While so many people are suffering because of COVID-19, it seems wrong to suggest that anything good will come of this, When things settle down, I think there will be positive outcomes we can point to. The time spent with my immediate family is something I know I will cherish. I am very close to all of my kids, but our lives are so fast-paced, there is no chance I would have been able to spend as much quality time with them under any other circumstance. I also speak to my parents almost daily and I have connected with friends I haven’t spoken to in years. I also think we all have an incredible opportunity to do some deep thinking and contemplate what we truly want to do with the rest of our lives. I believe the next Microsoft and Amazon will be birthed in 2020, and some of the best investment opportunities in decades may emerge. But more than any of that, I hope we all spend time thinking about how we can become better people… How we can become better citizens of the world and how we can all be a little more grateful for the blessing we have in the world and in this great country.
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.”