A recent Washington Post article was titled “Elusive Dream.”
The article was painting a picture of a despairing perspective on the future. It had data to support the perspective. It is true that the job picture has not improved that much in several years, and there is greater fear that jobs aren’t very stable. When combined with all the other factors that make modern living more expensive, this does leave many feeling like they are running in place or sliding backwards.
This is not just a U.S. issue (which was the focus of the article). This is a “Developed Nations” issue.
The bigger challenge in my view, is the narrow perspective. The flip side of the factors that have created this situation for many is the opening of many opportunities. Much of what is going on is that the world is changing, but people are not recognizing this or they are being resistant and frozen by fear.
All of our wonderful technology and communication gadgets…which everyone loves to have and use, are also representative of the changes. Technology in business reduces the need for people from a productivity standpoint. The opposite side though, is that technology enables someone to start a business from their computer and work around the world.
There is MORE opportunity now than ever. It just doesn’t look the same as it did ten years ago, nor will it look the same in ten years from right now!
In a static scenario, if you continue to do what you’ve always done, you will continue to get what you’ve always got. But in today’s world, that is not the case. The pace of change is too fast.
You have to be willing to adapt and change. Don’t fear change, fear standing still.
Opportunity is all around. Go for it.