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Not much of a recession was it?

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Not much of a recession was it? In fact, it’s unlikely to last longer than this column.

Too many people have been citing the recession as the reason for their company’s failure. Take it from me, in the years past, well before the recent downturn, I had my own personal recession of low/no sales and near bankruptcy, well before the R word was ever mentioned.

But I took responsibility and adapted, adapted and adapted into success.

And don’t blow my head off for considering we are through the worst – I know what happens when someone mentions "green shoots" of recovery. The way this recession was being painted in some corners conjured images of cars being overturned and martial law hitting the streets. A complete collapse of western society as we know it.

I’m not saying it’s been fun over the last year, but it could have been a whole lot worse. Are you really saying that this recession has been as bad as the collapse of the seventies? Of course not. Remember when the shit starts hitting the fan, there is still a long way to go. And, no matter how nasty things get, they could always be worse.

Also, remember the small print. It’s not just there for decoration. Investments can go down as well as up. Your home may be at risk.

Want my advice? Grab your pen. I’ve one investment in my portfolio you may want to get involved in. It continues to soar month on month and it’ll never put your home at risk even at the height of the volatility in the markets.

It’s investment in YOUR SELF LEADERSHIP.

I didn’t need to get a banker or an IFA to advise me. YOU need self leadership in these times to chart a route out of any smelly stuff. Don’t look to the government or legislation to sort any crisis out. Look inwards at yourself. Of late has your "personal stock" soared or plummeted? Either way, you are responsible.

So get off your arse, dust yourself down, this recession is all in your head, and even if it’s not, there is nothing you can do about it!

Yesterday is in the past. What you do from this day onwards is where the success of your future lies.

Brad Burton is the outspoken, no-nonsense founder and MD of national business network 4Networking. Since founding the firm in 2005, he’s grown the networking enterprise to over 18,500 members through his "50 per cent business, 50 per cent social" concept: "I aim to take the bored room out of the boardroom," he says.

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