Posts Tagged ‘opportunities’

Reasons to be Cheerful… part 3!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Today, in the heart of the worst economic crisis in 80 years, Tesco posted record profits of ?3b.  Now I’m not a wholehearted fan of Tesco or their methods, but they are a great example of what is possible if you proceed with a sense of possibility and not despair; if you make it happen.  At a more local level, two of my clients have had both achieved record performances.  The first had a the best year ever last year and the other has had a record first quarter this year, hitting sales of 3-4 times those they were achieving when we first started working together.

Every situation presents opportunities, opportunities for someone.. we have to decide if that someone is gong to be us!  If you allow yourself to be imaginative, to be playful, to have fun with silly ideas, you’ll be surprised by what you might uncover.  Then, having spotted something, don’t let the counsel of fear persuade you that it is all pointless, that you’ll fail, what’s the point?

Today is the best possible day to make something happen!

“It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity.”  Frederick Phillips

“Seize the opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind.”   Bulgarian Proverb

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Reasons to be Cheerful … part 2

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

I don’t know if you were around in the 70’s or remember the Doors singing “Been down so long, that it seems like up to me”   That may sound like a cold comfort, but whilst I’m sure that we still a have a few unpleasant surprises to come, for most people, most of the bad news is on the table, and globally the stock markets etc can really only go up here.  This isn’t financial advice so much as the recognition that now is the time to invest; invest your time, invest your energy, invest your creativity to dare to be hopeful!  Flowers grow on bomb sites and someone else’s bad news can be your opportunity to break through.

People need / want to save money now so they are willing to talk to new, lower cost suppliers; big businesses are suffering too and now are no longer seen as the automatic supplier of choice; there are lots empty properties and god knows interest rates are low!   Don’t listen to the council of fear….!

The song says:

“Well, I’ve been down so Goddamn long
That it looks like up to me
Well, I’ve been down so very damn long
That it looks like up to me
Yeah, why don’t one you people
C’mon and set me free “

I would suggest that no one else can “set me free”…. if it is going to be, it is down to me!

Resources: Listen to it here