Sunday, 7 December 2008

Why 2009 is going to be a great year


Please turn off the radio and TV for a short while and let me give you some realistic opinion. The year 2009 is going to be a great year for those who are willing to make it so for themselves.

This is not empty talk. I am going to give you ten reasons why 2009 will be a year of unequalled opportunity to make your mark in the world.

1. ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING IS GOING TO CREATE ENORMOUS WEALTH. As a result of the current financial crisis, some companies might go bankrupt. That's great news since those companies will be taken over by a different management, people with a new vision and new ambitions. Those companies will stop producing what nobody wants to buy. Instead, they will focus their efforts on other markets and opportunities. The restructuring process will create massive amounts of wealth and a myriad of new jobs.

2. BARRIERS FOR MOVING HAVE BEEN GREATLY REDUCED. It used to be costly to move to another city or country in order to take a new job. I have good news. The cost of housing, whether buying or renting, has been greatly reduced in many areas of the world. If you want to change jobs, if you want to explore new opportunities, there has never been a better time. Even if you decide to move only for a short while, you can now rent a furnished apartment cheaply in many cities. T
he cost of moving to a new place will not be stopping you from pursuing your dreams.

3. VIOLENCE IS DECREASING AROUND THE WORLD. Despite grim news in the media, the truth is that violence is decreasing around the world. No doubt, there are still many unsolved problems and many dangerous places, but overall, the situation is clearly improving. I would say that the reason for this, very often, is purely practical. Violence is bad for business. Production and commerce get people together. Selling things to each other and trying out each other's food can go a long a way in preventing conflict.

4. MANY ASSETS WILL APPRECIATE SHARPLY. While some businesses and currencies might lose substantial value, other assets will appreciate sharply. Instability creates opportunity. To a certain extent, instability is uncomfortable and risky, but remember, only dead matter remains stable. Unlike stones and plastic, human beings can thrive in change. Look for the businesses and currencies that will be appreciating. Invest your savings wisely and you will be rewarded. Life flows in the direction of opportunity.

5. TOLERANCE AND GOODWILL ARE INCREASING. When I see hateful speeches and characters portrayed in the media, I wonder how hard journalists had to work in order to find them. I look around the people I know and I see hateful persons becoming fewer and fewer. There are many different opinions around the world. Some views are foolish and unrealistic, but they hardly justify a heated debate. Live and let live, most people say. Tolerance will carry the day amongst thinking individuals. Goodwill increases as people travel and get to see the world.

6. FLEXIBILITY WILL ALLOW YOU NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. It is always painful to lose your job if your industry is facing a shrinking market for its products. Look at it from a different perspective. An economic crisis consists of a massive shifting of resources from low-profit areas to high-profit opportunities. That is not bad. On the contrary, that is what shows the health of an economy. There is no progress without change. Use your creativity to adapt to the new situation. Be flexible and open your eyes to new opportunities.

7. PROFIT/REVENUE PARTICIPATION WILL RETURN FOR MANY EMPLOYEES. During the last years, when the economy was working on a high gear, it was difficult for mid-level employees to negotiate anything. Money was plentiful and no company cared too much about any particular employee. This is going to change in many industries. When cash is less plentiful, creativity will play a larger role. You will see established companies acting like start-ups. The liquidity to offer large cash salaries might no longer be around. That's great news. This means that companies will be offering profit/revenue participation or share-options to many more employees that it used to be the rule.

8. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM ENORMOUS BARGAINS. In many aspects of your life, real prices might decrease for major purchases. In other words, prices might remain the same despite growing inflation. This is something that you could profit from. In particular, if you invest your savings into rapidly appreciating assets. The ongoing economic reshuffling will have a sunny side. Many things that are currently unaffordable will become cheaper for millions of people around the world. The consequences of market changes will be different in each country, but there will opportunities everywhere. Open your eyes and ask yourself what you can do in order to profit from the situation.

9. IMMIGRATION WILL CREATE JOBS FOR MANY. From North to South, from East to West, and then all the way back. Millions of people move every year in search of a better life. Frontiers are becoming more open in many countries. Good for them. Immigration will create jobs and opportunities for many. A better life and a better future in a new environment. Immigrants bring ambition, knowledge, and open attitudes into societies. Overall, immigration creates massive wealth for open countries. Its positive effect will be felt in many areas around the world.

10. LOW-COST COMMUNICATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO REDUCE ABUSES EVERYWHERE. With television cameras and internet access everywhere, it has become increasingly difficult to be evil. Abuses are immediately reported worldwide, people are outraged, and take action to improve things. You seldom meet anyone who speaks openly against good causes. This is great news. When levels of morality increase, people become more tolerant. When excuses for abuse vanish, the world becomes a better place.

CONCLUSION. IT IS IN YOUR OWN HANDS TO ENSURE THAT 2009 IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR. Stop complaining right now, assess your situation, and decide what you are going to do to make your own life better. Some countries will be in bad shape in 2009, other countries will be great. Some currencies will lose value, others will appreciate sharply. Upwards or downwards, opportunities will be created everywhere. The message for the new year has not changed since Roman philosopher Epictetus recommended two thousand years ago to "Focus on things that you can control." It's up to you to keep your eyes open and seize opportunities. It's up to you to ensure that 2009 is going to be a great year.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image: "Pompeii couple," Roman fresco from the 1st century A.D. The original fresco is now located at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy]

Why 2009 is going to be a great year


Please turn off the radio and TV for a short while and let me give you some realistic opinion. The year 2009 is going to be a great year for those who are willing to make it so for themselves.

This is not empty talk. I am going to give you ten reasons why 2009 will be a year of unequalled opportunity to make your mark in the world.

1. ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING IS GOING TO CREATE ENORMOUS WEALTH. As a result of the current financial crisis, some companies might go bankrupt. That's great news since those companies will be taken over by a different management, people with a new vision and new ambitions. Those companies will stop producing what nobody wants to buy. Instead, they will focus their efforts on other markets and opportunities. The restructuring process will create massive amounts of wealth and a myriad of new jobs.

2. BARRIERS FOR MOVING HAVE BEEN GREATLY REDUCED. It used to be costly to move to another city or country in order to take a new job. I have good news. The cost of housing, whether buying or renting, has been greatly reduced in many areas of the world. If you want to change jobs, if you want to explore new opportunities, there has never been a better time. Even if you decide to move only for a short while, you can now rent a furnished apartment cheaply in many cities. T
he cost of moving to a new place will not be stopping you from pursuing your dreams.

3. VIOLENCE IS DECREASING AROUND THE WORLD. Despite grim news in the media, the truth is that violence is decreasing around the world. No doubt, there are still many unsolved problems and many dangerous places, but overall, the situation is clearly improving. I would say that the reason for this, very often, is purely practical. Violence is bad for business. Production and commerce get people together. Selling things to each other and trying out each other's food can go a long a way in preventing conflict.

4. MANY ASSETS WILL APPRECIATE SHARPLY. While some businesses and currencies might lose substantial value, other assets will appreciate sharply. Instability creates opportunity. To a certain extent, instability is uncomfortable and risky, but remember, only dead matter remains stable. Unlike stones and plastic, human beings can thrive in change. Look for the businesses and currencies that will be appreciating. Invest your savings wisely and you will be rewarded. Life flows in the direction of opportunity.

5. TOLERANCE AND GOODWILL ARE INCREASING. When I see hateful speeches and characters portrayed in the media, I wonder how hard journalists had to work in order to find them. I look around the people I know and I see hateful persons becoming fewer and fewer. There are many different opinions around the world. Some views are foolish and unrealistic, but they hardly justify a heated debate. Live and let live, most people say. Tolerance will carry the day amongst thinking individuals. Goodwill increases as people travel and get to see the world.

6. FLEXIBILITY WILL ALLOW YOU NEW EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. It is always painful to lose your job if your industry is facing a shrinking market for its products. Look at it from a different perspective. An economic crisis consists of a massive shifting of resources from low-profit areas to high-profit opportunities. That is not bad. On the contrary, that is what shows the health of an economy. There is no progress without change. Use your creativity to adapt to the new situation. Be flexible and open your eyes to new opportunities.

7. PROFIT/REVENUE PARTICIPATION WILL RETURN FOR MANY EMPLOYEES. During the last years, when the economy was working on a high gear, it was difficult for mid-level employees to negotiate anything. Money was plentiful and no company cared too much about any particular employee. This is going to change in many industries. When cash is less plentiful, creativity will play a larger role. You will see established companies acting like start-ups. The liquidity to offer large cash salaries might no longer be around. That's great news. This means that companies will be offering profit/revenue participation or share-options to many more employees that it used to be the rule.

8. YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM ENORMOUS BARGAINS. In many aspects of your life, real prices might decrease for major purchases. In other words, prices might remain the same despite growing inflation. This is something that you could profit from. In particular, if you invest your savings into rapidly appreciating assets. The ongoing economic reshuffling will have a sunny side. Many things that are currently unaffordable will become cheaper for millions of people around the world. The consequences of market changes will be different in each country, but there will opportunities everywhere. Open your eyes and ask yourself what you can do in order to profit from the situation.

9. IMMIGRATION WILL CREATE JOBS FOR MANY. From North to South, from East to West, and then all the way back. Millions of people move every year in search of a better life. Frontiers are becoming more open in many countries. Good for them. Immigration will create jobs and opportunities for many. A better life and a better future in a new environment. Immigrants bring ambition, knowledge, and open attitudes into societies. Overall, immigration creates massive wealth for open countries. Its positive effect will be felt in many areas around the world.

10. LOW-COST COMMUNICATIONS WILL CONTINUE TO REDUCE ABUSES EVERYWHERE. With television cameras and internet access everywhere, it has become increasingly difficult to be evil. Abuses are immediately reported worldwide, people are outraged, and take action to improve things. You seldom meet anyone who speaks openly against good causes. This is great news. When levels of morality increase, people become more tolerant. When excuses for abuse vanish, the world becomes a better place.

CONCLUSION. IT IS IN YOUR OWN HANDS TO ENSURE THAT 2009 IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR. Stop complaining right now, assess your situation, and decide what you are going to do to make your own life better. Some countries will be in bad shape in 2009, other countries will be great. Some currencies will lose value, others will appreciate sharply. Upwards or downwards, opportunities will be created everywhere. The message for the new year has not changed since Roman philosopher Epictetus recommended two thousand years ago to "Focus on things that you can control." It's up to you to keep your eyes open and seize opportunities. It's up to you to ensure that 2009 is going to be a great year.

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image: "Pompeii couple," Roman fresco from the 1st century A.D. The original fresco is now located at the National Archaeological Museum of Naples, Italy]