Whether you are an investor, business person or just looking for a lifestyle change…what is happening now could be good for you…if you see it in the positive way…and adjust accordingly.
The Friday, December 4, 2009 USA Today headline was Employers cut 533,000 jobs in Nov., most since 1974.
This article by Barbara Hagenbaugh said: Employers slashed jobs at the swiftest pace in 34 years in November, leading the unemployment rate to rise to 6.7% from 6.5% in October and the highest in 15 years, the government said Friday. The report points to a rapidly deepening recession. The unemployment rate was held down as discouraged workers dropped out of the job pool.
This can lead to a lifestyle opportunity…for several reasons.
I find this downturn very exciting. Last June I had my annual progression with my Vedic astrologer and he commented, “beginning Nov. 30, 2008 the period will be benign but will give self confidence that I will doubt.”
See how and why astrology is one of many ways I process information at Beyond Logic.
My astrologer asked for feedback on how this came to light because he had never seen this before. What this meant was puzzling to him.
Now I can see how this position has been growing all through last year…as markets collapsed…as the portfolios we create and track crashed..as the world’s material mindset began to crumble. I have felt a growing sense that everything is in perfect order…correct…and whatever comes we’ll (Merri, me and you, my readers) not only do well….but will prosper greatly.
While many feel fear, I feel excitement and anticipation. What a chance to examine new ways of living, business and investing!
Of course, part of me has questions, “Can this all be right? Will markets collapse?” etc. etc.
But in my heart there really is no fear.
I work at keeping it that way as well. I stay away from the popular press headlines for example. I do not watch TV (we don’t have it here in NC or in Ecuador) or get caught up in the daily news.
Doing this is supported by Time magazine’s December 11, 2008 article, “The Happiness Effect” by Alice Park which says:
So public-health experts are beginning to wonder whether certain health-related behaviors are just as contagious as microbes.
If you’re struggling with your weight, did you in effect catch a case of fat by learning poor eating and exercise habits from a friend or family member who was similarly infected by someone else?
If you smoke, do you light up because you were behaviorally contaminated by smokers who convinced you of the coolness of the habit? Even more important, if such unhealthy behaviors are contagious, are healthy ones–like quitting smoking or exercising–equally so? And what if not only behaviors but also moods and mental states work the same way?
Can you catch a case of happy? Increasingly, the answer seems to be yes.
That’s the intriguing conclusion from a body of work by Harvard social scientist Dr. Nicholas Christakis and his political-science colleague James Fowler at the University of California at San Diego. The pair created a sensation with their announcement earlier this month of a 20-year study showing that emotions can pass among a network of people up to three degrees of separation away, so your joy may, to a larger extent than you realize, be determined by how cheerful your friends’ friends’ friends are, even if some of the people in this chain are total strangers to you.
If that’s so, it creates a whole new paradigm for the way people get sick and, more important, how to get them healthy. It may mean that an individual’s well-being is the product not just of his behaviors and emotions but more of the way they feed into a larger social network. Think of it as health Facebook-style. “We have a collective identity as a population that transcends individual identity,” says Christakis. “This superorganism has an anatomy, physiology, structure and function that we are trying to understand.”
This is what I do…just shut the negatives off. If a happy friend of a friend’s friend can help you be happy…so too can fear in a distant acquaintance help you be afraid. I focus instead on the positive side of the changes in man’s mindset that this downturn can bring..about having stuff…using natural resources…being more with friends and family…leading a simpler life. These are changes humanity must make. Economics are usually the fastest guide.
How can we complain, if one of our greatest tasks in life is to stop using so much plastic and the economic slowdown stops us from buying as much junk? How can we complain, when one of our greatest tasks is to reduce our carbon output when the economic slowdown stops us from driving so much? How can we complain when when one of our greatest tasks in life is to rid ourselves on the dependence on fossil fuels when the economic slowdown enhances innovations for alternate energy?
We’ll see how this unfolds…but I have always seen myself as an investor and business person on the leading edge…writing about what Merri and I are actually doing…rather than theories. We are always starting some new venture and venture capitalists see opportunity in recession.
Ventures are fun!
An excerpt from a recent article in USA Today about venture investors by Edward Iwata, says: Ever the glowing optimists, venture capitalists here vowed this week that a backlog of healthy young companies — with $100 million-plus in annual revenue and growing — are poised to lift the economy and stock market next year when they get acquired or go public.
“Ignore the gloomy forecasts”, says Tim Draper, founder of the Draper Fisher Jurvetson venture firm in Silicon Valley. “Many successful start-ups were born or grew quickly during downturns. That includes Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Google, eBay and Fairchild Semiconductor, which launched the technology revolution in the 1950s.
“Each recession provides opportunities for renewal and growth,” Draper said. “The short-term view may be down, but the long-term view is fantastic.”
Draper and others even predict that new products and companies in clean technology, medical devices, wireless technology and other sectors will usher in a new economic era.
Some economists forecast that the U.S. economy won’t bounce back for several quarters. But that didn’t deter several hundred leading venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from spreading economic cheer at the Always On Venture Summit Silicon Valley at the Ritz-Carlton hotel here.
The article predicted a rebound after several quarters and went on to say:
Jeff Matthews, general partner at the RAM Partners hedge fund, said the current downturn is “absolutely the worst I’ve ever seen since the mid-1970s.” The upside? Wise investors will follow the example of legendary investor Warren Buffett, who bought all of the stocks he could afford in that recession 30 years ago.
“This is a cycle, a very terrible cycle,” Matthews says. “But this, too, shall pass.”
So Merri and I invite you to join us, with other venture and value investors like Warren Buffet, on the positive side of this downturn. The lifestyle opportunity could be a once in a lifetime deal!
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