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Over the past few weeks I have been getting a sense that people are nearing an inflection point with COVID fatigue. There may be some people who have already been pushed over the proverbial edge with the restrictions on gatherings during the current holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Last week we outlined some of the issues that entrepreneurs have been dealing with in 2020: Impacts COVID-19; social distancing, shutdowns, access to capital; loss of income and most of all the loss of life. In the United States the news cycle constantly reminds us to be safe but also of the grim reality of what we are living through in 2020. On top of the COVID-19 related issues, we have had to deal with social unrest triggered by incidents leading to the death of several African Americans at the hands of the police, and an unprecedented Presidential election cycle, that in the eyes of some, is still not completely settled.
The focus of last week’s show was to provide some hope to you by highlighting some positive stories that have happened during the turmoil of 2020. I interviewed Jerome Myers, Debbee Jeter and Sonny Smith discussing their thoughts on 2020. I was pleasantly surprised to hear their upbeat stories. Jerome Myers noted that this past year two of his clients have experienced the most financially successful years of their lives.
Debbee Jeter mentioned that she started her most recent business venture as a result of the pandemic. She stated that she wanted to operate in her creative genius and help bring positivity to those in her world. Sonny Smith, an entrepreneurial veteran of 45 years, provided a lot of great insight on many aspects of owning and operating a business. One key point was that whatever you are experiencing in business right now will pass. You have to deal with what you have and where you are right now but you also need to plant the seeds for what you want your business to evolve to after this current situation passes.
Let’s get growing
The purpose of today’s show is to provide some suggestions and action steps for you to use to prepare for the growth of your business now and into the future. You cannot take advantage of what you do not see or those things that you do see but fail to take action on. Let’s spend our time together today focusing on seeing beyond our cloudy days knowing that the Sun continues to Shine! (Even if we currently can’t see it)
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