Problems and Opportunities
[00:07.97]We live in an unusual time with corporate downsizing, restructuring,
[00:16.94]and the increase in global competition.
[00:19.12]Some view these times as problematic;
[00:22.19]others see the incredible opportunities created by such change.
[00:26.67]In the last decade there has been a huge growth
[00:30.83]in home-based and service-industry businesses.
[00:33.34]These businesses have been started by individuals
[00:37.06]with the courage to pursue their dreams.
[00:39.14]Yet, for every idea that is implemented,
[00:43.08]thousands of ideas never get beyond the conceptual stage—
[00:47.01]from the imagination to a plan of action.
[00:49.54]What holds people back from pursuing their dreams
[00:54.91]and acting on their great ideas?
[00:56.75]I believe it's fear of failure.
[00:58.72]Someone once said there are a lot of ways to become a failure,
[01:03.31]but never taking a chance is the most successful way.
[01:07.04]I've also heard it said that
[01:09.88]people don't plan to fail...they fail to plan.
[01:13.92]Companies these days must be willing and able to change constantly.
[01:20.60]Sometimes companies change course to survive,
[01:24.10]and sometimes they do so
[01:26.46]because an opportunity is too good to resist.
[01:28.58]I know of a small company
[01:31.96]that provided a messenger service several years ago.
[01:34.38]A sudden major increase in corporate use of fax machines
[01:38.65]nearly put this small company out of business.
[01:43.29]the owner of the company was astute enough
[01:46.23]to realize other global corporate trends
[01:48.21]happening at the same time.
[01:49.85]The owner shifted gears from offering a messenger service
[01:53.79]to providing an offsite records storage service,
[01:56.64]and soon business was booming once again.
[01:59.70]It all comes down to perspective.
[02:03.30]When there was a downturn in the economy,
[02:05.71]some people could say This is terrible!
[02:08.55]With the downturn in the economy,
[02:10.75]nobody will have a budget for my service.
[02:13.37]Or others thought This is great!
[02:16.43]With the tightening of budgets and the loss of support staff,
[02:20.04]there's an even greater need for professionals to be effective,
[02:23.32]which is precisely what I'm here to help them do!
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