Everyone is wondering what will happen in the next few months. Will things get back to normal? Will we still be in quarantine? Will there be a second wave of infection? Literally, nobody knows for sure, but I have my own opinion. I think there will be some breakthroughs in the next month or two on testing and treatment. I also think we will have a vaccine in the fall that will be ready for distribution by the end of the year. Testing is key. As soon as we have five-minute tests that are readily available, only the sick will be quarantined and life will resemble normalcy. I say “resemble” because I think it will take years to fully recover from the trauma we are all experiencing.
I am not a supporter of the current wave of protests taking place around the country. I understand people are suffering. We all want to go back to work. We all want to get back to our lives, but when we disrespect the current protocols, we put more than ourselves at risk: we risk the lives of others – and we risk extending the quarantine another year. If you have any questions about the true severity of the Coronavirus, ask a health care worker. Nearly sixty thousand Americans died of COVID-19 in April alone. That is more than died in the entire Vietnam War. Respect others and follow social distancing rules. America won’t die if we close the economy for three months. We will get past this soon.
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.
When we invited Gary Vaynerchuk to NAHREP at L’ATTITUDE in 2021, I was mostly relying on input from others. Several members loved his content, but the little I saw online left me underwhelmed. However, I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation at our event, particularly his comments about toxic employees, which he says to dump with impunity.
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.”