It was really fun for me to cover General Electric (GE) stock from the time I started finance writing in 2011 through 2014. Why? Because the price of the stock was in the mid teens, high teens, and low twenties. It was very easy to cover a business that was reporting high single digit earnings growth coming out of the recession and was in the process of ramping up its dividend that got reduced to $0.20 during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. The recovery was happening right in front of investor’s eyes but a lot of people stayed away because GE’s first dividend cut since The Great Depression was the predominant factor on most people’s minds.
“Many of us never realize our greatness because we become sidetracked by secondary activity. We spread ourselves too thin–don’t know how to say no, and we find ourselves doing all kinds of things and never ever have time to do those things we have to do to work on ourselves. And then there goes a second. There goes another second. And another second. And we can’t stop and hold time. And boom, there goes another second–and before you know it, you wake up one day and you’re behind on your dreams.”