When life is good, most of us have the tendency to become very complacent. We are happy and don’t have the desire to change things. When life presents us with challenges, we find ourselves thinking of new ways to do things. In 2010, many of us will begin to take a good look at our personal situations.
Many of us have taken a strong hit over the last two years. Actually, our “hits” have been coming for a decade. The chart (below) from the United States Bureau of Labor Statics, demonstrates the rise in U.S. unemployment over the last decade. Rising unemployment is not a new phenomenon. It has been in the news more recently because it hovered right at 10% in December, 2010. Ouch!
More and more Americans are in the “I might lose my job” category everyday. Nevertheless, we will start to thrive in this environment. Americans are resilient. We will stand up, brush ourselves off and learn how move forward in this crazy economy.
Necessity and desperation ignite creativity and innovation. At Wild Innovation, we define innovation as “coming up with new ideas, products, collaborations, services and solutions that can be used.” Companies and communities need ideas to turn into reality because ideas are the true economic driver of American society.
More and more Americans will begin to put their thoughts into action as the economy continues to throw them curve balls. It is time to face the idea that our globalized world will continue to evolve very quickly, and we have to become more agile so we can adapt and thrive in it.
Change can be a bit painful and difficult, but it can also be a great way to ignite our passions and get more out of life on both a personal and professional level.