans. Many predicted a “red wave” where they would pick up 50-60 seats in the House and 3-4 in the Senate. Joe Rogan said the red wave that is coming will be like the elevator doors opening in the horror film The Shining.
Selling during a downturn required a more strategic approach, but the opportunities for growth and expansion are available to the savviest of companies. Here are some of the best ideas I’ve read about.
A farmer and his son had a beloved stallion who helped the family earn a living. One day, the horse ran away and their neighbors said “Your horse ran away, what terrible luck!”. The farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.” A few days later the horse returned home, leading a few wild mares back to the farm as well. The neighbors shouted out “Your horse has returned and brought several horses home with him. What great luck!” and the farmer replied, “Maybe so, maybe not. We’ll see.”
I’ve written about this in other iterations. I’ve talked about finding your rhythm, and the importance of letting things come to you, not forcing things, and then riding the momentum when you have the wind at your back. The point of it all is that success is not linear. Progress doesn’t follow a straight line. For most people, the journey is long and winding. It looks more like a stairway or a hockey stick.