In the space of a few weeks, we Wasagians have witnessed an historic turn of events. Many of the main beachfront properties…the face of tourism, our only industry…had been under the control of developers that had too much money and not enough vision. Mayor Brian Smith and council voted to purchase those buildings and chart a new course for our town.
The naysayers complained about rising taxes to pay for this $13-million acquisition. Or that it was too risky. When has real estate been risky? Or that the decision was made too quickly. Ummm, it was early May and the town was facing another summer of its three main bars being closed, including the historic Dardanella, built in 1918 and in the ’70s and ’80s, a summer venue for April Wine, Colin James, Trooper, Kim Mitchell and a who’s who of Canadian rock.
Tourists…those who bothered to make the drive…felt like Clark Griswold arriving at the gates of Wallyworld, expecting a day of fun, only to be told that the park was closed.
Though I do have to salute Danny Pozeg and the staff at the Sandbar for being independently owned and staying open. You guys rock!
But what if Steve Jobs had been disillusioned by his early failures at Apple and had given up on his vision? Suppose he had abandoned the idea of computers that were easy to use, synced with other devices and were aesthetically pleasing? We’d have nothing but ugly machines we wanted to chuck out the Window(s).
What if other record companies had followed Decca Records executive Dick Rowe’s advice and decided that guitar groups were on the way out? He passed on The Beatles. Poor man.
Seth Godin has built a career on telling people to get off their asses and follow their dreams. Take risks. Learn from failure. Pay no attention to the naysayers because playing it safe ensures mediocrity and giving in, and giving up.
We could have thrown our hands up and said, “It’s not under our control.”
Now it is.
There’s an overwhelming optimism at the main beach and I can’t wait for this new chapter to begin.