What are we waiting for?

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Although it is Amercia-centric, I love this post on Tom Koulopoulos’s blog. His call for change is a fitting start to 2009. Let’s stop looking through the keyhole when the whole door is made of glass. Opportunities galore for the brave.


A new year is traditionally a time to look forward. A time of renewal. A clean slate to start fresh, make promises to ourselves about how we will do better and shed bad habits that hold us back. We welcome the New Year with the anticipation of a milestone achieved.

What are you waiting for?

Are you wating for an end to the war? This war has no end. We can pull out of Iraq, Afganistan and every other global conflict. But that does not stop terrorism, elsewhere or at home. Terorism has no end in a world as fluid, interconnected and interdependent as ours.

Are you waiting for Detroit to re-invent itself? In the words of Peter Drucker, “There is no more difficult task than to keep a corpse from rotting.”

Are you waiting for the stock market, home prices, and jobs,  to bounce back? They will, while you sit back and drain your savings, 401K and 529s.

Getting the message? Stop waiting. There is no single event nor any combination of events that will mark the end of this era, at least none that are worth waiting for.

Don’t wait. Write to Tom and keep the change!

Ponder on the following quotes of Dr. Robert Anthony, a self-help author –

1. “Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don’t count.”

2. “Hope is the expectation that something outside of ourselves, something or someone external, is going to come to our rescue and we will live happily ever after.”

3. “When it becomes more difficult to suffer than to change … you will change.”


Simply put …

Let’s not keep waiting in the hope that something or someone else will make things easier for us.

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