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“Embrace the challenge in 2009.”

Typically during the few days before Jan. 1, I look back on the year gone by and reflect on the positives. But 2008, unfortunately, had few, if any, at least from a business perspective. It was an incredibly difficult year. I had lunch with a client recently, and we agreed that in any other time, just one of the events of ’08 would have captured headlines as the catastrophe of the year: Lehman Bros., Detroit, Merrill Lynch, Madoff, Wachovia, Bear Sterns, WaMu, AIG, and that’s for starters, all fueling growing unemployment rolls. With this as a background, I have a suggestion for the New Year, quoting from Malcom Gladwell’s new book Outliers: “Embrace the challenge”. This is my suggestion for 2009. For sure it will be a challenging year, but embrace it, and it’ll turn out better than you expect!

Tony LoPinto is CEO of Equinox Partners, an executive search firm specializing in the real estate industry, and parent company of SelectLeaders. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.
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