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Quit waiting for things to happen

By   /   November 16, 2012  /   Comments

“I wish something good would happen.”  I’ve heard that phrase repeatedly, but I tend to ask the person what they’re doing to make thing happen?  After all, great things never just happen.  Great things aren’t accidents.  They are the culmination of things you did so they can happen.

What about lottery winners?  I know someone is thinking that, and I’ll acknowledge that luck can play a part in the matter.  Still, winning the lottery is a culmination of one’s actions. For that to happen, one must first buy a lottery ticket with the correct combination of numbers on it.  Oh, being lucky helps, which is where plans that revolve around lottery winnings are generally an awful way to live your life.

We find ourselves in a difficult financial time.  Many businesses, including this one, are struggling.  People look around and they want to know why they are having these problems.  Me?  Not so much.

You see, problems are problems, and they are usually the culminations of thing you did as well.  I have made mistakes with this paper, and I have little doubt that some of our problems stem from those decisions.  Now, economics plays a bit of a factor, but look at the businesses that are thriving?  They’re thriving in the same economy that other businesses are falling apart on.

Greatness of any type requires a great deal of skill, talent, and a certain level of brilliance.  Steve Jobs is, hands down, one of the most brilliant we will see in our life time.  While Bill Gates is arguably a better businessman, it was Jobs that changed our world forever.

However, greatness can exist at a more humble level.  There are those here in town that have achieved it.  No, I’m not talking about the Lee County trio of Luke Bryan, Phillip Phillips and Buster Posey.  While they have achieved that as well, I was talking about people who have opened businesses and made those businesses thrive.

Good things happen all the time.  They’ve happened to people like my friend, Bo Henry.  However, Bo didn’t just have things happen.  He made those things happen, and there is the difference.

As a community, it’s beyond time that more of us do just that.  We need to make good things happen.  Can you stumble?  Yep.  I reached out, and I’m stumbling right now.  However, it’s far better if you reach and stumble than to just sit there wondering where your “piece of the pie” is.

I’ll get my piece, because I’m reaching for it.  The question is, will you?

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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