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FDR and His First Inagural Address



By: Lynn Bacon, CPLC, CRC, CFC


One of our country's greatest presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt made one of the greatest speeches that still rings true today.  He said,  


This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance  ." 


I underlined the parts that you've heard many times - but the rest of it is really important too.  It's important to know that there were companies and industries that prospered during the Great Depression, like the railways, radios and movie theaters.  General Foods, Johns Manville, Sears, Standard Oil and US Steel all did well during the depression.  There's really no reason to think that certain companies and industries won't do well during our current difficulties either.  It all depends on the attitudes of the people running them


Let go of the fear!!!  Yes, it is scary when we think about all that is happening but if you think of this as an opportunity, the possibilities are endless.  I like to think about everything as a see-saw.  Remember being on those as a kid?  One of you goes up and the other goes down and it's back and forth. 


So, if the economy is down ... what is going up? 


How can you be a part of what's going up? 


How can you CREATE something that can go up? 

First, it is so important to realize that we will revive and prosper again.  So, here, we have a choice.  You can either sit back and wait for that to happen, or you can step up and become part of the revival.  So, how are you going to do that?   


This is where I'm going to challenge you in the coming weeks.  The things that you can fear are as endless as your imagination, but the reality is that in the absence of fear you can create, achieve and attract great things into your life.   


Are you going to retreat - or are you going to advance?  It's your choice





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