Take the EPIC challenge: Stop trashing ToledoWritten by Brian Epstein | | firstname.lastname@example.org
For years, all we have heard in multiple media outlets are negative impressions of the region. Many of those who complain about the region have never left to experience other communities to appreciate what we have, or they do not attempt to explore and get involved in community activities. Unfortunately, this negative repetition has imposed a lethargic behavior of accepting the negative comments as fact versus challenging their validity and taking action to make change. There is nothing wrong with constructive criticism, but do not stop there. Take your ideas further and get involved to find a solution. In other words, take ownership in your community.
It’s not surprising that when speaking with someone who has moved here from another area of the world or returned to the area, they speak highly of our community. No, we cannot be everything to everyone, nor should we. If your career or personal life takes you elsewhere, then take that path and take advantage of the opportunities provided by that community. We are not Chicago, New York, San Francisco, etc. and we do not want to strive to replicate them.The Toledo region is no different than other communities our size. We all continue to evolve and recreate ourselves in this rapidly changing global environment. The question is how will we respond to challenges? We must focus internally and work together for what is best for the success of our community.
What we have today is an unbelievable opportunity to work together to formulate a region that takes advantage of resources to compete in the global market for the next 100 years. Our predecessors have done it before, and if we work together, we can do it again. It will not be easy and will not happen overnight. And, it will be impossible to accomplish this without you. Furthermore, we can not be successful if we continue to let negative energy win.
As a catalyst for change, EPIC Toledo (Engaging People Inspiring Change) is challenging everyone to join us in making the following EPIC “Stop Trashing Toledo” Commitment:
Commit to being positive about the Toledo region. This means responding positively when people “go negative” on Toledo in meetings, in the press and in the community. It also means looking at your community through the lens of hope, not despair. It means encouraging our children, our leaders and our neighbors to think bigger and more optimistically about Toledo’s future. It means focusing on what our community does right and taking action to make a positive impact, rather than complaining. Be positive, Toledo! Make your commitment today at www.epictoledo.com.
We believe this simple commitment will begin a movement to better our community. Raise your hand, speak positively, challenge negativity and get involved. Be part of turning our challenges into opportunities.
Brian Epstein is a trust executive for The Trust Company of Toledo and is chairman for EPIC.