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A Labor Day of Fear

Posted by jeromefaraday on September 9, 2010

If we create our own reality, then we’ve manufactured quite a mess with the American economy. A search on Google News brings up headlines with the following words: weak, concern, fault and pain. And those are just on the first page. There was one article that used the word ‘positive.’ Too bad it referred to Russia’s economy.

If I had to pick one word to sum up the current US economic situation, I’d choose: fear. Businesses are afraid of new regulations and another slowdown, so they refuse to hire and sit on piles of cash. Investors are afraid of economic turbulence, so they remain on their sidelines with their money. Employees are perhaps the most fearful of all, afraid of losing their jobs and the resulting woes. They devote more time to the downsized firm and neglect family, friends, and creativity.

Is it any surprise that the economy continues to tank? The law of attraction is best defined as ‘like attracts like’ and it’s no wonder we’re attracting negative results when fear is the dominant societal emotion.

Now, I’m not going to downplay the genuine problems in the economy today and the ones that led us here, but with millions of people willing to work in a land of countless resources, I can’t help but think a wave of innovation and economic prosperity is just around the corner. If we as a society want it.

There are millions of people who’ve given up and checked out of the labor market, at least emotionally and I can’t blame them. Imagine if we could channel that frustration and defeatism into creativity and innovation.

Now is a perfect time for positive, creative, and hard working people who feel the ‘system’ doesn’t value them (and it probably doesn’t) to come up with incredible ideas to meet previously unmet needs and to solve chronic problems (and even have fun). The electric razor, tampons, and Monopoly were all invented during the Great Depression, for example.

The pain in America is real. It’s not healthy to deny it. But that positive, can do American spirit is still deep within all of us and that’s what we should be focusing on, as individuals and communities, not fear of the future. We should stop acting like the depressed kid moping around kicking a can and instead be the confident, courageous people that we know deep down that we are.

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