Wednesday, January 16, 2013

INSIGHT: Give Progress A Play

A Part of The Solution

Just who's who among American companies helping to restore jobs and careers:
  • Chipping in to make a real difference in our economic outlook, CEO and founder, Jeff Bezos announced a while back; his intent to again reach out to American veterans interested in employment in his fast growing retail corporation. Since 1994--and likely even earlier-- Amazon has aggressively sought to hire veteran workers for its  online, warehouse, and other positions.
  • Walmart: Yesterday Walmart  followed suite. Veterans hoping to find work are invited to apply for all kinds of positions in nearby locations.                                                                                                                
  • Zippo Lighters: While many companies could not hold ground during the preceding two decades, Zippo Lighters possessed enough wisdom to diversify. Expanding as well to other consumer demanded products--pens, camper equipment, etc.--the company sustained itself and kept its employees'  jobs afloat.                                   
President Franklin Roosevelt said in one of his fireside chats, albeit on another matter, "All we have to fear is fear itself."  

The road ahead will not be an easy one but it does not have to be an impossible one.  If business owners grasp that people spend (buy) when they have jobs; and that people pay taxes when they have jobs-- it becomes clear that hiring aspirant workers now can become part of the means of addressing budget issues all of our current lawmakers are hoping to ameliorate.

A Part of The Problem

When we are persuaded that fear is a better option than choosing to do what we can do to help the economy--as, Walmart, and Zippo Lighters are already doing--that is when we become a part the problem.

We should never discount our  own ability to influence our environment  and others. We should want to be a contributor to the good that our society so desperately needs. We must take action to will that good into existence.  All of us...

Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
                                                                        --President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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