In 1962, the U.S. economy was expanding. The American Dream was prosperity, and we worked hard to achieve it. Little did we know that Japan would soon be making superior products to those of American factories. At the time, we did not see a future global economy, the effects of huge numbers of Baby Boomers entering the workforce or the shift to overcapacities from unmet demands.
So much has changed from when I first entered this industry. If nothing else, I can look back and say that I did the following.
- Created jobs for people
- Solved problems and challenged paradigms
- Made money for myself and others
- Made people smile and sometimes laugh
- Traveled extensively
- Followed ethical guidelines - often at the expense of people's feelings
All things considered, I hope that I gave more than I received.
I am committed to a few projects already, including:
- Socrates Café - I plan to establish as many as I can in North Carolina. If you watch the behavior of Congress members, you can understand the need to re-teach people how to communicate. If interested, look up Socrates Café on the Internet.
- The Sibbex Group - This will be started to help companies deal with needed changes to survive in the coming era.
- Small people sports - I have agreed to work with and for my son as a coach for the years when our grandsons are active.
Several companies have approached me to help them, but I have made no decision in any direction. Whatever I do, I will not consult where I don't really understand the details of a client's business. After 43 years, I think I have a fairly good understanding of our industry.
Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank all the people who taught me so much and helped me along over the years. I also want to thank Teresa and ASI for the opportunity to send this message to the industry.