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Decide What to Be and Go Be It


"When nothing is owed or deserved or expected And your life doesn't change by the man that's elected If you're loved by someone, you're never rejected Decide what to be and go be it. “ – Avett Brothers


One of the freshest voices in music in the last few years in my humble opinion is the Avett Brothers. The above lyrics come from their song, Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, and this song seems tailor made for the times in which we live.


Three things jump out at me from this verse that are words to live (and do economic development by), here and elsewhere.


1 – No one owes us anything and we don’t expect to be taken care of. We do just like every chaser of the American Dream has done.


Let’s get creative, work hard and go make it happen.


2- The election is over. Joe Biden is our President. If you’re happy with that, then be glad. If you aren’t, then use the democratic process and legally work hard to change that in the future. Either way time marches on and we have to do our best for our family, our community and ourselves. Actually, our day-to-day lives change very little based solely on who our President is.


Let us dial down the conversation and dial up the perspiration.


3- Whether we want to admit it or not, tough times have existed since time began. There have been wars, famines, pandemics (I hate even using the “p” word), depressions, recessions and everything in between. Tragedy and sadness have taken their toll on us in 2020, but tough people are built for tough times. I know enough Hopkins County people to know how tough and resilient we are. We can do this. Let us put our boots back on, get smart and get busy.


“Decide what to be and go be it.”


I hope 2021 is a great year for all of us.


- Ray Hagerman, President

Madisonville-Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation

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