Don't Quit and Don't Sell

crystal ball Don't Quit and Don't SellA little sanity check during an incredibly turbulent time in the economy.

Don’t Quit

If you are already out there building your own business, keep at it. If you were all prepared to jump ship from your lousy office job, do it. The nasty little secret is that harder times clean up the pool for the people who are actually good at what they do.

Yes, a lot of businesses fail, although that stupid “fact” about 9 out of 10 businesses failing in the first couple years is so biased and slanted as to be nothing short of a lie.

For example, you know that selling your business counts as a “failure” in that statistic, right? Sounds like a win to me. The only people who pump that biased “fact” are selling you something or are trying to talk themselves/you out of starting a business. They are losers and you should always ignore losers.

The the truth is that if you are smart, practical and aggressive, you’ll do fine. If you work on the business at least some of the time. If you actually build value for clients and customers. If you actually have a plan, and if you can get over the aversion to actually telling people what you do and why they should buy from you, then you’ll do fine.

In fact, you’ll do better than fine, since all the fair-weather folks will drop out very early on in the so-called harder times. Persevere and you’ll come out on top during the recovery.

Face it, are you really safer at that corporate gig? I’ve been laid off, or quit just prior to mass layoffs several times from supposedly secure jobs. The idea of safety in putting all your income earning potential in the hands of another is simply foolish, and I finally learned the lesson reality was trying to teach me.

Don’t Sell

At these kinds of times, when the market is on a roller-coaster, I usually just turn off all market data feeds for a month or two. I can’t stand thinking “I’ve lost $x,xxx today.”

The truth is, if you look at it historically, the people who simply rode out the huge turbulent periods did fine every time. The people who actually see the big dips as opportunities and buy the right stuff at the bottom of the trough did way better than fine. They joined the ranks of the newly rich come recovery time.

Yes, it is annoying. Yes, you might need to put off that addition to your house because you shouldn’t liquidate the asset you were going to use to pay for it. But selling because everyone else it? You aren’t that dumb.

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