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January 28, 2009

I thought I WAS in the game

Driving to work this morning I caught just a piece of an interview with Congressman Eric Cantor, and what he said gave me one of those, “What did he just say?” moments.  He said, “We’ve got to make sure that we are stimulating investors, entrepreneurs and small business people to get back in the game.”

I’d say I know a fair number of entrepreneurs and small business people, and with just one exception they are working harder than ever.  None that I know are saying, “I’m going to sit on the sidelines until things get better.”  I know one person who sold his company just before things turned down, and he’s itching to “get back in the game.”  He’s the one exception.  And you know what he’s doing while he figures out his next venture?  He’s going around helping other entrepreneurs with introductions, brainstorming sessions and a lot of encouragement.   Everyone else that I know is putting in longer hours and they are working harder to get through the downturn and to even get AHEAD while the big guys are worrying about their stock price.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that there must be a lot of businesses that have failed, and I’m very sorry for those entrepreneurs and small business people.  I’m especially sorry for all the people who lost their jobs in the process.  I know from experience that it is gut wrenching to be working hard and not seeing the results you want.  I’ve been there, and I feel for them, but to suggest that entrepreneurs and small business people “need to get back in the game” is ridiculous.  I will bet that this period will spawn more new entrepreneurs than the dot.com boom, and that the businesses that get created will be better because this time around they are in “make money or die mode”  not “get rich quick mode.”

If you’re reading this, you might just be thinking about getting in the game yourself.  Come on in, there’s room for more.  This is a great time to start a company.  And if you are already an entrepreneur, keep playing hard – I know you are in the game 24 hours a day and NOT sitting on the sidelines waiting for things to get better.

January 28, 2009 in Entrepreneurship | Permalink


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