This past week we’ve seen record highs on Wall Street and yet we still hear of many folks — large and small — struggling to keep their store fronts open on Main Street. The federal government struggles with political deadlock and those dependent upon government spending wonder how sequestration will affect their cash flow and bottom line. Everyone is looking for ways to trim their expenses. And today’s workers still hope to be trained and empowered as they are asked to do more and more with no guarantee that new workers will be hired into their organization.
This is the time to create a personal “hedge fund” and invest in your continued professional development. Find a workshop or course at a local community college or university that will add new skills to your toolbox. Volunteer for projects either in your workplace or within your community that will add a new “bullet” or achievement to your resume. Join a Toastmasters club, the Rotary, or become involved with a service group affiliated with your place of worship. Network, network, network. Seek out FREE on-line training and/or workshops sponsored by the Small Business Administration.