5-Easy-Living-GreatAs I write this note the state of our economy is poor; we have surpassed some monumental barriers in electing a new president, history has been made and undoubtedly our country will be shaped differently as a result.

In discussion with family, friends, employees, customers, and just passersby it’s quite clear there is uncertainty about the future and what it will bring. However, I remain optimistic. I cannot say that I’m overly excited about the current state of our Country; personally, we are struggling for survival just as many others are.

The simple reason for my optimism today is a reflection of my core values and the belief that as Zig Ziglar says, “We can have everything in life we want, if we will just help enough other people get what they want.” Therefore, I remain positive because I am acutely aware of the fact that “positive thinking won’t let us do anything, but it will let us do everything better than negative thinking will.”

I still believe in the American Dream. I know that some call it the American Fantasy, but this Country was not built on fantasies it was built by hard working men and women with the strong belief that they controlled their own destiny and for those men and women I am eternally grateful. I am reminded of what T.E. Lawrence said:

“All men dream but not equally, those men who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake to find that it was but vanity, but those men who dream by day, these are dangerous men for they dream with their open eyes to make their dreams come true.”

I too have a dream. My dream for myself and this organization is for us to make a positive difference in the lives of all those we come in contact with and that our community, our state, our country, and this world will be a better place because of it. I believe strongly in what William Arthur Ward said:

“Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life, not our standard of living; by our measure of giving, not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness, not by our seeming greatness.”

I have tried to take these words to heart and apply them in our business. I hope that your experience with our organization meets not only your expectations but my expectations and this vision.

— Adam Kugel, President, 2008