As the end of the year 2010 approaches with Christmas a sunrise away, I sit here and reflect on the state of the industry. In recent calls to my office I hear people saying that our industry is dead or there is nothing new or exciting. I do not believe this to be true. Hhowever, there is something amiss.
Locksmiths have always been very creative, and within our peer group we have some very interesting people with a variety of backgrounds and skills. As an industry we cannot simply rely on waiting for "others" to make something happen. It is the entrepreneurial spirit within the locksmiths that holds the key to the pulse of the industry and it always has.
The Society of Professional Locksmiths (SOPL) has tapped into that spirit which is causing a fresh breeze to blow and unleashing its potential. This is our very first blog post after thousands of hours building projects to help the locksmith community, and it comes on the heel of the SOPL launching a very exciting new virtual training classroom at www.securitytechnicalinstitute.com.
It is this reason why I ponder on the idea that some are saying this is a dead industry. It is not dead, it is simply standing still for some because of failed leadership and a desire by small group to move the independent free thinking locksmiths into a conformity box. The current economy may be affecting some, but there is still great opportunities for those who dare to lean into the storm and do something about it.
Within the SOPL there is electricity in the air and a sense of excitement with a return to the free thinking spirit and independence of each individual to be a part of the pulse and work towards making things happen, rather then waiting for things to happen which never do. The only thing dead within the SOPL is apathy.
There is a storm brewing and the SOPL is alive and well.
Tom Lynch, CRL