My friend Jeff Cornwall has a great post this morning on his blog The Entrepreneurial Mind. It is titled Seeing Things "Half Full" is more Important Than Ever!
This post really resonated because it hit me right where I have been feeling a bit sensitive. I realized a week or two ago that part of what has been holding me back from posting on my own blog is the fact that I've been paying too much attention to the "half empty" negativity associated with so much of what is going on right now, especially in Washington. It seems like the D.C. crowd has tapped into a never-ending stream of policy decisions that have nothing but negative implications for entrepreneurs, small business owners, job creation, and much of what matters to me as a blogger, entrepreneur, and citizen. I don't really want to post about what goes on in Washington but I do want to post with a positive attitude that is hard to muster right now.
Jeff's post was a useful kick in the butt. I shouldn't ignore what's going on in D.C. but I need to tap my deep-seated optimism in the power of mainstream Americans to use free markets, innovation, and the strengths of our system and culture to continue to create vital and growing new businesses even in the fact of (hopefully) misguided policies. Besides, that's the only way we're going to put the economy back on a growth track - it can't and won't happen through centralized decision-making in Washington.