RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. When you awakened this morning and looked into the abyss that the American and global economy has become, how did you react? Were you filled with a grim resolve to persevere, or did you surrender to the Sirens of gloom and doom who scream nightly on TV and in world capitals that the Apocalypse is at hand?

I don’t know about you, but I’m a fighter. I want you to fight, too. Don’t give up. Start a business or go back to school and train for a new career. Or if you have a job and are worried about keeping it, work harder to make yourself more valuable while preparing an exit strategy in the event the worst comes to pass.

Read what Winston Churchill said of Great Britain’s “Darkest Hour”:

“Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

Where is our Churchill today to rally us? Well, there may not be one. That’s why it’s up to each of us to tighten the belt, stiffen the resolve and venture forth once more into the maelstrom in order to keep our families fed.

Whether we have jobs or not, all of us are in the same vehicle that has come to a sharp, 90-degree bend in the road. Our 401-Ks are worth cents on the dollar. Anyone with a stock portfolio is more likely to have moths than dividends.

Much too late, Warren Buffett – that billionaire sage of Omaha – and Mad Money Jim Cramer and an increasing number of so-called Wizards of Wall Street are warning about where governments are taking the economy. Much too late, corporate execs from tech to banking are striving frantically to keep doors open. Much too late, too many people realize that jobs are not guaranteed for life – union or no union.

However, it’s not too late for individuals to resolve to fight on, to not surrender no matter what the costs. This is NOT the Great Depression. This is NOT Sept. 11, 2001. This is NOT Pearl Harbor. This is NOT the Black Death. This is NOT the Apocalypse. This is NOT London during the Blitz.

That abyss you may have looked into at O-dark-30 because you couldn’t sleep or because your alarm goes off well before any rooster awakes (like mine) eventually faded. The sun came up.

We will survive. We will prevail – as long as we don’t surrender.