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Don't Stop, Don't Quit

Great Depression Online
Long Beach, CA
January 05, 2010

Inside This Issue You Will Discover…

*** More Respectable Lines of Work
*** Crap On Paper
*** Don’t Stop, Don’t Quit
*** And More

[Editor’s note: Today’s GDO is an excerpt of remarks made by Direct Expressions’ President and Founder M.N. Gordon at the annual company holiday party held several weeks ago at Clearman’s Steak ‘n Stein.]

More Respectable Lines of Work

At Direct Expressions we find the world to be incredible each and every day.  We can hardly help ourselves.  We open our eyes, and everywhere we look, we see fantastic unbelievable things…

Health care bills passed by the Senate that no one’s actually read…money supply growth at a suicidal pace…climategate…cash for clunkers…Barney Frank…Tiger Woods…

We couldn’t make this stuff up even if we tried.  First our eye’s bug out and our jaw drops to the floor.  Then, upon gathering our composure, we squint to take a closer look…and try to make some sense of it all.

Perhaps there are better, more respectable lines of work…but has there ever been an occupation that was more fun?

We’ve yet to find one.

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We know many of you’ve been working long hours.  Some of you’ve even been working from 6:30 am to 10:30 pm several times a week.  We have too.

It was once explained to us that not only are there seven days a week to work…there are also seven nights.  Considering the record unemployment and lackluster economy, having too much work is a good problem to have.  Still, it does take a toll.

Crap On Paper

As you well know, rigor and perseverance are crucial.  Especially since the professional world can be a full contact sport at times.

We recently had a client hold up a plan we’d prepared, wave it around, and in front of a crowded conference room proclaim, “This is crap on paper!”

We’ve learned not to take this sort of public lambasting seriously.  If we did, we’d have become a recluse and moved to Barstow long ago.  Still, we kindly let our client know that while it may be crap…it’s good crap.  We also detailed why he needed our crap…and how our crap would help him.

We don’t know if he bought our case or not, but shortly after we were awarded a plum of a contract that should keep us gainfully employed for at least another six years.

Be careful what you wish for, they say…  Because you just might get it.  Now we must redouble our efforts – and hours – and deliver.

Don’t Stop, Don’t Quit

Of course, that was the whole reason we started Direct Expressions in the first place.  To exit the tyranny of the corporate world.  Not that we have anything against it, per se.  It’s just that busting our hump to fill the coffers of a Fortune 500 company is not for us.

Yet we do it each and everyday.

Still, things are happening at Direct Expressions.  Slowly but surely some momentum is gaining.  We’ve established some exceptional affiliates and weeded out some not so exceptional ones. 

Readership of the GDO, our flagship publication, increased over 216 percent last year.  What’s more, our readers are increasingly compensating us by purchasing our publications or the likeminded publications we advertise.

Who knows?  Maybe five or ten years from now we’ll replace our corporate income and pursue our publishing venture fulltime.  Perhaps we’ll even be able to employ an eclectic team of eccentrics to pursue the venture with us.

That’s the master plan, if you can call it that.  Fortunately, we’re stubborn enough to stumble along at it long enough to finally get to where we want to go.  For we’ve never smacked head first into a brick wall that we didn’t want to keep banging our head against to see what could possibly happen if we hit it just one more time.  Plus, we’re having a lot of fun finding our way.

So, whatever you do.  Don’t stop, don’t quit.  Even in a depression, dreams still come true.

Thanks for a great year.


M.N. Gordon
Great Depression Online

P.S.  Warren Buffett has made and kept more money through the stock market than any other private investor in the entire world.  As a matter of fact, he has become nearly the richest person in the world without ever starting his own business, owning a patent, or developing new business or investment methods.  He has become a billionaire exclusively through investing, and is the only billionaire to have done so.

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