From Main Street to Wall Street, people are desperately looking for Easy Street. The troubling state of affairs is infusing fear into America’s spirit like the toxic oil that pumped into the emerald Gulf waters just over a year ago. Despair and anger over economic and leadership crises have choked off the flow of creativity and optimism that have been the fuel of our country’s greatness. The times are anything but easy.

It’s natural to seek Easy Street, a quick fix, a painless way out of this mess. But that’s just not how America rolls when working at its best. 

“Life is difficult” is the opening line in the book “The Road Less Traveled”, written by M. Scott Peck in 1978.

Peck continues, “This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.”

No one understood this truth better than Steve Jobs. Time and again, he boldly and bravely accepted failure, human imperfection, pain and death, and showed us that adversity is not a reason to quit, but the inspiration to find a better way.

A brighter day begins by choosing to believe in new possibilities.

Only in America can we dare to heed the wisdom of Robert Frost,  as Steve Jobs did: “I took the road less traveled and that has made all the difference.” 

With Steve Jobs as a shining example, let’s bypass Easy Street, and discover the uncharted paths that can make all the difference now. Not easy, but worthy of everything we’ve got to get America back on track.

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