self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies” [Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary]

Now that you and I are in the automobile business thanks to our government’s investment of our money into General Motors, maybe it’s time to look at some of our preconceived ideas.  (I wonder when I’m going to get my company car?  A Corvette would be nice.)

Face it, we’re in unchartered waters here.  No time in history has ever been quite like this one and the rules have changed.  Our parents generation looked at “the big threee” automakers with almost a reverent awe.   Post WWII America was all about cars and jobs and GM, Ford, and Chrysler created both.  They were invincible.  Or so it seemed.

Japan and Germany and Italy were in shambles.  The war had taken its toll.  There was little or no manufacturing.  What a difference fifty years makes!  Now the taxpayers are bailing out GM.  Chrysler is about to be sold again, this time to an Italian company while our driveways are full of Toyotas and Volkswagons.

Smarter people than me will have to explain what happened, but I am smart enough, and so are you, to learn from the past.  Today’s lesson:  Don’t be complacent!

The one thing we can be sure of is that things are going to change.  When they do, we have to be ready.  The Internet changes everything.  Cell phones change everything.  Computers change everything.  And we ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

You don’t have to be a psychic.  You don’t need a crystal ball.  But you do need to pay attention.  Know what’s a fad and what’s a trend.  Microsoft thought the Internet was a fad and was slow to get on board.  They were left at the starting gate.  Lucky for them, they were able to use their size and strength to catch up.  You and I aren’t so lucky.  We have to work smarter and harder.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  The “Serenity Prayer” from Alcoholics Annonymous might just be a good mission statement for all of us.

Have a great weekend!

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