Written by David Stoddard

Welcome to December. The home stretch of a year which has shown us that terrible things do happen to good people just minding their own business. Atrepparttar same time, we've seen that good common people can become better than anyone could have believed whenrepparttar 125582 mission they find themselves in becomes greater than all their days combined.

As years end, it's often a time to look back on what has happened. We look at where we are, what we have and where we were 12 months ago. We may think about what we wanted to accomplish duringrepparttar 125583 year but just never got around to. We see allrepparttar 125584 daily interruptions that got in our way of doing something we would rather have done.

We look around at others who seem happy and we think about how much we "wish" we could be like them or do what they are doing. But we just "know" we don't have time to do it. Either that, or our life-long circumstances have made it impossible for us to come even close to doing something as "wonderful" as that.

Looking back is all too easy to see where we fell short, things we should have done differently, things we should not have wastedrepparttar 125585 time or money on. Boy, if we only had a dime for every time each of us felt that way in our lives, there would be so many more millionaires in this world.

Unlike many sports where you get an intermission between quarters or can call a timeout as in football, life doesn't work that way. It's more of an auto race or a marathon. It doesn't just stop at certain points giving us a chance to rest,repparttar 125586 clock is always ticking and we are always moving forward (if we want to, or not).

In a race, we look back to compare ourselves to everyone else. In life, we look back to compare ourselves with, well… ourselves. Sure, we may not as wealthy as John Doe nor as happy in our career as Jane Doe seems to be, but they don't matter when it comes to our own ideas and hopes for ourselves.


Written by John Di Frances

Awakening torepparttar sunshine of an early autumn day, America had no idea ofrepparttar 125581 tragic scenario about to unfold before a shocked nation. Four commercial airliners filled with everyday travelers, business executives to families with children were about to be highjacked and purposely flown into landmark buildings to kill or maim both those onboard and tens-of-thousands onrepparttar 125582 ground. Welcome torepparttar 125583 world of global terrorism, a world from which North America has been shielded, a bastion of safety and security fromrepparttar 125584 ravages of ideological terror that have long menaced many ofrepparttar 125585 developing nations and to a lesser extent, Europe.

Asrepparttar 125586 leadership ofrepparttar 125587 United States Government regroups to assess what was happened, how, by whom and why, in order to appropriately respond, U.S. corporate leaders as well, also need to respond in a very public and determined manner to this horrifying, undeclared act of war upon our nation and its economic system. When facing any enemy and particularly an unseen one, two forms of response are most critically needed. Both require a clear demonstration of corporate solidarity with our elected officials.

Initially, it is essential to assure our people, both withinrepparttar 125588 corporate environment as well asrepparttar 125589 general public, thatrepparttar 125590 leadership of corporate America will do everything necessary to cooperate withrepparttar 125591 government to minimize economic disruption. So far, 2001 has been a harbinger of ever worsening economic news. With layoffs and terminations now exceedingrepparttar 125592 one million mark, nearly everyone has either been directly affected themselves or knows someone who has. Althoughrepparttar 125593 outlook has been favorable for an economic turnaround beginning next year, supported by a return to steady if not meteoric growth, high energy costs andrepparttar 125594 continuing strong dollar have loomed as potential spoilers to recovery.

In addition to this,repparttar 125595 nation will now be faced with a decline in tourism, travel, meetings, conventions, massive insurance claims and repparttar 125596 costs of economic disruption that will naturally flow fromrepparttar 125597 losses as well asrepparttar 125598 corresponding military and civilian counter- measures that will necessarily ensue fromrepparttar 125599 terrorists' actions. All of which could offsetrepparttar 125600 positive benefits expected to be derived fromrepparttar 125601 series of interest rate cuts initiated byrepparttar 125602 Federal Reserve andrepparttar 125603 Administration's tax cut program. Whatever terrorist group orchestrated this particular round of attacks, it is clear their goal is to intimidate and demoralizerepparttar 125604 people ofrepparttar 125605 United States, realizing that if they can breakrepparttar 125606 will ofrepparttar 125607 people throughrepparttar 125608 exercise of terror, our elected officials will become unwilling to aggressively pursue foreign policiesrepparttar 125609 terrorists decry. Such tactics arerepparttar 125610 Achilles Heel of democratic governments world-wide and whyrepparttar 125611 response coming from every quarter, especially our corporate leaders, must be one of unity and repparttar 125612 unflinching determination demonstrated by England's Winston Churchill, who steadfastly refused to ever give-in to tyrants.

Moreover, corporate leaders should determine to willingly play a pivotal role in working cooperatively withrepparttar 125613 administration to assurerepparttar 125614 nation that although we have been stung several times by repparttar 125615 terrorist wasp,repparttar 125616 American free enterprise system will never bow to terrorism. Thus, business, investment andrepparttar 125617 American way of life will not only continue, but prosper while our government seeks out and destroys those responsible for these acts, as well as their supporters and accomplices, much as we helped France and England destroyrepparttar 125618 Barbery Pirates inrepparttar 125619 1800's. Meanwhile our people must be assured thatrepparttar 125620 American way of life, as we have always known it, will continue.

The positive role of American corporate leadership in this regard should not be understated. Today we cannot be sure if what we have witnessed isrepparttar 125621 full extent ofrepparttar 125622 enemy's blows or merelyrepparttar 125623 first wave with more to follow tomorrow, next week or next month. Atrepparttar 125624 outset of World War II, many expected thatrepparttar 125625 attack on Pearl Harbor would be quickly followed by a full scale invasion ofrepparttar 125626 Hawaiian Islands. Fear ofrepparttar 125627 unknown is a debilitating enemy. We cannot know if more attacks are planned and thus, fruitless speculation will do nothing more than to further unsettlerepparttar 125628 public. What is needed is for our corporate leaders, in a very public manner and with resolute commitment, to reassure our nation thatrepparttar 125629 doors of American commerce will not be shuttered by threats or acts of wanton terrorism. Apart from our government punishingrepparttar 125630 perpetrators,repparttar 125631 next best way to thumb our noses at them and all who think alike, is to revitalizerepparttar 125632 economy and thereby once more demonstrate thatrepparttar 125633 power of a free people operating within a free market system is greater thanrepparttar 125634 power of fear.

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