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It’s Over

December 31st, 2009

2009 is over.  The entire decade is over.

It’s all history.  I hope you did stuff you were proud of.  I did a few things I’m proud of, and have a few projects that will roll over to next year.

I even have a project I’ll rollover for anytime next decade.

The point is, no matter what you wanted to do, no matter what your good intentions were, it’s too late to count them for this last year or decade.

What you choose to do now, each day, each month, each year, is a part of the legacy you leave.  Hopefully your legacy will be rich and meaningful, not a simple byline.

You, I, we, have the power to do and change.

So get busy.

Or, as Dory from Finding Nemo sings, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming!

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4 responses to “It’s Over”

  1. reinkefj says:

    OK, you feel for the anti-mathematical propaganda. (I had teacher in high school geometry that ranted until we understood cardinality and ordinality. Year 1 ends 12/31/0001. By extrapolation, the “first decade” runs from 1/1/1 until 12/31/0010. Run it forward to today; this is the last year of the decade. Redefining decade? Maybe a new word.

    On a more serious note, the urge to a decade review before the decade ends is indicative of time compression and language corruption. It’s indicative of our short term thinking and that’s one thing that is killing us as a civilization and a society. Corporations and their investors focus on the quarter’s results. Executives are compensated (excessively) on short term results that themselves create a contrary incentive.

    GM is a classic example. Well compensated execs signed labor contracts that ENSURED the demise of the company. That string of executives are long gone, like the train robbers of old, and the people are reaping the negative rewards. We didn’t even have the common sense to INSIST that the corpse be buried in bankruptcy. Instead we now have another gooferment department that will be a drain on the Public’s purse for decades to come.

    We need to change our focus. And, the tax code policy.

    The model of the “family farm” is a better one. Sustainable over eons. An inter-generational asset. Instead, the estate taxes ensure that it has to be sold to pay the death taxes. Crazy. Family farms, family businesses, and such are all at risk. SO the thinking becomes short term.

    The Dead Old White Guys had the gooferment running on import duties. That would have ensured that industries couldn’t be moved overseas. Now we have to look for wealth building activities that we can do that are NOT off-shorable. Farming, and food production, seems to be a great idea. We can feed the world.

    So here we are at the end of my rant. The decade “mistake” points out our short term focus. The short term focus has led us to make some very bad mistakes. (Age discrimination being one of them. That calendar thing again!) Those mistakes when recognized can lead us to a long term solution.

    Yeah, I know get a job.

  2. Teena Rose says:

    My grandson is a huge fan of Finding Nemo; and after watching the movie, I always have “just keep swimming, just keep swimming” stuck in my head … sometimes for days. I made the mistake of watching the video included in your post, and now it will be stuck in my head today too. Thanks Jason. :/

    Regards,
    @teenarose

  3. Kathy Bitschenauer says:

    Hi, Jason,

    Happy New Year to you!

    Love your message and the video of Nemo.

    Just keep swimming…until you reach your goal…never give up…take the unknown road…go with a friend (Nemo went with Dora)…don’t be lone ranger…be positive…look forward, not backward (to last year)…all good stuff.

    I would add: Review 2009 for successes, strategies that were beneficial, and for new relationships/partnerships gained…all that will help you move forward in 2010.

    Next, review 2009 for anything that did not work, partnerships that went south, projects that didn’t produce the desire results…and find the golden nuggets in the “negatives” so you don’t repeat the same mistakes and will make wiser choices and decisions going forward in 2010.

    Best,

    ~Kathy

  4. Kathy Bitschenauer says:

    Hi, Jason,

    Happy New Year to you!

    Love your message and the video of Nemo.

    Just keep swimming…until you reach your goal…never give up…take the unknown road…go with a friend (Nemo went with Dory)…don’t be lone ranger…be positive…look forward, not backward (to last year)…all great stuff.

    I would add: Review 2009 for successes, strategies that were beneficial, and for new relationships/partnerships gained…all that will help you move forward in 2010.

    Next, review 2009 for anything that did not work, partnerships that went south, projects that didn’t produce the desire results…and find the golden nuggets in them…so you don’t repeat the same mistakes and will make wiser choices and decisions going forward in 2010.

    Best,

    ~Kathy

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