Whoopee! 0.3% growth!!!

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Good news. Today the British Chambers of Commerce said that it expected 0.3 percent growth in the first three months of this year so, technically-speaking, we’re not in a recession.

Bring out the balloons.

It sounds pretty pathetic to me, and also got me irritated since it reminded me about the nonsense ‘negative-growth’ double-speak that seems to be used everywhere when trying to talk about ‘the situation’.

However, it also reminded me about the most sage advice I’ve had recently, not just in terms of the aftermarket, but also in terms of life in general and my job here at CAT.

Change what you can change.

There’s no point worrying about things you can’t affect like macro-economic shenanigans. It’s more important that you concern yourself with decanting the delivery that’s just arrived, convincing a customer to let you supply their new roofbox, or breaking the bad news that a timing belt needs changing.

Change what you can change.

For me, my number-one guiding principle is to help ensure that the aftermarket is as professional, efficient, attractive and, most importantly, profitable as possible.

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