Find a small local store, grocer, cafe or restaurant…then go spend some money there.

Appreciate that your purchase will probably directly benefit the person behind the till.

Imagine all the blood, sweat and tears (not to mention risk) that went into opening the business.

Appreciate the fact that in the era of giant box stores and franchises, this family or these friends continue to take a chance on a dream.

If you enjoy your experience (even if it was a little pricier than your usual place), tell others about it then try to go back once a month.

Invest in people and their dreams…and you just might start believing in your own.

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