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Director’s Desk July 2020

This month’s feel-good stories may help to shake off the winter blues.

Anyone tired of hearing the word ‘corona’? How about ‘new normal’? Me, too. After four months of lockdown, an economy in tatters, and a pandemic of anxiety and stress that’s just as bad as the virus, most of us are feeling decidedly flat. 

That’s why this month’s newsletter is full of feel-good stories. We hear from Jayson Bulterman, who started his power steering business out of nothing and overcame a host of challenges to make it a success. We also hear from the families who have channeled their collective vision and values into thriving businesses. Look out, too, for our advice to motorists, intended to help motorists extend their vehicle’s lifespan, as well as news about training for mechanics.

And, we have tips on how to shake off that ‘stuck in a rut’ feeling that’s affected so many of us at the moment.  We know that the real effect of the lockdown is only now really starting to impact many of our workshop owners. Consumers are increasingly under financial stress and we are seeing lower volumes and delayed payments in many cases. 

At this time I am especially reminded of the quotation by Bruce Lee, “Courage is not the absence of fear, it is the ability to act in the presence of fear.” This quotation exemplifies the courage of our MIWA family. We will get through this together. 

Keep safe.

Pieter Niemand, MIWA National Director