The twelve months known as 2008 have been an education for many people.
If we’ve learned anything recently, we should have learned simple two-word lesson, but some of us are still learning, including employees at the Detroit newspapers.
The Detroit News and Free Press papers just announced they will be the first major metropolitan newspaper in the country t not deliver its publication daily. Slow to embrace the Internet, they’ve even been offering the paper at no charge, but people still don’t want it.
Unprepared for change, newspapers are not just trying to make a profit, they are fighting for their existence. The newspaper industry’s troubles have been brewing for a while, but people in Michigan are blaming the economy and other issues. That’s how we know that the two-word lesson still hasn’t taken root.
Of course, it’s not too late to learn (or re-learn) the lesson. I teach this message for a living, so it breaks my heart goes out to anyone who still hasn’t taken action on this two-word lesson.
The two words are: Be prepared.
This slogan has been around for a while. Written by Robert Baden-Powell exactly 101 years ago, the phrase, “Be prepared,” was originally a simple lesson for the scouts. Yet, “be prepared” is a haunting bit of advice for anyone who was caught cash-poor during the recession.
So, repeat after me . . . “Be prepared.” One way to stay up to snuff is to be always learning.
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