"Green Sprouts." If I hear that termone more time I may shoot myself.
While it's perfectly normal to hope for positive rays of sunshine, the desperate search for hopeful signs may reflect an unwillingness to change – and an unwillingness to accept change.
You see, we are spoiled.
We became accustomed to the up and down business cycle during the past 3-4 decades and the game was rigged (we now learn) so that the up's were bigger than the down's – and tended to last longer too. So it's a Pavlovian response months into a big, long down to expect the up. And there's no denying that up is a whole lot more fun than down. That said, to ignore the clear signs that things have fundamentally changed – for the nation and for several major U.S. industries – is ultimately harmful to your career.
Your chances at career success over the next few years absolutely depend to clear eyes and pure thoughts. You have to embrace the notion that the macro economic conditions have changed – dramatically. You have to embrace that certain fundamentals (national debt, corporate debt, personal debt, the healthcare system, and social security – to name a few) have changed or are changing – dramatically. You have to embrace that certain industries (banking, cars, media) have changed – permanently. "This is not a test!" And it's not just a cycle.