I was asked by a major Business Magazine to answer the following questions for an article. Hoping you find my responses interesting.
Have you personally experienced anxiety and or depression about the economy and describe how you are handling that? No – because I know the economy cycles every 7 – 11 years. This just happens to be a big BUMP!
How long has it lasted and is it abating given the government intervention of the past several days? I think they should have passed the first bailout and not added all the pork. Some of the issues added are totally stupid and MY tax dollars are paying for it. Now that ticks me off. Can being ticked off be considered anxiety?
Are people you work with experiencing anxiety and depression and have they been willing to discuss it with you? Yes – anxiety.
Is your company doing anything collectively to address emotional difficulties among staff and what are those measures? No it is business as usual – and for some reason when the economy gets crazy, my business remains steady.
Do you find your own emotional barometer paralleling that of the stock market and to what extent is activity on the stock market an accurate reflection of our economic wellbeing in the U.S.? I think the economic barometer is 50% right. I also think there are many global entities that can manipulate the market electronically. I cannot change that, but what I can do is vote for people that I believe will act in the best interest of my family and my business. I believe it is time for every US citizen to take personal responsibility for their spending habits, their credit scores and to dump their sense of entitlement.
Think about what JFK said … Ask not what you country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. I am personally hearing people say … Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your government can do for you. I’m sick of it. I will continue to focus on personal responsibility for all!
What would have to happen for you to feel rejuvenated and confident about business and the U.S. economy? For the stock market to stabilize, eliminate pork spending, reduce my taxes, stop the entitlement programs, make people take personal responsibility for their choices, and control illegal immigration. I still see “hiring smiling faces” signs all over the place. We have many citizens that could take these jobs but they are too proud. We need strong leadership, experience and a business perspective elected to cure our problems. And we still live in the best country in the world – warts and all.
Are you doing anything or several things to elevate your mood like listening to upbeat music, reading motivational materials, increasing exercise, etc? Please describe. I don’t listen to the news. I have a home page set up on my computer with “snippets” of what is happening in the world. It takes me about 2 minutes to understand to take the global pulse. Otherwise, I continue to read stimulating books, exercise daily and communicate with up beat people.
With the holidays approaching are you doing anything to limit expectations among family friends or are you planning something different to celebrate at this difficult time? Ask friends to donate to my favorite charity Arizona Magic of Music and Dance for Special Needs Children vs. giving gifts. Charities will take a big hit in this economy so we need to give them extra focus – especially around the holidays.
Would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts? Marsha
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