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We’re Not Out of the COVID-19 Woods Just Yet – But We’re Learning

At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all feeling like the horse that saw the barn: We just want to bolt for the end of this thing. And the closer we get, the harder it is to be patient. But we have to be patient. In that effort, we might do well to remember these words from Thomas Edison:

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

We won’t fail because we won’t give up. We might let ourselves down. But we’ll never let down those who need our help, our kindness, our generosity, and our faith. We will get through this.

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Thriving Through COVID-19 – Mission Possible

Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brienhttps://obriencg.com/
I’m a business owner. My company — O’Brien Communications Group (OCG) — is a B2B brand-management and marketing-communication firm that helps companies position their brands effectively and persuasively in industries as diverse as: Insurance, Financial Services, Senior Living, Manufacturing, Construction, and Nonprofit. We do our work so well that seven of the companies (brands) we’ve represented have been acquired by other companies. OCG is different because our business model is different. We don’t bill by the hour or the project. We don’t bill by time or materials. We don’t mark anything up. We don’t take media commissions. We pass through every expense incurred on behalf of our clients at net. We scope the work, price the work, put beginning and end dates on our engagements, and charge flat, consistent fees every month for the terms of the engagements. I’m also a writer by calling and an Irish storyteller by nature. In addition to writing posts for my company’s blog, I’m a frequent publisher on LinkedIn and Medium. And I’ve published three books for children, numerous short stories, and other works, all of which are available on Amazon under my full name, Mark Nelson O’Brien.

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    • Redefining normal is one of the huge opportunities we now have, Jeff. With so much of the world stopped, maybe we’ll find a way to be judicious and a little bit wiser when we hit the Start button.

      The idea of my being able to draw at all reminds me of an episode of Green Acres in which Eb learned to cut hair by taking a correspondence course from MIT — Middle Indiana Tonsorial. I think that peeved Oliver even more than Mr. Kimball and Mr. Haney did.

      Thank you for chiming in here, my friend.

  1. This is a message that so many need right now, Mark. The stress of financial concerns, uncertainty of the future, and the disruption to daily life is taking an emotional toll on many. Thank you for the reminder that we need to hang in there and take care of one another!

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