The bitter truth of the “New, Global Economy”
Above is the picture of corporate America. In Asheville, NC, the landscape of “Main Street” — using this as a blanket definition of uptown — has already changed. There was an article written recently in a local paper which noted “25 restaurants leaving, and 25 restaurants coming.”
And it’s not just restaurants. Some have opened; some not. The opinion of the day is a sort of, “at your own risk,” so to speak. The bad part — there is no insurance against an unseen enemy. Yesterday, President Trump wore a mask for the first time in public. What does that tell you? Do you think we are “flattening the curve?” Probably not.
I recently asked a surgeon at the largest hospital system in town — 10,000 employees on the payroll. Now owned by HCA Healthcare, the new, corporate behemoth can’t really share too much information — and really wouldn’t want to; reputation matters after all — so I asked the most reliable source I could think of. It was about three weeks ago now, and our conversation went like this:
“It seems to me that things are starting to get better.”
“Spend a day in the ER. I can promise you, I am not seeing [the numbers] a decline.”
So there you have it. As they say, and as we have seen all over Twitter #heroesdontallwearcapes
Above is the “Face of the Nation” we should be following. Why not New Zealand? Why not Australia? Some Middle-Eastern companies have retraced on the idea of people in public, making it forbidden. Why aren’t we playing “follow-the-leader” with them?
I get that the economy is not only the engine of American, but the financial engine which runs the World as a byproduct.
So here is an idea: Manufacturing has stepped in to do more than their part. Amazon, WalMart, Costco, UPS, Fedex, end even companies like Chewy, Box, and even meal preparation companies have kept the homes of America nourished. Door Dash has a new — but rather inflated — valuation of $16B. Amazon or Microsoft will be the first company to reach a $2T valuation. Postmates was purchased by UBER. And what does Warren Buffet buy? How about banking, energy and airline stocks. Why you ask, because they are undervalued. Will it take 2–5 years for him to reap real rewards on these investments, sure? But hey, why have a long-term, wealth creation plan in place anyway, right? It’s not like another financial crisis is coming…or something.
I’ve mentioned several things previously: Slow down, evaluate your goals — how about beginning to work toward your dreams with some extra time enjoy the little things; make family a priority; or maybe even work toward a better relationship(?); learn to work slow and work with a purposeful and intentional mindset — build relationships, not customers(?); another good idea, perhaps. Find joy, wherever that is for you; internally or externally. Focus on re-prioritizing your values. All of these aforementioned are suggestions, but I am drinking from the well of my own ideas.
- Stay home, stay safe. The office may not be there, but work will, and ideally, you will. Not a bad idea anyway. I recently heard of an office closing in the technology corridor of North Carolina. 700 employees will never return to the office, they will work remotely from now on. The wheels that are the financial engine of the global economy will eventually start rolling a bit faster. The question: Will you have harnessed the precious moments, or will they have been squandered like the last twenty years? Time flies, right?
- Let the scientists work. And maybe even follow their lead. BIG GOVERNMENT, how about: not so much.
- Digest only news that is important for your safety and the safety of others you care for. News is news, and my personal compass points to cautionary consumption. David Muir’s segment on those who are actually making a difference in the world comes in the last two minutes of his show. “So, you mean to tell me that the top news anchor in the world intentionally, only dedicates two minutes for good?” There is an earth shattering indicator that we need change in the World. Here’s your sign.
- Re-prioritize. Family goals, life goals, work goals, relationship goals — all lives matter; last time I checked, mine is on a truncated time frame, and is without doubt, finite. The government will still print money, but where will we spend it if the unseen enemy cannot be harnessed, or at least captured?
I’m no “Phi Betta Kappa” or Rhodes scholar, but I’m smart enough to know the leading epidemiologists see this as a race against the clock, and also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. They can, collectively, figure it out. Trust me.