man smart, Women Smarter: Defining franchisee illness

March 17, 2009

carpentersWhen I was growing up, no one knew about eating disorders as a class of medical problems.

It was only through the suffering of many (mostly women) that society and the medical establishment has recognized things like bulemia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.

Karen Carpenter raised awareness by her death at age 32. Many psychiatric conditions are left untreated, women disproportionally between the two genders. You cannot treat a cluster of behaviours until it is defined.

I believe franchising failures are such a powerful, life-altering  force that it not only can, but predictably does, trigger serious illness.

The human body and psyche has limits and when those are exceeded, the mind/body systems deteriorate. These affects are usually acted out through major relationships as well as lack of sleep, danger to self/others, occupational adjustment problems, etc.

I have seen many franchise people who have had to deal with depression, violence and suicide.  I think the answer is to organize into a form of geographically-based chapters to keep touch with each other.

I think women are strong enough to do this type of work although I recognize that there are male partners that can help too. Everyone is busy but I think like other traumas, it’s often better dealt with in a peer-to-peer mode.

This is why I think a Partners in Franchising chapter should be formed.

Every human being requires security of person and a minimum economic stability. Without those basic conditions, your mental and physical health is damaged.

To be maintain mental health, you need:

  1. a job,
  2. a home and
  3. a friend.

Only the generous know that the helper receives much more than the “weaker one”. We regain our strength by helping others heal.

That’s how we are wired as humans. Only the deluded and those that profit from misery think otherwise.

Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Carpenters

Let us put man and woman together
And see which one is smarter
Some say men but I say no
The women got the men like a puppet show

Aint me, its the people they say
The men are leading the women astray
But I say, its the women today
Are smarter than the men in every way
Thats right! the women are smarter
Thats right! the women are smarter

A little boy sat down and cried
An old man passing asked him why
He said I cant do what the big boys do
Old man sat down and he cried, too

Repeat 2 x

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