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  Is It Time to Re-pot Yourself?

“Re-potting means accepting that the way is forward, not back. It means realizing that we won’t again fit into our old shells. But that’s not failure. That’s living.”
                                               -Heather Cochran

Storm Damage
Hurricane Irma came through our state last month.  It left a path of devastation. We spent several hours with 90+ mile per hour winds.  The next morning, we were relieved to see that the damage to our house and our neighborhood was minimal. What a relief!


As we began to put things back in to place and clean up, I realized that several potted plants needed to be moved to larger containers.  I spent the next afternoon moving them and adding more soil.


This came up in a casual conversation.  I was having lunch with a friend and he mentioned that he was taking a sabbatical from some of his social activities. 

“I’m re-potting myself,” he said with a grin. “What do you mean?” I asked.


He explained, “I need to get rid of the stale soil around me, put myself in a larger place, let my roots grow, do some personal pruning and let my roots grow."


Wow! What a novel approach to reinvention. 


The recent recession forced many who were “pot bound” to become stagnant and quit producing new growth.  But others have found new ways to re-pot themselves.  Financial institutions once thought to be the bedrock of stability are receiving bailouts from the United States government at taxpayer expense. Many banks once thought to be successful because of their enormous size now have been bought out in the diminishing hope they can stay in business.


Many companies have gone back to basic customer service.  Banks, credit unions and chambers of commerce are using apps and the internet to assist their member businesses instead of waiting on people to walk into their lobbies.  It’s their attempt to recapture an audience who feels overlooked.  Companies like Toys R Us that didn’t seize the opportunity to sell on the internet are going out of business.


Organizations that were once strong became stagnant in the changing global climate. Meanwhile, their competition “re-potted” themselves and carved out new and more successful niches in the market.  They have seen shifting ground and taken a new position in business and service to customers.


*What storms have you faced that are forcing you to look at the “container” you are in… and look for more or different space?


Safe Ground?

The playing field is changing.  What was once thought of as safe ground is now unstable and shifting.  Puerto Rico was recently swept by two major hurricanes within two weeks.  Homes were destroyed, the power grid was down for weeks and many were left homeless by the wind damage.  Tidal surges took property, lives and everything in its path, leaving destruction in its wake.


It’s as if a giant hurricane swept across the global market during the past decade and nothing will ever be the same again. 

Some already know how to take advantage...




Best of the Web

*Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy
What was their downfall?
*Will Millenials Make the 60 Second Ad Disapper?
How are they changing broadcast media?
*Eight Businesses That Immediately Regretted Decisions
You can learn from their mistakes...


   A Reinvention Story
These are ordinary people who used circumstances, skills or inspiration to change their lives and the world around them. Perhaps they will inspire your reinvention. Enjoy!

Divorced, homeless and living in a Ford Tempo - depending on assistance from friends, He realized he had reached his lowest point in life, but still knew what he wanted to do… be on television.  


His first marriage ended in divorce and he found himself homeless, working occasional jobs in night clubs for little money in stand-up comedy.


Who said, "You can't go forward and backwards at the same time."?


Reinvention Nation Blog


 Is a College Degree
as Valuable Now?

Today more colleges are awarding degrees to people who cannot find employment.  Young people have been told since I was a child that a four-year degree would be the ticket to employment and wealth.
Yet the blogs from graduates of my college today all are filled with graduates seeking some kind of employment.
The fact is that today there are more blue collar jobs available that pay in the five-digits for people than ever before.  Mike Rowe, of the television show, "Dirty Jobs says that trade schools outnumber major universities in placing graduates in full-time employment.


Alice Cooper
"Mistakes are part of the game. It's how well you recover from them, that's the mark of a great player.
"If you're listening to a rock star in order to get your information on who to vote for, you're a bigger moron than they are."
"Why be boring? Have some fun. Rock shows should be like movies: I don't go to a movie hoping it'll change my life."

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