Mobile Electronics Magazine - April 2020

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 strategy & tactics

“I want you to know that even though everything feels out of your control right now, you have the power to change the trajectory of any part of your life in every single moment.”

IDENTIFYING & OVERCOMING NEGATIVE HABITS & BEHAVIORS In the face of these difficult times, what actions can we take today to work toward a brighter future? WORDS BY JON KOWANETZ

In a time not so long ago, many in our industry would leave their shops for a few days every few months to fly across the country to attend KnowledgeFest—spending a weekend in packed training seminars, shaking hands with strangers on a buzzing show floor and sharing drinks with friends at the hotel bar. Although it feels like much longer, it’s been under two months since the last time this semi-annual networking event took place, since I was last able to speak

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to my colleagues about a topic so near and dear to my heart. In February at KnowledgeFest Long Beach, I presented a class on Identifying and Overcoming Negative Habits and Behaviors. Afterward, many attendees let me know the class was very helpful, and they felt more empowered to take control of areas of their lives that had been causing them problems. Excited by their enthusiasm, I sat down with MEA leaders and agreed to repeat this class, and more,

at all of the remaining 2020 events. And then, the world changed. About a week into my self-imposed isolation due to the spread of COVID-19, I had already done so much to improve my business, Handcrafted Auto Marine & Off-road, while working from home. I reconciled our financial accounts, reorganized items and accounts lists in QuickBooks, created a timeline for tasks to keep my employees busy and on payroll and, of course, I did everything I