In many cases coin collectors and investors are students of history and enjoy many historical items and articles. But, as you study history and current events, remember to take into consideration the big differences in today's world and the challenges that history did not have. A couple of examples are globalization of the markets and instant information, both true and false.

Here's another suggestion, don't get so mired in the difficulties of the day, either personal issues or the greater national and global concerns, that you sabotage your livelihood. To that end, we are all in sales. Either we are selling goods or we are selling our services to customers or our employers. In either case, if we cannot sell then we cannot earn.

In his book, Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life, Larry Winget notes the #1 business lesson as, "Do what you say you are going to do, when you said you were going to do it, in the way you said you were going to do it."

Basically, you want to become the best resource for your customers or your employer such that you are their first choice in satisfying their need. Finding the need and supplying the solution is a good way to keep earning money.

In closing, Thomas Edison had a great observation, "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." May you continue to find your opportunities whatever they may be.

Visit us and all of the dealers at the next show in December!

     SNAFU - Situation Normal All Fouled-Up
     TARFU - Things Are Really Fouled Up
     FUBAR - Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition

(Yes, there is a more crude word for the "F;" however this is a friendly site.)

Perhaps TARFU is the most applicable to our current economy. But, the best way to get through a TARFU situation is to go forward one step at a time making decisions with the best information you can obtain.

History is a great teacher and can help you determine the best course of action.
What another beautiful day in Atlanta!

Early in the week we had temperatures in the mid to upper 70s, but we had rain on Friday, not much, to clear and cool the air.

Sunday was a cool, clear day with blue skies to contrast with the bright yellow, orange and red of the autumn leaves. Some of the trees' leaves almost hurt your eyes with their intense yellow color.

November's show was full of dealers. Plus, many guests visited the bourse looking for collectibles and investments. However, attendance was down slightly from earlier shows due to the financial situations - personal and business.

Have you been keeping informed with the domestic and global news - especially that of the financial markets and the businesses that are having difficulty staying solvent?

These acronyms come to mind. Many of you know them from a military perspective, but they sure seem appropriate to apply to today's economy:
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Coin Show - Monthly Notes from November 2008