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This nice story was on one of my yahoo group sites that I subscribe to and would like to share it with you. I have tried researching where it came from and no one seems to know. I am posting it as unknown author unless someone knows who wrote the story. It is very appropriate for the times we are in right now. So enjoy and we all can learn a valuable lesson from this. I know I have.

The Man Who Sold Hot Dogs  

There was a man who lived by the side of the road and sold hot dogs.

He was hard of hearing so he had no radio.
He had trouble with his eyes so he read no newspapers.
But he sold good hot dogs.

He put up signs on the highway telling how good they were.
He stood on the side of the road and cried; “buy a hot dog, mister?
And people bought.

He increased his meat and bun orders.
He bought a bigger stove to take care of his trade.
He finally got his son home from college to help him out.
But then something happened.

His son said, “Father, haven’t you been listening to the radio?
Haven’t you been reading the newspapers?
There’s a big depression.
The European situation is terrible.
The domestic situation is worse.”
Where upon the father thought, “well, my son’s been to college, he
reads the papers and he listens to the radio, and he ought to know.”

So the father cut down on his meat and bun orders, took down his
advertising signs, and no longer bothered to stand out on the highway
to sell his hot dogs.
And his hot dog sales fell almost overnight.

“You‘re right, son” the father said to the boy.
“We certainly are in the middle of a great depression.”

Or are we?????



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      Tamra wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • I know where I am, no depression here.  But I live in oil country, and the jobs in that industry are plentiful and usually good pay scales.  I don’t think I can compare us to the whole nation, though.

      I also have family in Florida.  They have been in a slow down for a few years now.  I think at this point you could even call it a depression.

      I get what you are saying.  But given the media’s adoration of Obama, I don’t think this message will continue for long if there is some other way to spin it, ie, some positive economic indicators begin to appear.



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      UK Girl wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • I know it's scary but actually now is the time to be bold – find your niche and be bold and luck will be with you as everyone will retreat ...



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      Tamra wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • Good thought, Ukgirl.  There will be some courageous, creative people that will come out of this much better off than they would have been otherwise.

      I hope I’m one of them.  Ha!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • Here’s my thought to the story “Is it better to know or not know?”



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      Tamra wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • CD, good question......

      I guess it’s better to make up your own mind based on the data.  (As if that’s an easy thing to do.....)

      Or find an unbiased, knowledgeable source you trust and go on that opinion.  Just keep in mind who’s covering their paycheck!



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      Tamra wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • So true.  How many times do we let the negativity of others influence our own thoughts?  Way too often, really.

      A positive attitude is hard to maintain when all others around us pronouce gloom and doom.  But we have to try none the less.



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • However, the story seemed to flash at me that it seemed better that he did not know.  His positive attitude had a good grasp at him first. worried



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      UK Girl wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • Actually if you know you have a good business plan and you give it 100% then ignore the doom and gloom folk and just do it ......

      I started my business in the last big recession - the reason we grew was we picked up shops for nothing in some cases the first 5 years rent free .... so just have a sound business plan - a real determination and find your niche and put the foot on the pedal ...



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • Vvvvvvvvvrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmm!



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      Tamra wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • UKgirl, I love to hear of entreprenurial successes like yours!  Please share more of your story sometime.  I admire your courage and creativity!  (Wish I had that in me.)



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      UK Girl wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • The simple rules of business:
      1 – Know your market inside out – upside down ....
      2- Know your product
      3- Know your customer – down to his average wage packet ....
      4- Be bold
      5- Know your competition above you and below
      6-Don't buy into gimmicks
      7- Have a great business plan
      8- Be able to sell/tell your business in 10 seconds – if it's complicated then dump.
      9- Know your strengths
      10- Know your weaknesses ....

      Business is not rocket science or curing cancer it's fulfilling a need and a want .... does someone want something how much with they pay for it ....



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      Onevision wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • Yes....always side with the positive. Do what you love and try to find someone who will pay you for doing it...no matter what.



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      UK Girl wrote Feb 1, 2009
    • Honey any time - I mentor women and provide seed fund for them to grow and now as you have seen I’m buying ailing businesses to help them grow again ...

      Seize the Day or in Latin Carpe Diem I have that above my desk..

      My daughter has he who dies with the most toys wins but she is like me at 22 - can’t think where she gets it from!!



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