Tuesday, July 10, 2007


Today, I went to one of my best friend's Steve Spicer's funeral. There was a story in the Record about him. Tough day.

Last week I met with a couple of YPO friends from Zimbabwe. They own a food distribution business. The government has seized their warehouse and is forcing them to sell at half their cost (see story) in an attempt to curb the rampant inflation. They have also jailed their senior executives. Of course, this results in losses that will likely force them out of business causing Zimbabwe to lose valuable entrepreneurs.

So what do these 2 things have in common? Possibly they give me perspective. I have challenges but they are small compared to what others face.


At 6:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only are the entrepreneurs in a tough spot, but so is the government of Zimbabwe. The government wants to provide food at a reasonable cost, and that is a laudable goal. What your entrepreneur friends (and the gov't) should do is seek a solution where both business and population thrive. That will be mutually beneficial.

At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe, Jim, but I don't think that dealing with the loss of a good friend, especially at a young age, is a time for perspective. We are given very few good friends in life. Losing them leaves a hole. And grief is like a stone we use to partially fill the hole. Be we need to heft the stone and get a sense of its texture. Leave perspective for a while.


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