The year is 2009. The setting: The United States of America. Imagine for one minute that in the blink of an eye, a nation of wealth and prosperity suddenly turns to poverty, joblessness and struggle. People are forced to face adversity like never before and overcome obstacles that once seemed "beneath" them. Bankers have become beggars, college graduates are fighting for a job at McDonald's, constuction workers are waiting for their phones to ring, and retail workers have watched their places of employment downsize or even close their doors permanently. Worst of all, suddenly, I'm poor.
This sounds like the making of a great movie based on some "futuristic depression", only this is no screen play. This is reality. This is your reality and this is mine. I'm sure many of us would like to burry our heads in the sand or point a finger at a politician, investment group, public figure or just rattle off our one "brilliant" solution that will turn the economy around "if people would only listen". Yeah, sure. Let's be honest, none of this is going to do a damn bit of good. It is time for solutions, not whining, fingerpointing or useless complaining(oftentimes done in groups of breakroom-cynics).
So where are we at and what are we to do? I would love to say there is one miracle answer, but that would be a fallacy. A good suggestion for restimulating the economy would be to create new jobs. How is this accomplished you ask? Do what you have always wanted to do. Work for yourself. What are you good at? Are you an accountant who has spent 20yrs hiding in a cubicle? Do you punch out every Friday at 5, just so you can spend the weekend doing what you really love......building custom birdhouses(that for some reason you never show). Your garage is already a woodworking shop, why not start a web site, do a little advertising and give it a go. You might find happiness and success far beyond your wildest dreams. Who knows, you might even need a few employees.
What about you? What are you good at? Cooking, sewing, pottery or jewlery making? Inventing,restoring or teaching? Make an instuctional DVD, make a new product, live your life and believe in yourself and suddenly you might not be so poor anymore. Goodluck everyone!
See you next time!