It’s A Cruel World, After All

Look at what is happening to “our” kids.

A recent article in The New York Times Magazine  reported there are 1.7 million members of the Class of 2011, and during their four-year journey in college they witnessed the greatest bull market in the history of finance and the worst economic malaise since the Great Depression.

1.7 million young people, degrees and massive debt in hand, are competing with “us” for work.

It’s not going so well for them either.

The Class of 2011 is working as unpaid interns, supermarket shelf stock staff and baristas, and they are pissed off.

More good news: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics  is guessing that only 5 of 20 jobs projected to grow the fastest over the next decade would require a BA.

We are witnessing a tectonic shift in the way we work.

America is largely participating these days in a gig economy- we are freelancing, consulting, and doing temp work, as opposed to performing one big job. We are doing what we need to do to get by.

Moms and dads are wondering if their children are ever going to leave the house.

Kids and their families are wondering how to pay those student loans.

Middle-aged workers are flummoxed and bewildered.

We have witnessed the greatest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the 1% in the history of the human race. The bankers won, and we lost, and there is nothing we can do about it…

…except reinvent.

Look online, in a paper or a magazine and every day you see success stories; people who have decided that for them, achievement is still a choice. These people have eschewed material satisfaction and have insisted on delayed gratification to focus on an idea. They have rededicated and redoubled their efforts to avoid at all costs the notion of being some corporation’s bitch.

This re-imagining of one’s life requires sacrifice and sweat, but if somehow we can raise our heads to look just beyond the horizon of the present and see what’s possible, we have a good shot at designing a future that makes getting up in the morning worthwhile.

You possess a set of skills that you can survive and thrive with. Right now, this very moment, you have something the economy needs. What’s your piece in the big puzzle? What is happening in your area that you can contribute to? What can you bring to the table?

Most people are willing to just let it be. They either choose not to reinvent or they accept that it is what it is.

You are not most people. You have some fight in you. You are going to raise your game.

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