"I get really restless when I haven't worked for a day and a half. I have a recurring dream that people are lined up next to my bed, waiting for autographs and taking pictures of me!"
--- Taylor Swift
If you're like me, you've probably had enough of this virus. Many have died and many more are ill and many of us are still in a holding pattern with our business and our lives. This really sucks, but I find comfort in that I think we all agree that it will pass, just a matter of when. Until then, what do we do with our business? I've heard from many of you that you've had to layoff or furlough many of your employees. Some have closed their doors completely with no work coming in.
This is painful for us all, but there is always hope. There is hope that the world will get back into motion soon. Hope that the economy will improve and might be better than before. And hope that there is a cure or vaccine for this nasty thing.
"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
--- John Quincy Adams
Until then, we all are patiently waiting. I've heard that many of you are spending more time with family, which is a good thing. Some are catching up on their TV shows and books they've been meaning to read. It's good to keep busy, but still the hardest is the waiting.
"How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?"
--- William Shakespeare
If you have the resources to carry you and your family through this, it may be a good time to learn something new that will help your business when this is finally over. Preparing for how you will hit the ground running is a great way to spend your time. It's a wonderful time for setting new goals or reviewing existing ones and finding a path to achieving them.
If you're a reader, (remember, great leaders are big readers!), then I would like to recommend a few titles that others in business leadership have found to be very useful. These include, "Start With Why," by Simon Sinek, "Mastery," by Robert Greene; "The 4 Disciplines of Execution," by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling; and "The Power of Resilience," by Yossi Sheffi.
This is just a start, but these books will not only help you to have the patience to get through this current storm, but any others that may be looming on the horizon. In fact, why not use this time to build your own business library of books that can help you withstand the storms of competition, bad economic times, and even this virus. Then, you can refer back to portions of a book that had a meaningful impact and also lend out helpful ones to your team members.
"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come."
--- Robert H. Schuller
Patience is your friend. Embrace it and use it to your advantage. Slowing down isn't necessarily a bad thing. It can help you rejuvenate your mind muscle to give you strength to be even more creative and more productive than ever before.
"Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth."
--- Ayn Rand
Use this time wisely. Invest in yourself beginning today!
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By Frank Romano
No one predicted wide-format inkjet printing. It came in 1995, initially as a color-proofing approach, but wound up engendering a major new market for printing services.
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