Walking around the halls this morning the mood is somber. Dow is under 10,000 points; Brazil is down 15%; Russia down 20% before trading was halted. Jim Cramer is warning that the stock market can drop 20%:

“Whatever money you may need for the next five years, please take it out of the stock market right now, this week. I do not believe that you should risk those assets in the stock market right now.”

I don’t want to get all Pollyanna on you, but I don’t want to go into a depression over this recession. I want to bring my best to the job today. I want to update the website, post that client alert, plan that client reception, and start looking ahead at 2009.

Yeah, times are gonna get tough, and I think we’re just at the beginning. I want to remain relevant to my job. As times get tougher, I believe it is more important than ever.

So go out and seize the day and contribute positively to the solution: Call a client. Schedule a business lunch. Update your LinkedIn connections. Write a client alert. Update your bio. Speak at a conference. Put your own client seminar together. I don’t care what it is, but get into action.

Don’t live in denial, but don’t hide under a rock. While I don’t think today is the day I’m going to start contributing to my 401k, it is the day that I start putting more money aside to invest in the stock market for when it starts turning around.
Oh, I’m going to start following some financial gurus on Twitter.