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thank_you_multi_lingual.jpgI’ve lost track of how many times I’ve tried to write this year’s Thanksgiving message, changed my mind, and had to start over. So what I’m going to do is just restate last year’s message (you can click here and re-read last year’s post if you like). Your support helps give my family a way of life for which we are very, very grateful, and we indeed can’t find the words nor can we say it often enough or loud enough! Or in enough languages, for that matter! But we are grateful for you!

As grateful as we are, we’re ever mindful that all of us are taking part in times of unprecedented economic uncertainty, and that can be a little discouraging. I wish I had some powerful FDR or Ronald Reagan-like message of hope to convey, but I don’t. I can just remind us how Dale Carnegie said we’ll always be better off if we count our blessings and not our troubles.

I shared this link in a previous post, and I think it continues to put things into perspective in that regard. I encourage you to click here to view this amazing tribute to a father and son team who compete in triathlons, but their story is quite unique. If the video doesn’t fill in all the blanks on their story, you can visit the Team Hoyt website and learn more about them.

I encourage you to watch this, reflect upon it, have a relaxing holiday, then watch it again Monday morning and get fired up about ending 2008 with a bang and not a whimper!

Thank you for being a part of our lives and from our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!  


Our Daily Bread?

By Dr. Burt Smith November 3rd, 2008

panaera-like sandwiches_1.jpgJim Cramer recently had an insightful interview with the CEO of Panera Bread.

Click here for the video.

Great lessons here that we’ve talked about in previous blogs. You can click these links and revisit:

Don’t cut the price, build the brand!

Give yourself a raise by improving operations!

Plus a fine example of how a well run organization can actually prosper in a downturn! Because Panera Bread is in a good cash position, they’ll be in a better spot to acquire the locations they want at good prices and grow at a deliberate pace. They’ll have an eager labor pool to draw from, too, so they can add the best quality team members to take care of their customers as they expand.

Nobody likes a downturn, but they are going to happen, they’re beyond our control, so our best action is to have strategies available in advance that let us capitalize on them.

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