Fly…Like A Raven!

Last week was a unique week for me.  I was interviewed for a TV news story and also for a newspaper article.  So, how did I get to be so special – at least for one week?  I didn’t win the lottery or do anything heroic.  All I did, was start a Baltimore Ravens meet-up group for the Washington, DC metro area (predominantly Northern Virginia).  In only two years our group has grown to over 250 members.  That, by itself, would certainly not have gotten me profiled in the news.  However, last week was Super Bowl week, with the Big Game being played on Sunday.  As organizer of the group, I was called upon to represent Baltimore Ravens fans (in a Washington Redskins town).

As most everyone knows by now, The Baltimore Ravens are the new Super Bowl Champs.   The days leading up to the Super Bowl, my eyes were glued on the NFL Network and ESPN.  I watched commentator after commentator predict a 49’ers victory, with very few exceptions.  The Ravens were clearly underdogs, yet despite the majority of pundits predicting their demise, they came out victorious.

So why am I writing a blog about football?  The first reason would be because I am a Ravens fan.  I have had season tickets, and have been regularly going to their home games since 1999.  But why, dear reader, should you care, especially if you are not a Ravens fan?  From a business and life perspective, it makes me think that no matter how many times in life we may be doubted, through hard work and perseverance, victory or success is most certainly within our reach.

Which brings me to my new favorite quote.  It summarizes the most basic key to success, and can be applied to almost anything in life.   Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality – Abraham Lincoln

Steve, aka The Guy from 4Staff.

P.S.  Last year, I wrote a blog called “Meet-up, Greet-up, Get up and Go” https://theguyfrom4staff.wordpress.com/2012/08/ .   If you are looking for something to do, or to meet people to do activities with, you should look into meetup.com.  You can also find my Ravens group there http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Ravens-Fan-Group-Virginia-DC-Metro-Chapter/.  If you live in the Northern Virginia, DC area and happen to root for the Ravens, come join our flock.

The World Didn’t End, But Please Don’t Push

 

Woosh…is that what the sound of relief sounds like?  Well, we all survived.  The world didn’t end on 12/21/12, as the Mayans supposedly predicted (although the day is not over yet).  But wait…the other shoe hasn’t fallen yet.  We are standing on the edge of a fiscal cliff.  If Congress doesn’t act by Dec. 31, taxes will rise and government spending will be slashed dramatically.  Economists say the full force of those changes in 2013 could send our nation back into recession (as if we are really 100% out of the recession anyway).

Today could be particularly volatile because it’s a quadruple witching day: the expiration date for stock market index futures, stock market index options, stock options, and individual stock futures.  What’s going on here?!?!  We have doomsday and 4x witching day all in one day!  There’s a fiscal cliff looming.  All these mentions of gloom and doom fail to even account for the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy,  the only “natural” disaster to make this list.  And, while most of us probably never heard of Newtown, Connecticut before this week,  we will all remember Sandy Hook for the rest of our lives.

But, before I start sounding like a Negative Nellie, I would like to point out that we survived WW I & II.  150 years ago, we survived a civil war on our own land.  We survived the civil rights riots of the 60’s and the oil crisis of the 70’s.  We survived the Great Depression and 9/11.  We are Americans, and we are survivors!  All I’m asking for here is for a little help and cooperation from our federal government.  We may be great at surviving, but that doesn’t mean that we need to be thrown off a cliff.

Happy Holidays and best wishes to everyone in 2013.  May it be a year where we not only survive, but a year where we all thrive!