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Let’s Keep a Positive Attitude in a Doomsday Economy

Last night during a networking event, I was a bit rattled by a colleague who told me his business is mostly non-existent. He blamed it on the economy.

I can’t tell you who this person was, of course, but I can tell you he is a freelance communicator I’ve known for a very long time. When we talked, he said, “I know you know what I’m talking about. Because of the economy, I have no work and it’s not going to change until 2012.”

Now I know my friends refer to me as a Pollyanna or optimist because I tend to see the positive side of most everything, but I couldn’t help but be a bit silent when he was telling me this. Sure, I could get more work, but I’m thankful for what I have and for the great clients I have.

However, my close friends tell me this isn’t by luck or chance. I work hard at trying to keep my clients, constantly delivering services to them, anticipating what they need before they know it and remaining focused on their growth.

How come a bunch of us can survive in this economy while others don’t? If my client base dried up, I have bills to pay … logic says I would go out and get some kind of job.

I don’t think we can blame a lack of business on the economy. Sure, it affects various segments, but it’s up to you to decide your own destiny.

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  1. Scott,
    You make some good points. I, too, was a freelance PR and writer person up until recently. I was fortunate to have one great client (whom you also know) so I wasn’t hurting like others. But when I did get a full-time job offer at an association in an industry with which I’ve been affiliated, I decided to take the job. Contract and freelance work — which continually requires marketing yourself, by the way — is much too precarious in a weak and uncertain economy. While I truly loved my freelance work, I just could not rationalize a pass on full-time and “safe and security” employment.

    Thanks for your blog… and I do love the Cytron drink image, too. Very clever.


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