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How many natural pessimists do we have amongst our readers? That's right, you know who you are! The truth is, pessimism, or what I'll call Deficit-Based Thinking comes naturally. The human nervous system is hardwired to pick up signals of impending danger more than signals of opportunity.

It's the first week of the new year, and it's Goal Setting Season! And while every blogger and his mother are talking about achieving New Year's resolutions, realize that there is a special energy of renewal that's available now. Try to ride the wave of potential and possibility that manifests at new year.

I recently took an informal poll. I asked the Founders of multi-generational, family-owned businesses, "when is the ideal time to plan your 'next generation' exit strategy?" Here were the replies: When my new acquisition is complete. When I've expanded the business to the next level. When the economy picks up. When I've built a more impressive legacy.

The workforce is undergoing a fundamental change during this decade. Millennials are coming into the workplace by the millions, while Baby Boomers leave in equal numbers.

Can you really offer employees a way to reduce their work hours and maintain a high level of productivity? I mean really reduce their hours. What about a 5 hour workday? Recently, I’ve been thinking about the interplay between productivity and hours on the job. Many entrepreneurs are stuck in Owner’s Trap, where they can’t break free from their businesses.