In a column talking about the panic generated by the state of the economy, Andy Wibbels said, “You only have so much control of the chaos swirling around you – how can you batten down the hatches and still lay the groundwork for something new?”

His answer: “When sales are down and leads are disinterested, start working on the Next Thing.” To find it, he says, “Go back to what inspires you.” And that led to advice on timing: “The best slogan for networking I’ve ever heard is, ‘Dig your well before you’re thirsty.’” Isn’t that a great slogan?

(The post also includes a link to the funny “Brokers with hands on their faces blog.”)