Have you ever actually listened to an economist on the news? They might be the single most depressing group of people on earth. I’ve never heard one actually say anything optimistic.
Here’s what a typical interview sounds like:
News reporter: Good news! The economy added 200,000 new jobs last month.
Economist: Yes, but…doom and gloom, obscure economic principle, the end of the world is near, etc. etc.
200,000 people who last month didn’t have jobs now have jobs and somehow Mr. Economist manages to find the negative.
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News report: The economy only added 160,000 jobs last month.
Economist: Blah, blah. Doom and gloom. Blah, blah. End of the world. Obscure economic term, blah, blah. Blame someone, blah, blah.
That is pretty much how a recent segment went on the radio.
The “economy” added 160,000 jobs?
No it didn’t. People did. People who run small businesses. People who run “evil” corporations. People who are employing others, driving the economy, and…changing the world.
Then some economist commentated on this “disappointing” news. In a matter of twenty seconds, he managed to explain why the numbers were actually bad, blame both political parties, depress 87% of the listeners, and tie-in the job numbers to an increase in dandruff. OK, I made that last one up…and the statistic about depression.
We are all artists now.
That is the declaration Seth Godin makes in the opening of his new book, The Icarus Deception.
Your comfort zone says otherwise. Your comfort zone says:
“School taught me to keep my head down, raise my hand to speak, get a good job with health insurance and maybe, just maybe my 401(k) will allow me one day to make art.”
That is the lie of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is the devil on your shoulder telling you that you can never truly be an artist. It tells you that your work doesn’t matter and that the art that is clamoring to leap out of you will always be restrained by societal pressures, bills to pay, and the ringing words of all those who have laughed at the dreamers.
If you are reading this post and haven’t awakened to the reality that our economy is drastically different than it was twenty years ago, I need to tell you something:
Our economy is drastically different than it was ten years ago. It’s probably going to be different in three years…or thirty minutes.