A business associate and I arrived at the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship in Columbia, Maryland this morning with our coffee in-hand feeling a bit sleep deprived, (which isn’t unusual for most entrepreneurs) because we pulled an all-nighter planning, checking, and double-checking the schedule and quality of our client’s project deliverables. We both agreed: “We’re at capacity – It’s time to bring on more people… we’ve got to scale up.” 

A few hours later I dragged myself home and realized that I hadn’t watched or listened to the news in a few days and when I did… I couldn’t relate to the gloom & doom, or the depressing economic forecasts that the talking heads and financial experts were broadcasting as their pronouncements were foreign to where I am today. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naïve nor am I one of the bourgeoisie. I know some extraordinary people who are going through hell on a day-to-day basis looking for employment. I also know what it’s like to be suddenly laid off from a decent paying job, with 2 kids in college at the same time, and accepting a part-time job to clean toilets and mop floors in a local office building as a janitor very late at night (so I wouldn’t risk the embarrassment of being seen by my friends or neighbors with a mop and a bucket.) But that experience INSPIRED me, humbled me, and shook me out of my complacency and acceptance of the status quo.

So for my nearly-broke, unemployed, desperate compatriots out there who are trying to hold it together for their children and their families who are praying for a break… I’ve been there and hope this may help: Turn off the TV and stop paying attention to the unemployment numbers as they have nothing to do with your destiny. Control your environment, break the cycle of negative communication and start thinking BIG. Have you ever thought about launching your own small biz?  Learn new skills NOW; begin connecting with other entrepreneurs, get out of your comfort zone, build a network of potential clientele, become a student of business, and put yourself in a position to discern and take on business opportunities that may transform your life and elevate your legacy.  The net: you’re not a loser and where you are today has nothing to do with your destination. Moreover, the most important people in your life, you may not even know yet so prepare yourself and…

Persevere,

Chris Bell 3rd