How to Beat the Recession

Apr 7th, 2009 | By | Category: Blogs, Commentary, Opinions
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David Nichols

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Let’s face it. The recession is here to stay for a while. Some people are even predicting a full-blown depression. What are you going to do about it?

You could throw your hands up in the air out of defeat, but what good would that do? Those hands could be busy working and earning you a living. Those hands could be busy helping bring this nation back to its feet. What good has giving up done anyone? It doesn’t get anybody anywhere or do anybody any good. Instead, it only makes matters worse because the hands that could be rebuilding the economy are too busy flapping in the wind.

Another option would be to point fingers at whoever is to blame for this mess we’re in. Well, that’s still a hand occupied with something unproductive. Yeah, some people messed up, and a lot of people did some very selfish and greedy things. But, as the old saying goes, “there’s three fingers pointing back at you”. Average Joe made just as many selfish mistakes as Big Brother and Mr. Corporation did. Enough finger pointing, let’s put those idle hands to work.

Sitting on, pointing with, and tossing up hands in the air are all such a waste when so many hands are needed to rebuild the economy. The best thing we can do right now is to put those hands to use and do our part. Regardless of who’s fault it is, it is now our collective responsibility to pull out of this mess. Start putting forth that extra effort at work, going the extra mile, volunteering, helping others, cutting back, enjoying the simpler things in life.

My grandfather grew up during the Great Depression. I’ve heard the stories about what people had to go through to simply survive. Thankfully, conditions aren’t that bad yet, but what if they were? What if you knew that things are going to be that bad next year. Would you do anything different? Would you be more appreciative of what you have now?

Instead of complaining, giving up, or just sliding by; try putting in some extra effort at work. You might just save yourself from the next round of layoffs or even get a raise. Thinking about starting a business? Give it your best effort and distinguish yourself from the naysayers. Don’t blame the economy for where you’re at, prove that you can succeed at what you do despite the economy.

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