The American Dream Is Alive, Damn It

| March 25, 2009

Don’t get me wrong—I know that people are hurting financially. It’s devastating that our 401(k)s have lost half their value. It hurts to see the unemployment numbers growing. I get it—uncertainty is unpleasant. But the only certainty in life is, well, uncertainty. Let’s drop the doom-mongering and do something productive. The three most important words in America are Go To Work. This may be the perfect time to build your own company—your own American dream. It may be the perfect time to reassess your life and your profession. At the very minimum, use this time to assess your talents, skills, and passions. Take Maya Angelou’s wise advice: “Pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” I think you’ll see the American Dream in all its vivid colors.

How Low Will It Go?

| February 20, 2009

As Citibank becomes the Two-Buck Chuck of the Dow and those 201(k)s we joked about are quickly turning into 101(k)s, it’s a good time to be flush with cash, because bargains are plentiful. Even so, the rich, like everyone else, are staying on the sidelines, and if that continues, so will the recession. Until President Obama stimulates the wealthy to start spending again, this economy will never get satisfactorily stimulated.