We are on the road to recovery in health care- or are we? This year we passed two bills: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Â (known as the “Senate bill”), and the “House Bill”, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R.Â 4872).Â However, neither of these bills really reformed healthcare- but they did address the healthcare insurance issue.
Last week, I differentiated between what is our Vision, Mission, and Goals. We tend to focus on those goals- we have something in mind, hone in on it, and drive relentlessly to complete it. We put together these goals to achieve the success we desire in our lives. Others may have goal(s) in mind, but life (or lassitude) helps divert them (or us) from focusing and completing that goal in a reasonable amount of time (and reasonable is in the eye of the beholder). But, we all understand that we need to develop goals, plan to achieve them, and get what we want from life.
In the personal and professional sense, a vision is a view for the future. Of course, that is what the prophets provided us in the bible- but, in today’s day and age, none of us are prophets, and no one (who does not want to be committed) will certify that Hashem/The Lord/G-d/Allah has provided them such information.
I keep reading that more people should be starting their own businesses, mostly in reaction to the current employment levels. I am certainly not against the foundation of new enterprise- but there needs to be an acknowledgment of the pitfalls involved. Most new businesses fail within the first three years- so it’s not a panacea, it won’t (necessarily) solve your financial dilemnae.
You might think that when we (start to, continue to ) invest in new energy-producing alternatives, we will solve our “big oil” problem. NOT! We need gasoline and/or diesel fuels for the foreseeable future. Our transportation system relies on liquid-based fuels. Yes, we can convert these vehicles to electricity (with major improvements to the existing technologies), but the transition will be much slower than you would think. If we had sufficient supplies of electric vehicles (and they were reliable) and outlawed (not likely at all) the sale of all gasoline powered vehicles tomorrow , it would be at least 10 years before there would be a noticeable drop in gasoline consumption. (Consumers don’t trade in all their cars every year, consumers buy used cars, etc.)
Disclaimer: I am a chemical engineer; when I was first being trained as an undergraduate, I was among the very, very few that had no desire to enter the petrochemical industry (even academia was slanted towards their patrons, by the way).
The economy has turned- or has it? People are spending- or are they? With all of these turbulent thoughts, how do you make sure your company is on an even keel- or improving?