Wild West was Won with Heart and Passion - Inspires Business Growth Initiatives for the New Economy
April 16, 2009
I am convinced that business done with heart and passion is the business that will endure.
I had the opportunity to visit Eastern Oregon last week as a keynote for a local business resource fair. I was WOW'd from the time I drove into town until 24 hours later when I left.
Baker City, Oregon in times far past held it's claim as the premier social center with the largest population in Oregon. It's residents are enamored with the beauty of the area and burst with pride at their history. For example, over 100 buildings in the downtown are over 100 years old. After hanging out with them for one day, I was sold!
It was the collaboration of several entities that brought this event into fruition. I believe it is this type of cooperation that will enable us to weather this storm and come out on the other side wiser, better positioned, and cared for in the process.
It is tough times that bring out the leader within!
My presentation covered many every day strategies to sharpen your entrepreneurial edge and do business in this new economy which I hoped inspired them as much as their efforts and outreach inspired me.
Let the lessons from the Wild West inspire you...
Travel with folks going your way. Hang out with positive, forward thinking people. Build your power team. Share the work.
When trouble comes. Circle the wagons. This is not to deny the recession we are in but rather to accept where we are and do what we can to make a difference in the world.
Keep moving toward the goal. You will be surprised at the difference in your ability to see bigger and take positive action when you see others finding success and opportunity just by their attitude.
I want to publicly commend the local players in Baker City who work together to serve their community.
Wherever you are, there are resources like these and more! Working together we will get through!
Keep looking forward.
PS There are not many towns where you can visit the local wine bar to meet the reporter who wrote about you in the local paper...where he was the entertainment! Ed Merriman with the Baker City Herald is not only a talented reporter but also musician. Thanks, Ed for all your efforts on our behalf.
If you ever get to Baker City, the first Friday is the Gallery Crawl. This is a VERY fun way to spend the evening. The Geiser Grand Hotel is a must visit for the restaurant or lodging. Start your day at Mad Matilda's for coffee and the Earth & Vine for a night cap.