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That's why each year whenrepparttar pages onrepparttar 125582 calendar become fewer, and it's time to get a new one, we begin to think ahead of what we can accomplish.

When we get that new calendar, WE haverepparttar 125583 chance of filling inrepparttar 125584 empty spaces with our own plans, our own things to do, our own moments to live for. You know, it's funny. We look back at our lives and wonder just where allrepparttar 125585 time went. Yet, we look forward to something and feel it is just so far away, and wonder if it will ever get here. Well Virginia, yes, it will get here.

It's likerepparttar 125586 story of two friends talking. One saying that he would like to change his whole career and become a teacher. But says it will take 4 whole years of classes and studying and tests and grades before he finishes, and he'll be four years older by time he is done. His friend asks him just one simple question. "How much older will you be in 4 years if you don't go back to school to gain that piece of paper that says you can teach?

Time will go by no matter if we like it or not. So this time of year, somewhat of a pre-amble torepparttar 125587 New Years resolutions, is our chance to adjust our game plan. Our chance to peek back to see where we have come and how far we are willing to go. It is our chance to get out next year's calendar and fill inrepparttar 125588 blanks so we can have a "better-than-the-year-before" experience.

David Stoddard is a writer, commentator and motivational speaker. His electronic newsletter (Que Sera Sera) is dedicated to giving it's readers a gentle kick in the pants toward their dreams. Subscribe by visiting the web at or by sending a message to


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Within twenty-four hours ofrepparttar attacks,repparttar 125581 nation had already seen evidence of profiteering by a small number of businesses, particularly inrepparttar 125582 petroleum industry. We are a nation at war. A war unlike any we have fought before, but nonetheless a war. Any who take advantage of this to gougerepparttar 125583 nation are unworthy of our great country. It is incumbent upon our corporate leaders to guard against evenrepparttar 125584 appearance of such practices.

A second necessary counterblow is for corporate leaders to demonstrate their resolve by boldly moving forward and not retreating in a struggling economy. We have seen massive layoffs throughoutrepparttar 125585 year. Sometimes cost cutting is necessary, however, we cannot cut our way to growth. We must innovate, reconfigure our resources and if necessary, byrepparttar 125586 sheer grit of willpower, thrust our companies forward withrepparttar 125587 ultimatum to grow. It seems today that whenever we facerepparttar 125588 slightest economic adversity, our response as leaders is to pull back, retrench and "rightsize" in an attempt to protect what we have. It is time to remember that whenrepparttar 125589 "going gets tough,repparttar 125590 tough get going." We are now engaged in a war against tyranny and terror, a war that must be fought upon two fronts,repparttar 125591 military/political front by our government andrepparttar 125592 marketplace/free enterprise front by our businesses. It is time to quit whining about repparttar 125593 economy and begin to take concerted action as business leaders to turn it around. In war, one cannot accept retreat and failure. Why? Because one's very existence is at stake. Now, our economic livelihood is at stake and with it a way of life that we cherish and well we should, as it has made usrepparttar 125594 most prosperous nation in history.

To protect this way of life inrepparttar 125595 face of those who will stop at no atrocity, no matter how heinous, to destroy it and us asrepparttar 125596 world's super power both economically and militarily, we must bootstrap ourselves out ofrepparttar 125597 current economic slump. This can be done and quickly, if as leaders we will commit to not acceptingrepparttar 125598 status quo and allrepparttar 125599 comfortable excuses that come with it. If we, in our businesses will adopt a fighting mentality, understanding that we must succeed in order to protect our nation and our way of life, then we cannot and will not fail. This commitment requires that we abandon our preoccupation with short term results and adopt a mindset of investing into America's future. We have been short changing ourselves by focusing on today's bottom line. Our decision making must be guided by where we need to be in six months, a year and five years, rather than atrepparttar 125600 end ofrepparttar 125601 present fiscal quarter. Furthermore, we must be willing to send that same message to our stockholders and debt markets. We are going for future rewards, not repparttar 125602 present day payoff.

Given this renewed mindset, we can as a nation pull ourselves out of repparttar 125603 present economic slowdown and get back onrepparttar 125604 high road to long term growth and prosperity. Some sectors that were over-invested will undoubtedly experience shakeout, but this is merely another beneficial facet of our free enterprise system. In so doing, capital will be freed up and reinvested into other sectors that offer more realistic opportunities for potential growth.

Today, we are at a national crises. Once again, we are threaten by an external enemy. Although what has happened is terrible and nothing will ever compensate forrepparttar 125605 enormous loss of life, suffering and grief, there is one redeeming aspect. It isrepparttar 125606 opportunity for men and women of vision who have been placed into positions of leadership to remind us once again that properly led, Americans will overcome any enemy, no matter how depraved. It is time for our corporate leaders to join forces, putting aside petty and selfish self interests, and publicly help our President in bringing America out of this dark hour. Our great nation deserves no less!

John Di Frances is the Managing Partner of DI FRANCES & ASSOCIATES, LLC founded in 1983. Phone:1-262-968-9850 Fax:1-262-968-9854 208 E Oak Crest Drive Wales, WI 53183

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