Sometimes this blog
takes on a negative tone. Sometimes it has no choice. The entrepreneur, more
than anyone, must be realistic about the difficulties we face.
The predictions of
recession made in this blog, among many other places, are proving only too
accurate, and it would be a foolish entrepreneur who ignored that. There are
also many other potential threats and difficulties for which we must be ready
if we are to stay in business.
Yet, from time to
time, we must pause to put that negativity in context – because, as
entrepreneurs, we are in fact generally positive about the world, about
business, and about our ability to improve our own lives.
If we were not
essentially optimistic, we could not be entrepreneurs.
So, if it is hard to
see through the gloom on a grey Monday morning, here are just a few reasons to
remind us of the potential implicit in the observation of successful
entrepreneur Scarlett O’Hara that “Tomorrow is another day” :
1 All the setbacks and threats should not
obscure the fact that the global political consensus is still broadly in favour
of ever-increasing free trade
2 The rate of technological progress continues
to exceed all but the most fantastic predictions
3 Whatever the result of the US Presidential
Election, there will at least be a result, which should end much of the current
political and economic uncertainty
4 Although property prices have long been
overdue for a significant readjustment, property remains a sound investment
given the growing world population
5 The perennial optimism of the US consumer is
the foundation of the world’s most enduring enterprise culture, and most
Americans, although worried about 2008, are positive about 2009
6 Above all, we are entrepreneurs – is that
not reason in itself to be happy?