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Challenges are not bad in and of themselves. Some can be, true. But others are opportunities from improvements, and when met make us better people adding high value to the communities in which we live, the customer which we serve, and the businesses which we grow.
I am tired of people complaining about things that are not real problems. Such as:
- Waiting in a line a little longer than expected to get a hamburger.
- Someone who didn’t set the alarm clock and overslept raging against other drivers as if his being late is their fault.
- Traffic jams that happen everyday at the same time.
- Accusing people of rubbernecking when they are only slowing to safely pass an accident and rescue workers.
Here’s an old poem that sums up the challenge of our own attitude. I’ve always loved it. It sums up the music and book businesses. Stop whining. You can only change you.
It Isn’t the Town. It’s You
If you want to live in the kind of town,
Like the kind of a town you like,
You needn’t slip your clothes in a bag,
And start on a long, long hike.
You’ll only find what you left behind,
For there’s nothing that’s really new,
It’s a knock at yourself when you knock your town,
It isn’t your town-it’s you.
Real towns are not made by men afraid,
Lest somebody else gets ahead,
When everybody works and nobody shirks,
You can raise a town from the dead,
And if…while you make a your personal stake,
Your neighbor can make one, too,
Your town will be what you want to see,
It isn’t your town – it’s you.