July's President's Message
As we are entering the Summer months, I hope this message
finds everyone doing well. I was thinking about all the
negativity that seems to be so pervasive in our society today.
The polarization that plays out on social media, the 24-hour
news channels that continue to bombard us with negative
stories about the economy and the politics of the day.
At the same time, we must contemplate the ability in our
business community to take charge of our own local destiny
and reinforce a positive message. Despite all of the challenges
in our society, we as organizations and as individuals must
strive to remain positive.
If we really adopt this as a true attitude, both in spirit and in
practice, we can continue to make all the difference here in
Hunterdon County. Hunterdon has so much to celebrate, just
go no further to look at the great communities that make up
Hunterdon County. A few weeks ago, we celebrated
Hunterdon County Community Day and literally thousands of
individuals came together from all points in the County and put
forth a great cross representation of business, non-profits,
government and community groups.
In June, we also had our 3rd HackHunterdon event, which
brought together technologists from throughout the County
who spent 24 hours straight developing ideas into a program
or app that by the end of the event was demonstrated to work.
The energy from such a diverse group of individuals at all
stages of their careers and education was both impressive and
Let’s spread that enthusiasm and make it contagious.
Years back someone gave me a copy of poem by Charles
Swindell regarding attitude. It really strikes a chord on how
each of us reacts to the challenges in our lives, both
personal and professional. I thought it would be appropriate
to reprint that reflection and share it with you.
Let’s continue to move the needle of expanding Hunterdon
County’s Business Community, ultimately making it stronger
and a place where businesses can thrive.
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on
my life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is
more important than the past, than education, than money,
than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what
other people think or say or do. It is more important than
appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a
company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we
have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will
embrace for that day. We cannot change the fact that
people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the
inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one
string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that
life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.
Christopher J Phelan
President & CEO