What Matters Most

What Matters Most – For me the word is Prosperity…

Allyssa Alhgren, age 26 in her April 6, 2019 article

https://alphanewsmn.com/thoughts-from-a-hipster-coffee-shop/ wrote “We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it.” We have low unemployment if not the lowest in decades, more posted jobs openings than applicants, very low interest rates for first time homeowners to achieve the American dream. Entrepreneurs, small to mid size business owners are expanding their reach and dream, increasing top line revenue, adding additional employees and craving out a profit to pay salaries and rent for this expansion.

Look round new and old Austinites, cranes are everywhere, the crane should become the new Texas “official” bird. Restaurants, IT start-ups, new apartments on the 2nd & 3rd floors, retail on the 1st floor, yes more traffic and yes hundreds of new friends and family moving to Central Texas. Been in a H.E.B or Randall’s lately? How fortunate are we?

Alhgren went on to share “…The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history.”

I’m in my 70’s and I love my country. My grandmother was born in Norway, my mother was born in Merced, California. We have so much to be thankful for. So when driving signal when turning left or right, open the restaurant door for families, elderly and those patrons behind you, and gift our homeless a dollar when you get a chance. Read or at least scan this millennials article, love your God and love your neighbor and at least for me when I do everything else in the middle takes care of itself.

Ed Stillman

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I grew up in Carlsbad, north San Diego County, lost my dad as a teenager, went into the USAF for four years and hired on with 3M in 1969. Received my AA from Santa Barbara City College, BA and Masters from Redlands University and after 33 plus years, I retired from 3M in 2002. As I look back on my life, I have been creating myself and developing my skill sets to be a business coach and a Vistage Chair. I am president of SEOT, a "personal improvement" consulting firm spending most of my time working with Central Texas executives running small to medium size for-profit companies who are focusing on improving their profitability greater than their competition. My area of interest is assisting senior executives in creating a better balance between business commitments and personal relationships. I also facilatate three leadership labs each consisting of a dozen owners, presidents and CEOs. We meet monthly both in a group setting as well as in a 1-to-1 coaching session. Our focus is to sharpen each others' skills in becoming better leaders, making better decisions and taking ourselves and companies to that next level. Who are we? My members are experienced top executives who recognize that they don’t have all the answers and who actively seek the company of successful peers—both to give and receive insights and ideas. My members mine the 200 plus years of chief executive experience that comes together in our monthly meetings and members are eager to offer their own experience and insights in the process. As a group, we spend our time exploring topics members can't discuss anywhere else. My members have many other places where they can engage in idle, "cocktail party" chatter. Our mission is to provide the setting for discussing the "undiscussable." Where or who can you go to for confidential, honest feedback to assist you in minimizing your personal "Worry List"?