The other day, I was at Starbucks and I was talking to a gentleman who was quite distraught, as he was going through all of the ads in the newspaper to go find a job. He had popped into Starbucks due to the air-conditioning, grabbed himself the newspaper out of the newspaper “already read” newspaper rack, bought the cheapest coffee of the day, and pulled out his highlighter and a yellow notepad. Personally, I applaud this level of hard work to go find a job, rather than just collecting unemployment benefits. Okay so let’s talk about this shall we?
You see, the gentleman in question had run out of his unemployment benefits and therefore he is not counted in the 8.2% unemployment rate, but he is definitely out of work, and he is stressing to the max. As I talked with him and gave him suggestions of places to go to find a job on this side of our Valley, he admitted to me that he wasn’t getting much sleep that night. I told him he could always listen to late-night radio, and he told me he did, but the only really good shows on were the conspiracy theory shows, and that wasn’t doing him any good either.
He was working hard to keep his mental sanity, but what he really needed was a psychological uplift, and a way to get good sleep at night so he was sharp, motivated, and ready to go as he was looking for work during the day. The bills were piling up, and if the stress didn’t kill him, he would be homeless pushing a shopping cart soon enough. This got me to thinking that we need more late-night talk shows which are positive, things which talk about innovation, small business topics, economics, and what’s going on in the political structure.
Folks need to be able to make sense of the world, but it’s quite hard with the politicians saying one thing, and the economy responds doing another. Many folks who can’t find work should probably be thinking about starting their own business, or perhaps they’ve had a lot of time on their hands to think of a new innovative concept that they can bring to market, so they can achieve their life’s dreams and goals.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were more of these types of late-night talk shows that dealt with the positive nature of free markets, small business, and then perhaps we could get our economy moving again with or without the help of the podium pushing politicians. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.