Life doesn’t always allow us to know that what we’re doing and what we’re saying can and does make a difference. For many of us, we’ve been making all the motions and haven’t gotten anywhere, but that’s about to change.
It’s small business week, time to rethink a thought and think technically.
The internet has completely changed the ways and means of starting a small business, from mailings to research to training; everything now seems reasonable and do-able!
For many of us, time hasn’t been our friend. In fact, most recently, time has been a struggle. Everything seemed to come down on us at once; the rent coming due when the kids needed new sneakers and just when the fuel tank needle dropped to empty and a kid got sick!
For every step that we took forward, there seemed to be two steps back. But somehow we muddled along. And when there didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day; we squeezed out another moment and got it done just in the nick of time.
And all the while, we were unaware that we had been doing the Suze Orman juggle, and making ends meet. We had stretched our dollars and lived within our means for so long, that it had become second nature to us, this check to check lifestyle, without the economic mystery of Adam Smith’s invisible hand distributing the goodies; which had long ago become ineffectual.
And now here’s the pay-off; we’re wiser, we’re consumers and we’re our own purveyors. Our kids are grown, and even if they haven’t moved out yet, we’re comforted in knowing that our job as paying parents is done. That is we’re no longer responsible for their name-brand sneakers! Yes, we have a little money left over.
Time, our old nemesis has become friendlier. As if there’s a mutual respect between us. We’re no longer wasting time by procrastinating and time is no longer zipping by.
Sure, a lot of things have changed. The umbrella of social security is leaking and retirement will never be what it once was, but according to a study at MIT, baby boomers are twice as successful as their younger counterparts when starting up a technology business.
And this week is small business week; a time to acknowledge and appreciate small businesses. A reminder that we don’t need silver spoons to mold dreams, when we have our hands. Small businesses are built by forming new friendships, establishing networks and creating new online communities. Dedication and hard work will prevail.
And later, in the cool of the afternoon, we’ll make time to look through old photographs and see that we smiled and laughed.
And more importantly, once again we’ll make a difference.