As I talk to more and more owners of small businesses, I’m greatly encouraged. There’s an incredible number of innovative things happening out there. Part of it is out of desperation, sure. But more importantly, the lousy economy pushes people out of their comfort zone, because continuing on the same old path is no guarantee of success.
It never was, of course, but we got complacent. When things are booming, you can make lots of mistakes and grow your way out of them.