With all negative news Detroit has received (and really, since 1967!) it is a wonder how any of us could have built a career or a business here in the Motor City. But we did.
Yes, Detroit has been a victim of the “kick-a-city-when-it’s-down” syndrome, and it may feel like bad things happen all the time here. But bad things happen to cities, communities and citizens everywhere. And they all generally survive, as I firmly believe will Detroit.
I began my working career around the time Detroit’s issue gained widespread attention in the late 1960s. Based on all the negative news the city and region received then and continue to now, to be a success, perhaps I should have moved to another city.
But I didn’t. I stayed. I built a career in public relations that lead to establishing my own company in 1996. And that company was also a success, thanks to a good plan, a lot of hard work by me and many fine men and women. We did it here. And now that I am retired from my business and public relations, I am still here and enjoying my new life. My former associates continue to build their careers here, and many will far exceed me in their careers. All here in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
There was a headline in a recent national publication asked said something like: “Why did Detroit Fail?” Other coverage delivers similar messages. But the problem is not only in one community, it is a national problem. Older cities are changing, times are changing, and the country must change to keep up.
I believe, as Detroit mayor Dave Bing has said:
“Detroit is setting the example for the rest of the country and maybe the world. We are changing and will survive. We will be different. I am excited to see what the future will bring.”
So many people are contributing to this change. In fact, we all need to do our share. If we do, Detroit will be the shining example for the rest of the country to follow. What will that headline say then?
I hope it says: “Detroit leads way for nation.” Better still: “Detroiters lead way for nation.”
Detroit is a good community to build a career and a business. It is full of good people and good companies. This–along with a good plan and a lot of hard work–will lead others to successful work here, as well. I believe it, and I hope you will, too.