Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do


September Greetings Everyone!

If someone asked me for a list of my favorite motivational speakers and authors, I would have to include the late Dr. Robert H. Schuller as one of the top two.

I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to him several times in my life and have been an avid reader of his books for many years. I even attended one of his services in Garden Grove, California in the early nineties.

The title of my column this month is the same as it was one year ago, “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!” It is one of my favorite messages by him.

If you have been following Barbara’s and my journey since May 2015, Barbara and I have been through some pretty rough times since Memorial Day 2015 that turned our life and business (literally) “upside down” when five feet of flood water destroyed our home, cars, clothes, contents, and furniture. In addition, whatever the water did not ruin, chances are the toxic mold did.

Since then, I have had eye surgery for a concussion that I suffered during the initial flood, Barbara was hospitalized in late May/early June this year with heart and blood pressure issues. We did not publish SBT in November 2015 (it became a March 2016 issue), we Published an April this year and THIS is the first issue we are publishing since April!

Dr. Schuller’s words of advice are great and very true but sometimes when you are in the middle of some of the most devastating experiences of your life and buesiness, you might find it difficult to keep the above in mind. It’s important to remember that G-D did not create you to fail.

All of the subjects of this magazine’s cover stories have experienced disappointments and challenges in starting and growing their businesses. Many were told that they would NOT be successful in their endeavors and yet they refused to quit.

Yes, my faith and belief system were shaken as we were overtaken by flood waters and our calls for help went unanswered. How could “My G-D” let this happen? As I write this same column again 12 months later, I can honestly say that the experience and the support from friends, family, and associates (and even strangers) continues to strengthen my faith and my belief in the above title even more.

This month’s cover honoree is Ms. Evelyn Fletcher of EAS/Electronic Assembly Services, Inc. We have greatly enjoyed getting to know Evelyn as a business and personal level. Even though our cover stories are always about an entrepreneur and their business, Evelyn is always first to tell you that it’s really all about her team and not her! I hope that you enjoy her story as much as we enjoy bringing it to you!

Good Reading, Good Sales, & Much Success to You!
Steve Levine
President/Executive Publisher


About Author

Steve Levine has more than 30 years experience in publishing, advertising and advertising sales. He founded the Metro Houston Apartment Guide, The Jacksonville Communities Guide and Perfect Wedding Guides.

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