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This blog is authored by Mark Hinesley, Chamber President/CEO
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Eighty Percent Chance of Sun…

Is it just me or do you also feel at times as though some people just insist on pointing out the negative side of things when it would be just as easy to highlight the positive? I’ll give you one of the best examples of what I am talking about. Doesn’t it seem as though most of the time the time we hear the weather forecasters spend more time on the bad weather instead of the good? What if we started a movement to change the focus? When was the last time that you heard someone on the news give a weather forecast by starting out letting us know that there is an eighty percent chance of sun? Try walking into the office and letting those around the water cooler know that there is an eighty percent chance of sun today and then watch the look on their faces.

We can do this in other conversations as well. Right here in our own community we have nearly ninety-five percent of our friends and neighbors who are gainfully employed. And guess what I found after a few minutes of digging around online? According to Wikipedia there are 3,144 “counties” in the United States. Guess where Wilson County ranks in terms of growth since 2010? Hint…we made the top 100. Wilson County comes in at number 96! That means that we are ahead of 3,048 (or almost 97%) other counties. Just think, we can call ourselves “3-percenters”.

Sure, there will be some gloomy days ahead. Even five percent of our friends and neighbors out of work is too high if you ask them. And there are still 95 counties growing faster than we are; five of them are in Tennessee so needless to say Tennessee is very well represented and doing far better than most! I am pretty sure you get a sense of what I am getting at. Sometimes it really is just a matter of perspective. Luckily for me, I get to spend most of my time surrounded by people who truly see the glass as nearly full. That makes it a lot easier to keep things in proper perspective and to share a positive outlook on things around us.

Sometimes just for the fun of it when someone asks me how I am doing, I will tell them “I plan on living forever; so far so good” just to see the look on their face. In the end we are all really on a day-to-day basis and every day is truly a gift. However long it turns out to be I hope I don’t lose perspective, even though there’s about a 100% chance it won’t be forever. I will see you right here next week! Follow Mark on Twitter @MJChamber #mjchamber or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit 24/7 at

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