Friday, July 1, 2016

Of Warm Summer Winds and Lazy Days

Summer brings warm breezes and lazy summer days. Most of us would rather be lying on a beach or barbecuing in the backyard. Business seems to be something we just do to pay the bills. However, success comes with a price.

Have you heard that before? Do you believe it? Financial security and business success do come with  a price tag. While most blogs will tell you to relax and enjoy yourself, I'm going to tell you the opposite. Why would I ruin such a pleasant thought of idle bliss and summer day dreams?

Sadly, here in the western world, we have been lulled in to a false sense of financial security. Having been raised by a wonderful man who had lived through the Great Depression, our household adhered to the idea that sunny days were the time to work even harder at completing projects, tending the garden to guarantee an abundant fall harvest, and dealing with things that needed to be repaired or simply finished. It was indeed easier to repair a broken fence in the pasture during a sunny day than a downpour. And pulling weeds was actually easier during warm weather than when it became chilly and windy.

Sadly, gone are the rural living and farm days for me and for many of you. But the principle is still there: work and produce while both the atmosphere and weather is favorable. We don't know what tomorrow is going to bring. So isn't it better to make that vacation just a couple of days shorter to get back and deal with that leaking roof or that landscaping project? And isn't it wiser to follow through with that work project instead of driving across the country for a silly useless gathering?

Remember this one fact: it only takes one bad day on Wall Street for your investments to tumble. And it takes a single decision for your employer to end your job or your clients to abandon you. Utilize every resource that is at your disposal NOW and don't let the seduction of lazy days stimulate your inner sloth. There is a time to rest and there is a time to produce.

Unfortunately, too many will soon realize they squandered their most useful productive seasons for yet another trip down entertainment lane.

Produce, strategize, plan, implement, and work harder than you ever have.

You can rest during the coming economic storm in which it will be nearly impossible to generate profit.