Here we are. It is the cusp of 2017 and we’re just moments away from completing an undeniably different year in the history of America.
Nationally, this year has been one of massive changes in politics, an increase in racial tension, a divide between the states, and then there’s the not so quiet discussion of what to do next.
Without sounding like it’s all doom and gloom from a divided country marked by new levels of hurt and frustration, there is actually quite an upside here.
First, it is not just one people group feeling the most recent effects of our country’s decisions right now, everyone one is, albeit to varying degrees. When this many people are involved, usually a drastic call to action takes place. Whether happily or not, we are all in this together.
Second, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, drastic change often causes people to look within and start actively searching out solutions. By all accounts, massive hurt can very quickly turn into massive innovation and opportunity.
But first, this idea that only the affluent and not the poor have access to these opportunities, must also be debunked. If you want my opinion, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Right now, the playing field in this day and age has become very even. We can thank the Internet for that. So, why is this important? Well, for starters, as this country faces its divisive nature, it will inevitably end up leveraging modern day technology to pull itself out of this giant ditch.
The Internet age is powerfully transformative. Did you know that today the value of information is growing more and more by the second? As in, those that use digital mediums to push out their messages, form communities and build on their craft to help the masses. Yeah, that’s a pretty big deal.
So, what does that mean?
It means that there are countless opportunities for people from all walks of life, not just the affluent.
Making Your Own Way:
Let me give you a perfectly good example of what I’m talking about that has nothing to do with your standing in society.
Take a former, late-fifty-year-old veteran. He or she has experienced life in a way that some may not understand while also appealing to many others who do. In essence, they can serve a viable niche or target segment group of people.
Now, what this veteran knows, has experience with, understands, and can articulate, has value to society, especially within his or her own niche, or area he or she is most passionate about helping others understand.
By today’s standard of opportunity in leveraging the Internet, this veteran could potentially use technology to monetize their information by building their own company, attracting new business and earning new customers. Concurrently, they don’t even need to leave their home.
Why is this a big deal? Well, this individual has the ability to earn income their way, live free, help and serve others (their niche), afford more, worry less and create a ripple effect on the masses they serve through their Internet mediums.
I’m not the smartest man in the world, but that’s massively powerful.
Obviously there’s more here to unpack and think through, but here’s the white elephant in the room,
“The veteran does NOT WANT TO GO BACK to his or her old job, nor does he or she have to. The factory workers do NOT WANT TO GO BACK to their old job, nor do they have to.”
The Fall of Old Systems:
Old societal systems no longer apply. Even if all these jobs could be recreated and structured, their only applicable value would be a paycheck; something that still keeps individuals stuck in the system, especially for jobs they hated anyways. Hence, “recreating” jobs that people would go to grudgingly is not the answer.
The system needed to fall and our current political and economic landscape in the U.S. is probably going to be the catalyst for that.
Old standard approaches to the work force took parents away from their children, and children away from their parents. What became a common practice from the previous industrial revolution days, has divided the family in more ways than one.
The Dawn of a New Era of Opportunity:
Of course, it’s not all bad. The shining truth is, within today’s digital revolution, we ALL have more opportunities than ever before.
This is the time to wake-up and start figuring out what opportunities are right in front of your face and realizing that you don’t need a political force to save you. You can create your own paycheck while fulfilling your passion. That has never been more in reach than right now.
As I always say, wake-up now while the time is here, or fall victim to an ever autopiloted system that doesn’t feed your soul or grow your wealth.