It is anyone's guess. In the wake of the week I heard many negative diatribes from Monday Morning Quarterbacks who think the US is going to hell in a handbasket. Among these important and tell tale moments this week:
1. A sad situation regarding a disgruntled employee who turned guns on fellow co-workers in my home town in Silicon Valley. It ended with police having to shoot back and eventually leaving the tragedy in an end with the gunman dead. The news media focused on this with full force this week.
2. Obama's Jobs Bill - purported to be an economic pick up option - we will see what this leads to in the coming weeks.
3. We heard from the news media how the economy is "fragile" and how Europe is falling apart at the seams.
4. We lost a Tech Giant in the Silicon Valley - Steve Jobs - founder of Apple and a major reason so many of us carry an "ipad", an "i-phone", an itouch, or an ipod. The company he founded has a bright future ahead of it.
5. We kept hearing about angry protesters on Wall Street and thier greivances about the state of the economic malaise.
I could go on, but each story indicates an interesting reality about the economic circumstances - economic growth is not best manipulated by government, but begins at the entrepreneurship spirit. It is that characteristic of a small business owner driving new ideas and moving economic independence that must be harnessed.
The future of the economy may seem in the short term in doubt, but ingenuity, the poetic spirit of the entrepreneur taking a risk and rising above the challenges to make it, there continues to be amazing probabilities and possibilities for the future. The economy we are part of is a lesson for enjoying life. Each of the above stories shows how short-sighted individuals can be and how amazing some people are at changing the world - hence Steve Jobs, Apple, et al.
The power our economic future holds is up to us individually to find our path forward. But we need not fear the possibilities - instead making our own luck and building a path to the future is the greatest answer to short-sighted tendencies to forget the roots forged of earlier years of experience. Nothing opens the doors to greatness better than remaining positive. As long as entrepreneurs test thier ideas and make moves to meet those business opportunities head on - well there is no telling just what might make the economic future bright and steadfast indeed!