“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve JobsI saw some startling figures from the Bureau of Labor & Statistics. Coming from the automotive industry, I was well aware of the decline of jobs. However, the facts still struck me. Since January 2005, there has been a 41.5% reduction in automotive manufacturing jobs. In the last year alone, the industry experienced a decline of 22.8%. (Seasonally adjusted employment numbers for Manufacturing – Motor Vehicles & Parts). We don’t have to be victims of this economy. Take action to control your future.Recessions are great times of opportunity for those willing to invest in themselves and their ideas. Do you have an idea for a business, but don’t know how to move to action? Have you always wanted to start your own business? Whatever your dream may be now is the time to act!Yesterday I met with a friend who wants to take his business to the next level. We reviewed his financial goals, motivation, desire, income producing activities, and marketing strategy. There is so much to starting a business or revitalizing an existing one, it can seem very overwhelming. Just starting strategic conversations can be a relief to an aspiring business owner who feels alone in the endeavor. Persevering through strategic planning and execution will bring success to entrepreneurs who take action to move forward each and every day.I have heard it said that planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. Move forward today with your business idea. Do something about your future today. Everyone has talents and gifts that can earn them money. Today’s economy just demands that you get creative to find the right opportunities. A great business idea is worth $1. The plan to implement that idea can be worth $1 Million!