Month: November 2012

The True Test of Impact: People Notice When You’re Gone

Yesterday Zig Ziglar passed away. For many it’s a shoulder shrugging moment, yet for quite a few others – it’s a moment.

Personally I’ve been involved in the so-called “motivation” genre for quite a few years one way or another. Whether working at a radio station that played, and promoted the works of people like Zig and others. Or by listening to books on tapes, Cd’s, and more constantly in my “university on wheels” as coined by Mr. Ziglar.

I’ve seem Zig live many times throughout my career. Zig still holds classes in my vehicles. I’ve learned and continue to learn a great deal. The industry of sales training, motivation, and more is full of “snake oil”  stylized sale people. Zig Ziglar was none of those.

The landscape is littered with flash in the pans or one hit wonders. The music industry has their versions of it. As does art, and countless others. But they’re called one hit wonders, or one trick ponies for exactly that reason. Here today – gone later today.

Zig’s work from decades ago is still as relevant, still as useful, and still as helpful to the people that listened to him decades ago, as people listening today for the first time. He’s had an enormous impact on countless salespeople, and more for decades. A true measurement to his message of honesty, and integrity.

In a world currently obsessed with a “notice me I’m here” mentality as expressed with social media updates every 10 seconds. What so many forget or don’t realize is the true test is not only being noticed while you’re here. But noticed just as much when you’re gone.

Gods speed Mr. Ziglar. And Thank You.

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr

Tiring of “Uncle Warren” a follow up

Usually any posts or articles I write more or less run in line with Ron Popeil’s famous line of “Set it and forget it.” However this last post had me thinking later in the evening.

One of the site’s I contribute on a regular basis (SlopeofHope.com) posted my article “Uncle Warren” later that evening. The host of the site Tim Knight of Prophet® charts fame who also owns, and runs the renowned Slope of Hope financial blog (which by the way is one of the webs best financial blog communities to be found on the web anywhere) recently made a statement he personally was no longer writing any articles of disagreement that were ad hominem in nature. The more I though about the article; the more irked I became at myself. Almost as much as I was when writing about the subject matter. Which bugged me even more.

The more I thought about it the more I felt maybe I should follow his example. Although I have nothing to apologize for, it’s the idea that; was I taking a shot intentionally at someone just for the sake of an article?

Actually I wasn’t. It was the idea of people not thinking and following lockstep with people because the media puts them out front in a venue that far too many feel uncomfortable questioning the motives or reason behind the actions because of celebrity. i.e., “Vote for this candidate because this rock star says so.”

As I said in the article I respect Mr. Buffett, and what he has accomplished, but just like a rock star saying “vote for this candidate,” I get annoyed by the chorus that somehow screams out to validate their points and intellectually tries to intimidate anyone who questions their reasoning.

It can drive me crazy at times because I know far too many, and talked to even more about disastrous decisions they’ve made based on what they thought was “advice” given from some touted celebrity. (Not for nothing but I actually have personal friends that are actual rock stars with 4 Grammy nominations. To me they’re just guy’s I grew up with, but to others forgettaboutit! So on that subject I know a little more than most on how celebrity changes peoples view.)

So what I did was send Mr. Knight an email saying I had forgotten his pledge, and although I didn’t need to apologize I thought it was only right to try mirroring his pledge because if I was even thinking about it, then he must have a point. And I’m always up for self-improvement especially if maybe I’m the one who could use a little. (We all can. Only the arrogant think they never do.)

So with having some free time I decided to read the comments under my article. Well let’s just say a few things caught my eye. First off someone correctly pointed out I spelled Mr. Buffett’s name wrong. When I looked it wasn’t just once but multiple times throughout the article. (No excuse, that was sloppy of me.)

As many of you know I have a hard time spelling kat without spell checker to bring it to my attention. But writing an article is about success, in other words actually getting it written rather than perfection of grammar or spelling. It’s the ideas that count and I don’t doubt for a minute readers don’t understand that.

Usually when I meet someone and they say “Do you know you had 3 typos? As if they’re the elected grammar police. I normally reply, “Actually there were 5.” That usually ends the conversation right there.

But as I continued reading there was one who seemed intent on throwing cold water over my article. I have pretty thick skin, and you need to have it in my line of work. 10% of any room I enter to speak automatically has decided I know nothing and are intent to prove it any chance they get before they’ve heard me speak or read my work. That’s why those “smile sheets” speakers ask to be filled out are worthless.

What I noticed as I read the comments was they were actually proving my point on what I try to express. (i.e., not understanding the real issue or implications) Here’s an example: Remember the Bruce Willis and Apple® article I posted a while back? Supposedly Mr. Willis was suing Apple over his iTunes® collection. At the time this story was being reported everywhere, and it brought up a point I stated could change the relationship with Apple’s iTunes and customers in detrimental ways. It seems the story as originally reported may not be correct. Mr. Willis may or may not actually sue, however the reason for his outrage has not been settled and still stands. Who owns your iTunes collection? You? Or Apple? Whether Mr. Willis sues or not the crux of my argument is still at hand and not answered. Yet this person wants to pass it off as my “fact checking” is in need of repair. Again my article and points made still stand. Only thing known currently is Mr. Willis is not suing. The question remains. And one should be able to answer it. But as of today – you can’t.

Another point made was my reference to Mr.Chanos not making blanket statements on “just raise my taxes” in the fashion Mr. Buffett does. He posted statements, and sources to show how I was off base and don’t check facts. It’s understandable how one could think that way, however if you read the article, I thought I was making it quite clear that yes Mr. Chanos makes the arguments on raising taxes. However he details very thoroughly when he makes his arguments, what, where, why, and by how much he feels would be fair. He argues point for point why interest carried this way or that way is unfair. Why a fireman or teacher shouldn’t have to pay this or that, and just because of loopholes someone pays near zero as opposed to a middle class worker paying 30, 40, 50 or even more.

However what I was trying to get across was the absolute empirical difference between the two: One hasn’t already sheltered ALL their wealth from taxes, while currently fighting a BILLION dollar tax litigation fight as he’s touted and being cheered across the media with blanket statements like “my secretary pays more than I do.” as some defense of credibility.

Understanding the difference between the two is what is critical to critical thinking. The statements posted if said identically by both men have a different weight in their validity of argument. I thought that was self evident in my article. But I guess it wasn’t as clear as I thought.

So as we go into this holiday period I feel gladdened I actually wrote the article the way I did in the first place because it did two things: Made me try to live up to a higher standard unknowingly impressed on me by others I respect. (Tim Knight) While at the same time even if someone wants to cut my reasoning, or arguments apart I don’t mind. Because if I can’t repeat, or restate what I said or why I said it. I’d have no credibility with anyone. And it would show, as it should.

I respect you the reader far too much to ever just say something and not live by it or mean it. Like others I might write about. (Sorry, couldn’t resist!)

And just one final note. When I first emailed Mr. Knight explaining my decision to follow his standard with trying not to write using ad hominem references when possible he graciously replied back. Also noting I spelled ad hominem – ad homonym. Doh!

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr

Tiring of “Uncle Warren”

As we settle into the holiday malaise one thing keeps coming across the airwaves, and print with more intrusive annoyance than a new colored or shaded shopping day advertisement: Warren Buffett.

Over the years he has a great track record and has delivered share holder value worthy of praise. So let me be clear that I respect, and applaud it. However the sycophantic drooling over what he says; or the unquestioning must follow cult like reactions to every word mouthed is getting not only old – it’s down right pathetic. Not only from investors of all stripes, but the media as well.

When it comes to investing one term that gets repeated over, and over, and over again is “I worship at the altar of Mr. Buffett.” I understand using hyperbole to make a point. Yet what you hear next 9 out of 10 times is that person carrying on as if there really is some alter within a building where this person or others receives edicts from one of Warren’s many investing guide books. (Sorry I meant gospels)  As to instruct and follow his written word as he has written.

The only problem for the devoted is this: Mr. Buffett has never written a book on investing. Ever! Sure you can find a collection of his essays. However that’s not the step by step 1-2-3 manuals many allude to. Those are all written by a cottage industry of the devoted – to the devoted. As to push or sell the Buffett mystique. All that real information within “Uncle Warren’s” head is still there, kept closely guarded – just like his money.

As far as the people worshiping are concerned they say,  “Who cares. It’s Uncle Warren!” Whether you call it a religion or a cult one thing is evident. This is the kind of thinking and reasoning that more often than not gets the “followers” into trouble in the end.

I’ve pretty much followed the philosophy of another wealthy American: Andrew Carnegie. I could go on at length, but I’ll just share one of his many poignant statements which I personally follow with a zeal that would make a Buffet devote blush. (and that’s saying something) It goes like this:

“I don’t listen to what men say – I watch what they do.”
– Andrew Carnegie

Which is why I’m not only tiring, but I’ve now become annoyed.

Currently Mr. Buffett is being paraded across the financial media touting his thought on how the wealthy should pay higher taxes. Whether you agree with the premise or not is irrelevant. What I would like to point out is this: “Be wary of someone telling everyone else to do something that they don’t do on their own.”

I would have a lot more respect for Mr. Buffett’s stance or the faithful proclaiming his benevolent tone if I saw evidence that he practiced what he’s telling everyone else should be done. Yet I have heard only a handful of people call him on it. In other words, “How much extra do you send in with your filed returns?” However to the devoted words like that are considered blasphemy.

If paying higher taxes was paramount to the survival of the country, then why is it Mr. Buffet has all his BILLIONS going to a charity when he passes on? Why is he not leaving all that money to the government to help out as he so advocates to everyone else? Another glaring fact that all this dribble from the likes of Mr. Buffett and others is just that – its dribble.

Recently the government announced the report for the total extra, or voluntarily donated money received. The line is on every federal tax return which allows anyone and everyone to give or pay extra if they wish. You can call it a donation box for “Uncle Sam.”

Total amount given last report? $7 million dollars.Yes, total! Not per billionaire like the sage of Omaha. No $7 million dollars as in total that’s it. Looks like it’s more of a “Do as I say – Not as I do” moment for the likes of our financial pseudo relatives is it not?

Which brings me round to my tiring statement. I have no issue with the likes of Warren Buffett or others touting this tax policy or that tax policy. I’ve listened to cases made by others of similar investing prowess. Many make good cases for and against certain types. They’re understandable, well articulated, and they base their arguments on what they see as flaws in policy or codes.

Jim Chanos (someone who’s business acumen I admire) one of the great short side players of the markets often speaks on the issue of where certain tax loopholes should be adjusted or closed, etc. You can agree with his reasoning or not. But what I don’t hear from someone like him are blanket statements of “The rich need to pay more.” That’s far different from what the congregation following “Uncle Warren” espouse.

Just to be clear I have nothing but respect for Mr. Buffet as an investor and the demonstrated return of capital he has provided for his companies, employees, and investors alike. What I am growing tired of is the obvious “Do as I say – Not as I do” undertone that barks incessantly through my screen when I see him giving interview after interview on everyone paying their fair share.

Just once I would like to see someone follow-up with the question: “If you believe people like yourself should pay more, then why are you still disputing by not paying the near $1 BILLION dollars in back taxes it’s been reported you owe? Wouldn’t it be a nice gesture to just cut a check and show others you put your money where your mouth is, rather than continuing to fight it in court?”

Hey it’s the holidays, I can dream can’t I? But I’m not holding my breath.

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr

Pendulums And Pitfalls

Everyday we hear warnings in one form or another about the looming “Fiscal Cliff.” However one thing that seems apparent to someone like myself is the increasingly changing tone or tenor heard across the media landscapes.

To paraphrase what’s emerging are lyrics such as, “Well it’s not really a cliff – it’s more like a slope.” or “Just because we go over doesn’t really mean it’s something we can’t fix.” These are probably the most dangerous warning signs one can hear if you’ve ever been involved in crisis management.

Crisis or turn around management is not for the faint of heart. The landscape is littered with the unsuccessful. It’s a pretty exclusive club. So being part of this club more than just once, I believe I can share a little perspective.

When dealing in a crisis at first everyone seems willing to do anything in order to save the entity. Until you actually begin to improve its condition. Then everything begins to change. And not always for the better. Sometimes it’s for the worst.

One of the hardest aspects to explain to people (and management) is what I coined the “pendulum rule.” This is where you’re deep into the crisis and just as you begin making advancements in either holding it back, or actually turning it around. People start to elude that the worst has past, or it’s over.

You begin to hear rumblings of people declaring victory over the matter. Worse is when everyone begins lining up to take credit. Or they begin taking to the airwaves or press to say its over. Or that it wasn’t or isn’t as bad as they first thought. etc. etc. This is where things get very dangerous for a company. Where the odds for survival can go from 50/50 to nil in a heartbeat.

Before a crisis can be declared over or for that matter even negated some will begin looking for increased wages, recognition, or more because as far as they’re concerned – it was because of “them” the crisis has been curtailed. It’s one thing to deal or handle this issue at the personnel level. However when this clarion call begins being heralded by management. You really have issues.

The main reason why this issue is so destructive is the timing. It usually takes place as a pendulum swing has just passed. However what most never contemplate or for that matter realize is this: Just when you think you’ve dodged a swing – the return stroke can be far more devastating.

The reason is you believe the danger has passed so you leave your guard down. Then as the returning blow strikes its impact is far more devastating because you were already weak, and now you’re caught further off guard. As long as a pendulum swings it can hurt – or worse. Just because it may lose some momentum doesn’t mean you can survive every swing. No matter how small.

It’s the defensive position you remain in while it continues to swing that’s paramount for survival. There is no rest to be taken while it swings. That’s why the goal must be to tie down or last the swinging arm. (That also portends to knowing what it is but that’s another column) Until then the crisis is never truly over. Yet most believe they can jettison the crisis tone and go back to business as usual thinking all is clear. As I said before – then comes the return stroke.

Then you have what I refer to as the “pitfall.” Similar to the cliff analogy. In other words once over the edge – it’s over. Period. This is so dangerous because the difference between over the edge or not can be just one wrong move or decision.

This usually becomes manifest from within the company itself. It’s where most don’t understand the difference between dealing (or negotiating) with team players, as opposed to committee members.

We saw this play out in the Twinkie® strike debacle. Everyone believed they were on the same team. They weren’t – because there was never a real “team.” Just a coalition of committees each fixated on satisfying its own agenda.

On a team, nothing trumps the goal of the team winning. Players can be moved from position to position, or even benched or cut with little to no animosity if it means reaching the ultimate goal of the team. To win.

Committees on the other hand don’t share that trait. A committee can win – yet winning could be at the expense of the entity (or team) itself.

This takes place within the company when the team (or company) begins to split into factions for self preservation. When this happens you no longer are dealing with a “team.” You’re dealing with committees. The difference between the two is crucial, however very few understand the dynamics of how they can play out. Seemingly at the most inopportune times.

The bakers committee argued, stood its ground, said it wouldn’t back down and didn’t. They won the argument and demonstrated what they said – they meant. Yet the company is now history. Hard to comprehend from a “team” viewpoint. Easily discernible if looked through the “committee” prism.

Which brings us to one of the most publicized ongoing negotiations event to cross the airwaves in quite some time. The looming “Fiscal Cliff.”

When viewing this from my seat I see a few ominous warning signs. First, one side believes it has a mandate based on election results. Second, the other side believes it has a mandate to restrain the other side from its mandate.

All this backed up by the seemingly positive reactive market surges when some form of “deal” statement is released. Whether credible or not. Mix in a media that now is trumpeting going over “isn’t really all that bad.” And you have all the dynamics for possible chaos served on a holiday platter.

Just remember “Team USA” is made up of more committees than one dares to ponder. Based on that alone pendulums and pitfalls just might make this game one where not only the team loses. But so do the players, and fans alike.

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr

Just When You Thought The End Was Near

Everyone thinks the apocalypse is nearly upon us. So in my true contrarian form I decided to release my book (more details to follow) on December 22. 2012. The day after the Mayan scheduled end of the world.

What better date could one hope for to empirically state, and prove one practices what they preach? All the nay-sayer’s, chicken little’s, and more may be correct that all is for naught. However, even in the face of the end of the world I’m staying motivated, making plans, and ready to execute those plans. Regardless of the doom and gloom crowd. And so should you!

If we’re all here on the 22’nd then we should look at the world as giving us the greatest opportunities to chase our dreams. After all, wouldn’t it be proof the worst is behind us? Surviving the end of the world leaves little to no excuses as to not pursue your dreams what ever they may be. Unless you just want to make up more.

Go! (I know I am)

(The working book cover)

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr

Understanding The Motivation of Others

Motivation is a funny thing. Many think all one needs to do is articulate some reason to move in a certain direction, back it up with a rah rah speech, throw in an incentive as reward, and you’ll get people moving toward your direction. You won’t.

This seems counter intuitive to so many because they’ll go to some motivational talk. Seemingly get all riled up. Watch in agreement as everyone’s nodding heads, clapping hands, smiling at each other, and so forth – then they leave. And in about the same time the effect of a cup of espresso wears off; they’re right back to where they were before. Why?

It’s because most treat motivating someone as an external process. True motivation is internal. People in business and politics get this fundamental principle wrong every time because it seems counter intuitive to them. They look at the results of a meeting, see the people looking attentive, nodding in unison, and within hours to days it’s like the rally or meeting never happened. Their answer to this? More meetings, more speeches. Which in the end shuts down any motivation for listening to anything further.

This week we were confronted with the failed negotiations which forced the closing of Hostess Brands Inc. aka the makers of Twinkies®.

It would appear by all reports there was one faction of workers deciding to call the companies bluff. Everyone looking in from the outside both during and after the negotiations are left shaking their heads asking how could they have let it happen?

The company and others tried “motivating” a change in their position by appealing with the logical fact that they would shut down the entire corporation resulting in nearly 20,000 workers including themselves losing their jobs.

The consequences expressed for trying to resolve the workers demands were moot if those consequences have no real personal frame of reference. How many of these workers really believed the company would close or shut down? I would venture to say not many.

The danger that was being portrayed during the stand off seemed to be in the belief that the “motivation” for not allowing it to happen would be the dire consequences if no resolution were found. However – exactly how do you motivate someone to avoid the so-called “consequences” if they have no personal frame of reference to equate it to?

So far they’ve already been through a prior bankruptcy. They’ve watched company after company bantered across the media landscape where government, or some other entity has come in at some final hour to save or stop the disaster. Why would this time be any different?

Just as in love. I can spend an eternity trying to explain it, and you’ll never quite grasp it. Fall in love for 15 seconds, and you’ll never forget for all eternity. Without this fundamental understanding shared and felt by both parties – you won’t motivate anyone to do anything.

They tried to motivate these employees with incentives, warnings, and anything you can shake a stick at. However if internally they didn’t believe it would happen – and have no personal frame of reference of the consequences. You aren’t going to challenge their position successfully. Only the tragedy of finding the bluff was not a bluff will serve as a very real motivating factor for others in similar situations.

All others now know, and understand the consequences that are possible. This is what I referred to earlier as “internal.” Moving others by using or citing this example will now serve as a “motivation.” These consequences are now manifest. Self evident. Easily internalized, where a person can rationalize within ones self with emotion the very real possibility of – this can happen to me. Here is where true ‘motivation’ begins, and ends.

It’s sad tales like this that will now be the reference point in many forthcoming negotiations to motivate others in moving one way or the other. Such a large company, an American iconic brand, and thousands of workers losing their jobs with such immediacy. From this frame of reference you can now appeal to others in trying to ‘motivate” a person or group to move. Consequences can be internalized. They’ve become tangible.

People think, act, and will change direction in a heartbeat. Yet there is one caveat, and without it they’ll stand pat. They must actually believe what is being told to them is real. Without it – you’ll only be perceived as selling snake oil. And they’ve already got a closet full.

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr

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What Do You Mean There Are Consequences?

With only days passing since the presidential election. It would seem the rainbows, and unicorns that most John or Jill Public believed were to arrive are now morphing into shapes more in line with gargoyles under darkening skies.

Clarity has arrived, and what has become apparent is this: It’s not what Wall Street, businesses, and many others wanted, or expected. Never the less consequences either good or ill are going to be felt with such immediacy John and Jill will have no time in truly understanding why. After all, they’ve been told by the so-called “Smart crowd” in the financial media, cables shows, network news, print, and more that the government, or Federal Reserve can fix everything. All I’ll say is this: “Sure they can. Want to buy a bridge?”

First off this isn’t about who won or lost. Nor is it about if there’s an R, D, or I after their name. Personally I don’t care. I pay attention to what a person says, and what they do. Particularly what they do about the things they say. Period. That is what truly matters. All the rest is for parlor game aficionados.

Elections have consequences. I am amazed when people act as if elections are some soap opera to be viewed on television as if it wouldn’t or doesn’t affect them. Then the consequences begin to appear. Then it seems to get all too serious. However by then it’s too late. The dies (ballots) have been cast.

So far in less than 24hrs business, Wall St. and a whole lot of others that understand these implications have begun reacting both negatively, and immediately. Only John and Jill Public will be left wondering.

The clarion call heard round the country for many was “Tax the rich!” Yep, that’s right. Only one problem there. They have their money right along side John and Jill’s in the markets. They know how they’re going to move and protect theirs. Does anyone think John or Jill will know? Or could?

They’ve been instructed or taught bad things won’t happen now. The Federal Reserve has got ya back “Boo-Ya!” How’s that working out today alongside with Apple® shares now falling over 20% in 8 weeks losing nearly $180 BILLION dollars of market cap?

On Friday alone we witnessed one rather famous investment brokerage is near insolvency while shopping itself for someone – anyone – to throw them a lifeline or they’re history. Let alone all the John and Jill’s that were told “Apple’s a screaming buy here on a pull back…Load up!”

How’s that working out today? Is one to “Load up” again right here? Or does one need a bell like Pavlov’s dog to make investment moves? That’s right I forgot. It’s bells, whistles, and gongs today. Well it is on TV so it must be right…Right?

We also witnessed on Friday both sides of the political aisle make their cases or arguments for what they think should be done. It was near comical listening to talking heads trying to parse the demeanor or implications of this word said, or that word not said, and what it might mean. What part of “Your taxes are going up” does one not understand? Oh, right…revenues. I feel better already.

Those dreaded loopholes of the rich are going to be closed. Yay! Oh wait..dividends, and interest. Isn’t our money where their money is? In the markets? Yes it is. I wonder if John or Jill has looked at the market over the last couple of days? How’s that 401K doing?

People that pay attention are acting – have already acted – and will continue to act. These are the ones first to the exits. I fall into this group, and I believe many of you do also. We are the: React now – get safe – reassess from a safe vantage point. Most of John or Jill Public doesn’t. They fall more along the lines of remaining seated while wondering to themselves: “What’s going on? The movie’s not over yet.” Only to realize once they finally understand – it’s too late.

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying it’s good, bad, or indifferent. Neither am I implying the current administration should or shouldn’t do exactly what it said it was going to do. No matter whom was elected I knew exactly what actions I would begin to take, what I would no longer contemplate, and others I would just put off in a wait and see type folder.

The difference in both myself, and most of you currently reading this is we understood these implications and have already begun making moves in our own lives and finances. My point here is this: Do you think the public at large has any real idea of the implications? Let alone with how to deal with what might be on the horizon? I’m not a doom and gloomer, but I remember 2008-09. For most it’s ancient history never to be repeated. After all we have the Federal Reserve and they got our back! ( I still have that bridge for anyone believing that.)

Here are just two small examples put into play nearly 24hrs after the elections. Remember all that talk about business uncertainty that was pooh-poohed as hogwash by most main stream economists and touted across television and print? All one heard was: “Unemployment’s going down, business are beginning to reinvest, the stock market is fairly valued, stocks for the long haul,” blah, blah, …blah.

It’s “free healthcare” for all working people. Ah..sorry, but no that’s not quite true. Some of the hardest working people (and many of them I know from decades in the food industry) restaurant employees woke to a shocker. Darden Restaurants the parent company of Olive Garden®, Red Lobster®, and Longhorn® restaurants announced Friday they will begin experimenting with lowering workers hours below 30 per week as to not face fines from the new healthcare mandates. Because the new tax, I mean mandate, I mean revenue enhancement would probably bankrupt them.

Here where I live a very well-known multiple location restaurant had an interview on a station I listen to where he explained at his 9 locations he had reduced his staff from 85’ish employees down to 60. On purpose. Choosing to have few customers that required less staff, rather than staying at his current – profitable levels.

How the election played out would mandate if he needed to reduce further and get his staff under 50 because the new law would impose fines that would be unworkable to his current structure, and put him out of business quickly if he just did nothing. So as he has been doing, he’s now just finishing. But John and Jill won’t understand why 2 of their favorite places are no longer there. Which is the issue.

Elections have consequences. They always have, they always will. Whether you’re the happiest voter on the planet because your team won or the saddest. If you’re reading this you should be reacting to what is now known. Not waiting to see if the time is right to do one thing or the other. That time has passed. The time is now to put your plans into action. No matter how you see the sun rising – or sky falling.

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr

Elections Matter More Than Any Predictions

On November 6th, 2012 Americans went to the polls and cast their ballots. This fundamental civil right, and duty of being an American was fulfilled. A President was elected without incident. This alone in such a politically charged, super storm ravaged, divisive campaign is both remarkable, and commendable. However – now comes the real work.

Whether you were an Obama or Romney voter only one thing is clear. Far, far, far, too much had been pushed beyond election day as to deal with it after. That “after” is now here starring every single entrepreneur squarely in the eye. As I related above: We have a lot of work to do – and it begins today.

The manner in which we deal with these issues will be written into the history books. Then later pointed to by historians. However that will be for those historians, many not yet born to pontificate. What we did, how we did it, and whether it worked or not is for time to tell. Our job is to actually do those very things.

Because of the uncertainty or implications in this election, entrepreneurs had the legitimate excuse as to wait on starting, or implementing. Those excuses have now become moot. We now have facts. Interpret what these facts mean to you – how you need to apply them – and move. The time for contemplation is over.

As I have stated many times there comes a point when the talking ceases to be both helpful, or relevant. Now it’s entirely about doing. Regardless what party or political persuasion you align with. The time for entrepreneurs to move is now!

It’s time to start that business, or expand it. There is no other alternative.

Go!

© 2012 Mark St.Cyr