Weekly Thoughts


Business Fitness

Here is something that caught our eye this week:

The unknown and the unknowable

It’s no secret that our team is into Crossfit. Of course, we have been into various types of athletic endeavors our entire lives, so functional fitness is not exactly a deviation from the norm. Until recently, we thought the main benefit of the program was a great workout in a community setting.

The past weeks have led us to realize that Crossfit provides another benefit. Back in 2007, Crossfit Founder, Greg Glassman, wrote a piece called “Understanding Crossfit” in which he outlined that the point of a “constantly varied” workout protocol is to “best prepare trainees for any physical contingency—prepare them not only for the unknown but for the unknowable as well.”

A couple of years ago, mostly due to a lack of tech savviness, we stopped looking at workouts before we went to the gym. Over time, we came to find an appeal in not knowing what would happen next. We just show up and do our best at whatever is on the whiteboard. One rep max snatch? Sure. Run 5 Miles? Ok. Burpees, Pull-ups, and Lunges for 20 minutes? No problem.

The past couple of weeks has presented quite a lot of unknowns and unknowables. Global pandemic and state-wide quarantines? Sure. A technical bull AND bear market? Ok. Various stimulus packages that, for the next four months, may drive unemployment benefits above the average entry-level wage for some of our industries? No problem.

We have no idea what the next couple of weeks will bring.  However, we are thankful that our prior extracurriculars have provided us with at least a bit of practice in tackling the unknown and the unknowable. We’ll just show up and do our best to tackle whatever is on the business whiteboard next week.

On a related note, we are proud of the way our collection of companies has dynamically adapted to the current environment to maintain all recommended social distancing procedures while continuing to operate essential businesses.  We are living through a public health crisis, but also an economic one, and we feel it is important that, so long as we are able to do so safely, we continue to provide employment opportunities in the markets in which we operate.  If any of our readers know of someone looking for work in this uncertain time, we are actively hiring across the board in Maine (12), New Hampshire (1,2), MassachusettsRhode Island, and British Columbia, Canada.

Have a great week,

Your Chenmark Team

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