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There is a Karl Marx in every crowd

For the past couple of months, I have been writing some little ditties for different construction journals and newsletters around the country. Most of these publications have a small circulation and go mainly to those in the construction trades. I write about new techniques, managements of subs, dealing with clients, etc. Nothing fancy. Just stuff I have done or have some knowledge about.

A few weeks ago I wrote a 2000 word article about how to make a few bucks in a down economy. The article was directed at contractors and detailed how to make $1500-2500 clean profit in a week. The details on how to make the money were not my original idea, but were those of a drywall contractor that I know. He had actually employed the idea and had had very good results. He gave me permission to write about his plan, and hopefully "help out some brothers in need".

Within a few days of the newsletter going out, I started getting emails from readers saying how much they liked the idea, and what a brainstorm it was, and how I should give accolades to my buddy. He was excited to be able to help out. I am now getting emails from folks who have implemented the idea and are making money. A few wrote that it was a good turnaround for them.

Well, almost as if on cue, this morning, the Karl Marx moment occurred. One of the writers for this particular journal is a "professor" of business models for the construction industry. He tends to lean a bit towards the liberal side of things in most of his articles. The guy is great at theory, but never writes anything about what type of business he has started, or how many employees he has, or how to advertise for the real world. A pie in the sky type. Definitely not a been there done that type of person, but more of the "I wrote a paper on this while in school" guy. He lets me know in no uncertain terms that this idea is hogwash and will not work. It will only get people into an optimistic mood, and this is not the time for optimism.

I must ask the obvious: If this is not the time for optimism, what time is it?


Comment balloon 7 commentsKevin Robinson • January 29 2009 10:04AM


Kevin- You had me at Karl Marx! I can not pass by that name without putting my 2 cents in how this guy started a movement that destroyed human dignity, ingenuity, human desire and the list goes on and on.

This is a time for optimism. What are we supposed to do, dress, act and behave like we are at a funeral? 

Besides, maybe you can teach him about the laws of the universe which he obviously does not know about! Like focus on what you want, like what you focus on expands! HELLO!!!Katerina

Posted by Katerina Gasset, Get It Done For Me Virtual Services (Get It Done For Me Virtual Services ) over 10 years ago

Kevin, I,m afraid that we have a whole crew of them in Washington.

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) over 10 years ago

Liberals have no idea of what makes America great. Tired of hearing their theories, now they are trying to implement them in this monster of a stimulus bill.

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 10 years ago


Don't you just love when academia chimes in!  Wouldn't you love to have one in a foxhole with you while the bullets and shrapnel are flying past.  What a snob. I hope his grant money runs out and then he can figure out ...maybe how to run a lemonade stand.

Good for you writing on how to create business!

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) over 10 years ago

Kevin, optimism has been in such short supply of late it is unbelievable any one would try and squelch a shot of it. "Karl" just needs to crawl back in his negative collective hole.


Posted by Jay Williams, Mortgage Loan Officer - Getting You The Right Loan (Greenville, NC) over 10 years ago


He sounds like more of the whah, whah, whah, I've been talking about.  Usually the ones who say something can't be done are interupted by those doing it!!

Posted by John Hersey, e-PRO Realtor (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty) over 10 years ago

The Liberals motto is "Listen to what I saying, not what I am doing".

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