Recently, I attended several functions where the speaker was sharing the “State of Lake County.” One spoke of our present state, one spoke about the roads and expansion to prepare for growth, and another forecasted what to expect regarding economic development over the next five years.
Each one of the speakers seemed very confident and excited about what is to come.
However, when I am out and about speaking to business owners, some still seem very negative. I’ve heard talks about another economic drop and possible recession; one claimed Lake County was just a small town and people here don’t expect quality. I heard real estate is going to crash again, and the list goes on.
I am an upbeat, positive person, so when I hear this type of negative rhetoric it frustrates me. I have lived in Lake County for most of my life and have seen this community experience some great times and some hard times. I know the difference, and right now our economic standpoint is not back to what it once was, but things are better.
“We have tremendous growth coming from South Lake, Mount Dora, and The Villages. There are more and more people moving to Lake County, and where there are people, there is a need for businesses to serve them.“
I am very encouraged when I hear about what is coming. We have tremendous growth coming from South Lake, Mount Dora, and The Villages. There are more and more people moving to Lake County, and where there are people, there is a need for businesses to serve them.
So here is my advice to the Debbie Downers and the naysayers: you need to change your thoughts and change your conversations. I learned through the years if you live in a world of negativity then negativity will surround you. Learn to talk more about what you have rather than what you do not. If you are a business owner, and you are still in business, focus on that. Even though you may not be where you want to be, you are still in business, and that is a positive thing.
In this month’s issue, we share some great insight on what is to come, and what the future of Lake County holds. We have a lot to be excited about, and we need to prepare for growth. Let’s stop this negativity by changing our perception and dialogues. Successful business people are the “can-doers” and the ones who tend to fail are the “cannots.” It’s your choice which one you will be.