We're doing just fine! 9 stories

Despite a deluge of bleak economic news, these nine people are staying optimistic and finding success.

1 of 9
BACKNEXT
Dawn Skwirut
Dawn Skwirut
Dawn Skwirut, 31, and her son, Maxwell.
Location: Leechburg, Pa.
Profession: Freight coordinator
Tip: Refocus on what's important, like spending time together.

I am optimistic because: "I think you'll just cause yourself more stress by worrying about things you can't change. I feel everything that's ever happened in my life has been for a reason. I work in the trucking industry, and it's been tough to see my customers lay off workers and my distributors close down. I work mostly with independent drivers, and I have no clue how they are making it.

I try to put myself in their shoes every day. It must be so tough. Try and stay positive. Cut down on what you don't need. If you have cable, read a book instead. I never read a book in my life before the downturn, and now I've been reading every day.

Try to take advantage of the sales if you can. My son's in the growth-spurt age, and none of his clothes are fitting. I went to JCPenney and bought him about 12 outfits for only $100.

It's tough times out there, but I think it will force our country to look at what's really important. We need to focus on our families, spending time together, and building each other up instead of tearing ourselves down with greed.

I can't help but think this is reality knocking into us, saying, `Think about your neighbor, too.' We live in fast times of greed and competition. Many families are broken up, and others spend limited time together. But with a lot of people out of work, they have nothing to do but spend time together.

This holiday I explained to my son Maxwell that we wouldn't have as many gifts this year. "Christmas isn't about gifts," he said. That made me think I need to listen to him more.

However, his birthday was right after the holidays and when I tried to remind him what he said, he responded: `Mom, I said Christmas isn't about gifts. But birthdays are.' I got a kick out of that."
NEXT: Gwen Brandenburg
Last updated June 15 2009: 10:22 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
Tools to make your money grow You've started saving and built a financial base. Time for a few new strategies and tools to get your money to grow even more. From real estate to IRAs, here are some tips. More
Ready to start saving? Here's how to do it right When you are just starting out or finally starting to get serious about saving, the basics will get you far. Here are more than a dozen tips that will help you lay the base for building your net worth. More
Meet four kings of Alibaba's online retail empire Alibaba's shopping sites account for 80% of online retail in China. Meet four successful merchants. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.