Who said this?
"Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top."
My local paper called me over the weekend to offer me a deal. 52 weeks of 3 days a week delivery for $13. That works out to be $.08 a paper. What? Are you kidding me? This was the paper with which I grew up, where I read the Dodgers' scores and the funnies I loved so well. My brothers delivered this paper on their Schwinns: their first jobs
. I love walking out to the driveway and picking up the paper, reading a catchy headline, returning to my cozy kitchen to catch up on the news and whether or not the local High School made it to the playoffs. Small town papers are disappearing and so are big town papers. Recent stories abound of stalwart newspapers closing down
or minimizing services and increasing rates.
I was recently told, "The economy is getting better." Really? Are you sure? My neighborhood has six foreclosed homes in it, how many more do I not know about? My local newspaper is selling for $.08 an issue. People are stealing dogs and children. Families are breaking apart. More programs are being cut from public schools. Layoffs are continuing. Nike just cut 500 jobs
in Oregon, just the first of 1,750 scheduled layoffs in a worldwide restructuring.
Recent conversations circle around media's input to the woes of the economy. Does the media help or hinder? Record-breaking numbers of voters texted in for American Idol. Standard text messaging rates apply. We can't buy milk but can spend a buck or two to vote for our favorite idol. Viewership of the recent Survivor Finale was incredibly high. Not only do we love to hate the antagonists but we crave the simplicity of the isolation represented. Getting back to the roots of humanness. Primordal networking.
Strategy in its most primitive form. Absorbed in fantasy, the new Star Trek, a return to Land of the Lost or a midnight tour at the Museum. Take me away.
We haven't quite reached the dust bowls of The Grapes of Wrath or four block-long bread lines but we may be close. Ghost towns are being created. I know people who are walking away from their houses not because they have to but because they can. 67% of all mortgages in Las Vegas
are upside down - homes are worth considerably less then the money owed on them.
What can we do? Keep working. Diversify: your portfolio, your skill set, your life. Step outside of your comfort zone and recognize that what used to be no longer is. Work harder.
"Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top. "
~James Cash Penney, aka J.C. Penney