Give Us the Rules and Let Us Go Kick Butt

John Jantsch talks Fiscal Cliff on Wall Street Journal Radio

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There’s plenty of talk and a fair amount of angst swirling around the made for reality TV Fiscal Cliff negotiations.

I was asked several times last week about the impact these talks and falling over the cliff might have on small business. I appeared briefly on the Daily Wrap show on Wall Street Journal Radio and gave my two cents. (Listen to the 5 minute or so segment above.)

As I shared in the interview I believe so much of the talk about the economy is rooted in a bygone era of the Industrial Age. I’m not saying that people won’t be impacted by whatever legislation comes about, change often has to impact someone.

I do find it funny that every time we have a political decision facing the economy we trot out small business owners and put them on display as the backbone of the economy only to run roughshod over this same group when the musical chairs game comes to an end.

Small business owners are a breed that few understand. We are used to assessing the rules we are handed and making something out of nothing. If we fall over this cliff or don’t there will be another hurdle and another.

We just take it as it comes, adjust course and go make money. There’s no need to use us as your argument for continuing the Industrial Age – we’ve moved on to the Information Age and will be just fine. All we ask is that we know what the rules are so we can go about winning the game!

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John Jantsch

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine and the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network.
  • brentmkelly

    Amen John. Really good summary and commentary. It seems like small business owners are used as pawns for political gain vs. true sounding boards as the pulse of the economy. Happy New Year.

    • ducttape

      I know – we should require all in office to own a small business for a few days!

  • Jim Kukral

    Indeed! Good point!

    • ducttape

      Thanks Jim – go get em this year!

  • Walt Goshert

    John, Great perspective.

    As a small business owner, I’m not looking for any kind of hand out from the government or anyone else.

    In this Information Age, we need clarification on two key issues that impact business: The definition of personal property and fraud.

    The rest of it is all confusion.

    • ducttape

      So true Walt

  • Ellen Rohr

    Yep yep! We are interconected…government and business. Let’s get on with the business of creating extraordinary lives! Well said, John. xo$

  • OBVAVirtualAssistant

    Information age true. It’s the digital age and information travels from one side of the planet to the next in seconds.

  • NandoJourneyman

    Thanks for being a voice of sanity in this sea of confusion. Now I’m ready to vote for you. 😉

    • ducttape

      Thanks Nando – not sure I could take the scrutiny!

      • NandoJourneyman

        LOL. My problem, exactly…

  • Sheetal Sharma

    Rules from an essential part of process formation but rules alone will not guarantee success, rules must be given along with leverage to complete work, rules are meant for guideline purpose, it shouldn’t become the only way of working. I am a part of global team at Synechron, where everyday new rules are made and flexibility in terms of application is offered to the members to carve their way of executing tasks.