Suddenly, at least for those who refused to see the signs, in late 2008 the economic airbus crashed into the mountain of hope. A wave of economic devastation that would potentially collapse the global economy began to drown us and there wasn’t a life boat in sight.
A tsunami of fear came crushing down on the global economy and jobs disappeared under the surge. Homes were foreclosed. Banks went under and long established old money companies went bankrupt or needed the government to bail them out.
Was it all over? Would business recover? Was this some kind of an apocalyptic warning that the end was near? These were questions spoken about on the news, late night talk shows and in living rooms around the world.
It’s just a few short years now since it was made official that we were in a global recession. Although bankruptcies were up by an unprecedented 34.6 percent over the first quarter of 2009, and even though many today are still buried under the debt and devastation brought on by over lending, over borrowing and overspending, and the general infestation of greed, there is a subtle but growing sense of hope that is beginning to return.
No, this blossoming hope seems to be of growing a new and “healthy economy,” based more on collaboration than direct and adversarial completion.
The world and its economics have changed and I don’t believe it can ever be the same.
“Those who go into business to make money serve a cruel master, and rarely get anything else. Those who go into business to be of service feed not only their bodies but also their souls.” ~ Dõv Baron
The belief in a stable job has buckled at the knees. The corporate ladder has been pushed over. The result is that many people are less willing to be dependent on some outside force for their financial certainty, and I believe that ultimately this is and will be seen as a good thing.
In many ways, it is that quiet rumbling within the middle-class mind that has and will continue to catalyze the “the new economy” becoming a reality.
Yes, the economy has changed. However, the opportunity to live the life of your dreams did not die with the announcement of a recession.
There have been many recessions, in fact, 14 since the “Great Depression” of 1929 and although people thought some of them were going to be financially fatal, in the long run, that was never an actuality.
In this new economy, we will have to do things differently, we will have to tap into resources that we have ignored and or taken for granted. These are not just the resources of the world but the resources of the self. Everything we do at Baron Master is dedicated to you discovering how you can not only survive but flourish by tapping into what you have that no one else has—even if you don’t know what that is—yet.
Think back to Boxing day 2004: It has taken time for the people of Indonesia to recover from the tsunami that devastated part of that country. It will take the people of Japan some time to recover from the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
And it will take some time for the world to recover from the financial tsunami that came crashing down in 2009. However, what I know about human beings is that in times of trouble we find a way to come together. We find a way to be there for each other. And we find a way to not only come back but to come back better and stronger than we were before.
So my call out to you is: Let’s use these seeming endings as new beginnings through our creating a tsunami of hope.
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