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We’ve always been a country full of optimists. But over the last few years, as the rise of China and other emerging markets, it feels like we’ve been beat up. Sure, we’re in a fragile economy and our governments both federal and local are in debt up to our eyeballs. But I believe we are still the “Can-Do” country that millions have immigrated to for hundreds of years, including my family.

I saw evidence of this wonderful attitude that we Americans have in our DNA as I was driving down the highway and noticed the following billboard:

A sign for the Abilities Expo. The Abilities Expo! Not the conference for people with disabilities. But the Abilities expo! This is awesome! I love this country because we believe in people. In ourselves. No one can keep us down. This is the secret sauce – the positive attitude – that turns the tsunami of challenges into new opportunities. Our ability to find the good, the opportunity in the challenges. To focus on the good stuff (Rule#8).

By Bob Miglani

Bob Miglani is the Author of the Washington Post Bestseller, Embrace the Chaos, which is about learning to move forward in times of change, uncertainty and disruption. He grew up running his family's Dairy Queen store, the subject of his first book, Treat Your Customers. He worked in corporate America for 23 years. Left to pursue a life of passion working in a startup, writing, motivational speaking and learning how to live a life of contribution.

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