2020 has certainly thrown our personal and professional worlds into disarray. Listening to a news program several months ago, I was reminded by a fellow ND alumnus of the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr:
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Kitty and I have grown tired of the negativism and divisiveness of the highly partisan electorate. Change is in the air and we believe this phenomenon can work for us. The response to my last blog Making the World Less Crazy was incredibly positive, but it is time to move forward. We need to begin thinking about what the business and exporting environment will look like post-recovery and how we can capitalize on the chaos and change all around us.
There is a great future ahead if we keep advancing globalism. I have been reminded of the favorable effects of globalism in several books I’ve reread this year; Thank you for Being Late by Thomas Friedman, Factfulness by Hans Rosling and The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley.
Why am I optimistic about globalism and opportunities for Exporters in 2021?
We will soon start our sixth year of the Tradewinds Council™ https://www.jimthomasintl.com/the-tradewinds-counciltrade.html . We are Minnesota exporters looking to advance and grow through common experiences. We never run out of topics to discuss. We have added scheduled virtual meetings to our 2021 program. Contact Kenan Hanhan or me with membership questions and test drive a meeting (next one is a virtual meeting February 12 over the lunch hour). The topic is Using Video as Sales Tool.
Remember: We cannot get through these times without each other so embrace each other virtually for the time being!
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