Excelling in a bad economy

Keep on Trying To Try .......... The Joys (thejoys dot ca)

These Can Be Awesome Times

With all the talk these days about bailouts, job loss's and a depressed global economy, people everywhere are becoming scared to move. Scared to spend, scared to invest, scared to upgrade their homes and scared to purchase new auto's. Fear is holding the whole process of recovery back. What can we do to not only survive these times but excel?

I've learned that the best way to move forward in life, is by turning 180 degree's and running in the opposite direction from the masses. That I find is true advise in both good and bad economies.

The entire process of moving forward today is complex. Competition is fierce, buyers are more educated, financing more tricky than any other time in our life time. Yet, now is NOT a time to sit back and wait to see what happens. Now is a time to move forward with all your abilities in motion.

If you have a product or service to market, expect and plan to make multiple calls on every prospect if you are to make a sale. Therefore plan your presentations with that in mind. Prepare yourself ahead for not only for one follow up call, but as many as ten or twelve follow. Plan your follow up process in advance. Design a follow up process. Have a reason planned in advance for every step in the sales process. Add a new and exciting benefit, or a success story from one of your happy customers. That means not telling them every benefit on the initial presentation. Hold some back for your follow up and the process will lead you to the sale you are looking for.

Work daily on your own attitude. Keep yourself positive and excited. Look for new opportunities with every move you make. Opportunities today will go un-noticed if you are negative and not looking for the good things in life as you go about your daily activities.

It is a little known fact that during the depression of the 30's, many self made millionaires of the time made their start.

Unlike the depression of the 30's, where small business's popped up on street corners and concession stands, in todays world, home based business's will flourish in these times. Positive people will turn their non-productive home time into lasting careers, that will continue long after the economies of the world adjust to the new environment.

Home based business's are more flexible and overhead is lower than traditional business.. Seek out a product that has value in the market place today. A system and company are of no value at all if the product has no value to the world. Also make sure you have in interest in the product. Your interest will help you capitalize on your own passion.

Apply yourself with action and keep a positive outlook. Use the Internet as much as you can. The web is full of ways to market online. But, don't stop there. Also network within the community you live in and use New Papers and Mail in practical ways as well. Keep your marketing and advertising costs low and your actions and efforts high.

Use your spare time in a positive creative manner and these times you will find will be the best you ever experienced. Don't look for magic to happen, but look for the tiny signs that show you are winning. The old quote Romes wasn't built in a day must be adhered too. Tiny steps taken forward, when everyone else is sitting watching and waiting, will lead you way ahead of the masses. (see my article here on hubs "Full Speed Ahead, One Inch At A Time.")

Remember, it is when things are bad that creativity and action will give you the greatest edge. While everyone else is tightening their belts and waiting, loosen yours and run like mad..... but run in the opposite direction the masses. Face the fact times are tough with a smile and you will not only survive theses times, but you can and will excel.

Be self motivated... read inspirational stories and share them with your family and friends. Here is a story I wrote ... Mount Destiny

Action today will help us Save the Middle Class. You too can Excel in this Bad Economy!

Love - Light - Laughter

Neil Sperling

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anjalichugh 8 years ago from New York

"Also make sure you have an interest in the product. Your interest will help you capitalize on your own passion."

I picked out this one from your article as it holds much sense. Instead of panicking and indulging in anything that falls in the way, it's sensible to pick something which one can hold on to for a long time.

Thx for a very valuable advice.

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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

anjalichugh- cool - you are first to comment - love the point you made.. thanks

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Melissa G 8 years ago from Tempe, AZ

Excellent hub, Neil! I especially like the bit about maintaining a positive attitude.

Thank you for this great advice!

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Amanda Severn 8 years ago from UK

A good friend of mine once said to me that he'd succeeded most, and had his best business ideas 'when his ass was on the burner'. These challenging times are not all gloom and doom. For every loser there will be a winner. it's a bit like Newtons Law, 'for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.'

Thank you for this sensible, up-beat hub!

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Sigh of Relief 8 years ago from Arkansas

I have saved this Hub to read and re-read. I love your positive attitude and level headed approach to business and life in general. I have had seven weeks of no appraisal orders....first slow time in 20 years in my profession! I spent the first week frozen in fear. Then I got busy, organizing, improving my working environment, reading, learning, and getting outside my comfort zone! I credit friends like you who inspire me to keep growing! My new online financial ventures are begining to pay off as well! I will come out of this a better person!

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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Melissa, Amanda and Sigh of relief - Thank you all for taking the time to comment.

Melissa - I hope you can apply something new after reading this hub.

Amanda - Thanks for your Sensible and upbeat comment <--0-->

Sigh - Wow - you summed up a very positive and "proactive" reply. It is people like you who make sharing worth while... Thank you!

Love - Light - Laughter


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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

This song by the up and coming rock group "The JOYS" fits this article completely.


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BeatsMe 8 years ago

Helpful hub. During hard times, though, it's hard to be tough. It's also hard to not do what everyone else is doing. :)

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Neil Sperling 8 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Beatsme - You said it - but tough times means mental toughness needs to be exercised to one best capabilities.

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morrisonspeaks 7 years ago


I like your thoughts and approach. Thanks for sharing this.

Here's my take on this topic :)


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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

morrison - glad you dropped in and took the time to comment - I appreciate it.

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christinekv 7 years ago from Washington

Nice hub Neil and I totally agree! We need not be bound by fear! The media coverage does cause people to just want to run or stick their heads in the sand! In my opinion, it would be better to leave the TV off and stay away from much of what's in print even (but then we'd be ignorant of where peoples fears are stemming from).

Stay positive and proactive and we will overcome and prosper! (What is that saying about successful people and attitude being 90%?)

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Christine - thanks :-)

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quicksand 7 years ago

Hi Neil!

Positivity has a great effect on everything you do, and brings out the best in you. Thanks for assuring. Assurance of this kind helps to re-construct, or repair mind sets.

Cheers  :)

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Thanks for sharing quicksand

So true - and to be positive and encourage others are two things that the shadow government do not want us to do..... LOL

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linjingjing 7 years ago

Excelling in a bad economy

Funny article

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

linjingjing - Then I am happy I made you smile

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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

I do like your positive attitude but try selling apples on the street corner nowadays, they'd arrest you.

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Dolores - So true - I love N.America for the freedoms we USED to have.

That being said - you can sell apples on ebay with a rental post office box...LOL

where there is the will there is the way

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Valerie Lynn 7 years ago

Great hub. I've been thinking of moving out of a 30 yr prof career, and into what I've always wanted to do. You do have a great talent to inspire. I am sure I will return to this hub in the process of transitioning. Thanks very much. Valerie

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Wow Valerie - thanks for the compliment

Glad it reinforced your thoughts.... Boogie!


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ufgcom 7 years ago from Florida

Good hub. Thinking positive is great. You know there are areas that are flourishing and growing, but the media won't report too much on those area, such as fitness ;)

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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

There is hope despite the economy. We just have to have the determination to get it.

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Lady Rogue 7 years ago from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Thanks for the timely advice. And I agree, it takes more follow-up to close anything requiring an investment of time OR money! It was inspiring to hear it come from someone else!

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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

Neil, As always, inspiring and wonderful hub...with really good advice thrown in! You are truly a light in the darkness. Thanks for the reminder, "run 180 degrees"! Thanks for this!

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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

Good advice no matter what the economic climate is. Negative thinking only begets negative results. Some days it may feel like the only thing you have going for you is your attitude. But that's a pretty powerful thing!

Thanks for this uplifting hub! MM

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DarwinsLaureate 7 years ago

Money is dead, but love is still alive.

What's left and what's next?

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ryankett 7 years ago

I love this hub. I have a little personal motto, its pretty simple "Failing economy? create your own economy". I aim to have 1000 pages of online content, on this site and blogs, by the time the world economy picks up... whenever that may be... By being proactive when things are down, you will benefit when things pick up... watch adsense payments rise in a couple of years (I am the eternal optimist!)

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

ufgcom - So true - the media tells us what they want us to think about.

RGraf - I'm not giving up hope! :-)

Lady Rogue - Follow up Follow up - Follow up ... LOL

Mighty Mom- Keep your attitude girl ... :-)

DarwinsLaureate - Next !!!

ryankett - 1000 pages -- long as you share value - that's a worthy goal that should bring you rewards - but 1000 pages of crap.... your results will follow.... LOL

k@ri - keep running :-)

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Tamarii2 7 years ago from NEW YORK

Thank you for responding to my question.You should publish a book because people seem to respond to your hubs.There must be more within you.Enjoy your journey,Peace.

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Tamarii2 - Wow - what a nice thing to say - Thank you!

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Scott.Life 7 years ago

They say that like attracts like and that being positive will bring more of the same, then I stumble upon you in my fan list out of the blue and read your Hubs and think to myself...FINALLY someone else who is not giving in to fear and inaction. You are the lighthouse on the shore after the storm my friend.

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reconciled heart 7 years ago

I love the part about "running in the opposite direction from the masses"--how true! Keep up the good work!

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Scott.Life - Never been called a light house before - thanks - keep slugin my friend. All is good!

reconciled heart - Thanks for the vote of confidence

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Shayvonharris 7 years ago

Yes, great hub.! Networking and how to maintain a positive attitude is the key to success.

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Margaret Morris 7 years ago

Very encouraging, good advice. By the way, I read another hub in which you wrote about your daughter. It's really wonderful that she's returned to you and your skills are helping her.

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loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

great hub, truly it is not what happens to us but more about what we are going to do about it.....time does seem to march on with or without us.

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Shayvonharris - you are so correct - networking and attitude.

United we fly with the right thinking added! Takes both "thinking right and working with others"

Margaret Morris - Yip - I am one proud Dad - she just graduated from a collage course and is now a P.S.W. (personal support worker) so she will look after her old man when he is old...LOL

loveofnight - time is marching on - and I am late replying to a few posts - thanks for reminding me and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Love - Light - Laughter



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The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

ah...another fine lift for us all. your love for human kind and your straightforward method of delivering it makes all of us better humans.

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Hoop-A-Joo 7 years ago from Los Angeles

we can use all the positive lift up in now days, thank you for great advice.

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Valerie P Brown 7 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

Very interesting hub, filled with good advise and information, Great Job.

Go with God my Friend,


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M. Rose 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

Great hub! Thank you for such positive advice...I didn't know that so many millionaires came out of the Depression! Good to know, and that definitely helps put a bounce in my step again :) Thanks for writing this!

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juneaukid 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

Thanks for your great advice --all of it applies beautifully to hubpaging as well!

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Gicky Soriano 7 years ago from California

In the west, the word “crisis” has come to mean a situation or season in which things are uncertain, difficult, or even painful. It is an especially precarious period when a specific action must be taken to avoid an impending disaster or breakdown looming in the given moment.

In the east, the Chinese word for crisis is a compound of “danger” and “opportunity.” This is in reference to the actual translation of the word weiji. Wei means “dangerous.” Opportunity, on the hand, would generally be translated as jihui, meaning something likened to “moment of chance.” Weiji, then, is probably best translated “dangerous moment,” a pretty accurate definition of “crisis.”

Given the financial struggle we face in this current economic crisis, your hub serves as a challenging reminder that we have before us a window of opportunity, a moment of chance if you will, to overcome this dangerous downturn. As you stated, "it is when things are bad that creativity and action will give you the greatest edge." A timely and excellent article on excelling in a bad economy!

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byee 7 years ago

I bookmarked this hub so I can, from time to time, read it again for inspiration. Very direct and positive. Thanks for the encouragement.

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advoco 7 years ago from cadiz

Inspirational and timely advice. A welcome antidote to negativity.

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Cheeky Girl 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Great inspiring advice for everyone here. What you say about looking for the tiny signs that you are winning and getting things right is very true. A grand hub, to be sure! : )

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Smireles 7 years ago from Texas

Great motivational hub. Thanks so much.

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Debby Bruck 7 years ago

Neil ~ You have an incredible attitude. Just move on through the tough times. No wonder you have so many fans here on Hubpages. I appreciate that you have taken the time to read and comment on my Hubs. Keep smiling and raise your head high!


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Dr. Marie 7 years ago

Really nice Hub. I'm fairly new here, so I am still looking at everything (or trying to). I really enjoy reading things written by folks with a positive attitude, which you obviously have!

Dr. Marie

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Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

The Rope - Thank you -- guess I'll hang in there and keep writing. Appreciate your comments.

Hoop-A-Joo - Thank you too my friend

Valerie P Brown - Yip -- We'll both go with God then, okay?

M. Rose - Keep bouncing my friend

juneaukid - yip - to hub pages too.... Hmmmm Thanks for pointing that out!

Gicky Soriano - let's join hands and jump through that window my friend!

""it is when things are bad that creativity and action will give you the greatest edge."" Great quote too!

byee - your comments encourage me --- thanks a bunch!

advoco - your words are an antidote to negativity to me too!

Cheeky Girl - one tiny sign I keep seeing is you my friend - popping and and inspiring us all. Thanks for being you!

Smireles - Motivation...... lets boogie together then! Yippeee

Debby Bruck - it is friends like I meet here - you included - that make it a whole lot easier to walk with my head held high - Thank you!

Dr. Marie - Why thank you Doc. I appreciate your comment!

Thanks to you all.

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cheaptrick 7 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Hi Neil,sorry I haven't noticed you before,glad I have now.I agree with your assessment of Opportunity during difficult times.My partner and I design alternative businesses and have found these points to be helpful(I'm sure your aware of these already).

Find a need and fill it.

Do so in an honest way.

Stay open(humanitarily)to your clients,it builds credibility.

Get involved with Charities in your Local area.giving starts at home.

Take calculated risks in investments,Hub:The kid made it and I'm real proud.

Be a pioneer not a follower(no pun intended).

Thanks for allowing me to "Drink from your well of knowledge".

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Teresa Laurente 7 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

I like this hub. Very informative. More power. Thank you for sharing this.

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Chaotic Chica 6 years ago

This certainly is a very good hub! My husband and I did just what you said (before I read this, though). I had been laid off and spent a year trying to find work. We had a small business already established but it was more of a part-time hobby than a full time job. After that year of disappointments, we decided to try moving the business out of our backyard, into town, and having me run it full time, sans pay. That was six months ago and now we are expanding to a larger store already and my husband is just about ready to leave his full time job to join me! We knew there was some risk but we'd been living over a year with just one income anyway so if we flopped, we wouldn't be out much! Thankfully it didn't flop!!

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Neil, this is great advice and inspiring for all of us who keep trying and trying and trying some more. Thanks and Peace :)

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Asp52 6 years ago from England

great hub here Neil, fully agree with your ethos. It is a self made man that pulls economies out of the slump. Maybe Governments only put economies into depression.

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Angelique Loux 6 years ago from Ohio

We own a bindrey business in Cincinnati and it is going under as we speak. The printers are doing their own work these days. I with we would of got into printing instead. Great Hub.

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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

This is really great advice here. I agree, now is not the time to sit back and watch what will happen. Staying positive and learning all you can for self improvement and growth, both personal and professional is of utmost importance. Good one. Voted-up/rated.

PS: Good to know that you are your daughter have reconnected and I hope you both will find it to be one of the best things you've done. Have a great day!

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wvierra 6 years ago from Collinsville

Neil--I love this hub, There is so much truth in what you had to say.

Another point I like to Stress is that the depression or even Poverty is non-existent in the online world for the new businesses that pop up online. This is because it takes you out of the local field of business and puts you in a world wide view where you have a much broader market to work with.The only reason a lot of people fall in the online business is ether lack of commitment to fallow threw with a laid out plan, or they just give up if they don't see improvements intently, and in some cases they over budget themselves where they can not follow threw.


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Elijah Returns 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Yeah, tough times are ahead, tougher than most will ever imagine, but great advice Neil

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FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

Love this Hub , very positive , very true and a lot a great ideas ! Saving this one !

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liljen23 6 years ago from Shreveport,LA

Great hub on the making it through the economy. Most people like me need inspiration and the resources like this to move on towards something better. Thanks for the read.. Thumbs up..

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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Oooh great pep talk and reminder.

One of my favorite comedians from many years ago, Moms Mabley, said 'if you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got' - how true. Years ago I gave up this killing schedule where I was so highly educated and worked so hard - for so little. It's only by working smarter and not harder that I am able to function well in this down economy.

I am meeting so many people who are turning out to be creative and enterprising - and it makes for some good conversation. It's amazing how totally dependent we've become.

Great hub. Rated up!

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TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

I live in NYC where we recently read that it costs 4xs as much to live here compared to every other state. I think it's higher - and we get nothing in return. But as a native NYer, we have always been enterprising - it was just a way of life. From the rent parties of the 50s - to dog walking today. Creativity and hustling is what we do.

Great hub! Rated up!

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nettraveller 6 years ago from USA

Inspiring hub! I see you follow your own advice by "following up" on the comments of all your readers. I also liked the little nugget about not telling your potential clients about ALL the benefits of your product right away. You are very insightful, this may indeed become the era of the home-based business.

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Barbara Kay 6 years ago from USA

I found your hub very inspiring also. Good job!

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onlineaddictbooks 6 years ago

I believe in the free market system but ... bailing people out is the most uncapitolistic thing I have ever heard

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chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

I like your good words, which reach out to all of us. Perhaps you have seen my hub about the 'bad times' in Ireland.

Like you, many here are seeing the advantage of creating and using these edgy times to get a new start and using the adversity to create a better society.

We will be back, but slowly.

Thanks for the hub.

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denise mohan 6 years ago from California

2 yrs. and still getting plenty of feedback. I loved this and try to guidline myself in this way

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Just Ask Susan 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great Hub!

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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Oh my gosh - how many comments I missed acknowledging. Sorry folks.

cheaptrick - really appreciated your comments. I love your analysis.

Teresa - glad you found it informative,

Chaotic Chica - I wish for you further expansion - to your success.

Katie - Yip - Never Give Up! Keep trying. Thanks for sharing.

Asp52 - great point.

Angelique - I wish for you a quick turn around - learn and grow - to your future success.

support med - Love your comment - and thanks for acknowledging my daughters growth.

wvierra - Thankyou for your comment

Elijah - thanks for reading and sharing

your thoughts

first step - glad you took the step to read and comment - looking forward to seeing you drop back

bkcreative - too dependent we have become - I agree - thanks for the vote

thefirstlady - creativity and hustle - keep on trucking but thanks for taking time to stop.

nettraveller - LOL - yip - I follow up - too late on this hub for some reason - tanks a billion for sharing.

Barbara - glad it inspired you.

online addicts - is it a bail out or a hand UP?

chspublish - We'll see you along your journey as you come back with us. Thanks for commenting

Denise Mohan - appreciate your comment and sharp eye - good observation. thanks for commenting.

just ask Susan - glad you liked it!

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imatellmuva 6 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

Neil Sperling...I'm so glad that you found me!! You offer so many wonderful insights...all the things that I need to know and hear...uhm read!!! THANK YOU!!!

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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

imatellmuva - wow -- how did i miss your post.... thanks - a lot late - but thanks just the same

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Derdriu 5 years ago

Neil Sperling: Thank you for your emphasis on the powers of planned, positive, prescient thoughts and actions which are future oriented towards success and happiness because they are fearlessly organized and present based.

Voted up, and also all categories,


P.S. Thank you for including the videos.

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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

derdriu - again thanks for the comments and votes - glad you enjoy the videos too

Anadirunika 4 years ago

Любовь не причиняет страданий, она делает людей счастливыми и благодарными друг другу за терпение и уважение в столь самоотверженном подвиге, который они рука об руку по жизни этой несут вместе. Действительно, любовь это подвиг, так как нужно всегда быть наготове и, что бы ни случилось, продолжать любить.

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Neil Sperling 4 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada Author

Anadirunka - here is your translated comment - Noce -- Thanks

"Love does not cause suffering, it makes people happy and grateful to each other for the patience and respect in such a selfless deed, which they hand in hand on the life of the bear together. Indeed, love is a feat, since we must always be ready, and that whatever happens, continue to love."

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