2016: The 2nd Greatest Year Ever Invented
January 5, 2016
Your career, and your life, is about to get better this year. How can a person be so upbeat about 2016? Read on.
Eight years ago, at this same point, and right here in this column, I wrote this:
"2009 will be the greatest year ever invented! With things in turmoil and uncertainty, this is why the new year will be the year you can literally shine the brightest and best: As they say, the circumstances never MAKE the person, they REVEAL them. This year is going to be a crazy, topsy-turvy roller coaster ride, and you will make the biggest choices of your career life. Play your cards right, and you will also have the greatest opportunities in an incredible number of things. You can choose to navigate your way through all the change and come out on top, or you can choose to do nothing, and be swept away by all the change of your industry and in your life this year. This is not just the entertainment industry I am talking about; it applies to ALL industries!"
2008/2009 were the most volatile economic years ever since the Great Depression. In March of that year of 2009, my prediction in the above paragraph came true. The market and economy bottomed out and started on a rip that only today is topping. And it's about to repeat this.
I always love a good new year. Always full of much hope and optimism. But this year it feels even better again. How do I know this? Because there's a lot of "fear" circulating in the air, and it makes me feel very good about things to come this year. My fear index alarms are going off once again, just like they did at the beginning of 2008. People are afraid. Have you looked on social media lately?
TROUBLE, AND MORE TROUBLE?
You hear it same as I do, and it's all negative. The price of oil is tanking. Another recession is coming. Bad corporate earnings. Layoffs. Deflation. Inflation. War. Credit bubble. Cutbacks. Sounds like the talk in 2008. The DOW closes LOWER in 2015 than at any time since 2008, coincidentally.
Instead of charging into the new year invigorated, most folks are cautiously moving forward, taking baby steps. It's obvious: "Negative" sentiment is permeating every household. And what does that mean? I'll tell you what it means ... It's about to go way down quickly, then go way up positive.
It's also a big presidential election year. Couple this with everything going on in the world, and there will be MASSIVE volatility of all sorts this year, in just about every area of life. This is GREAT News. It will cut across everything. I see people arguing and fighting today on Facebook about politics like never before. People who would never ordinarily get political on Facebook are doing so; it's incredible! And it doesn't matter which "side" they happen to be on. They are literally AFRAID of the other side winning the election!
INSTABILITY = OPPORTUNITY
It's called a "Vortex of Instability." I have always loved operating when it is the most unstable, bringing stability to the unstable situation and finding the right path out. Some folks sit around wringing their hands about how bad things are, but the successful get going at these moments. Will you be paralyzed, or will you get going within the uncertainty?
This is a flashing neon sign to me that this year will be a year of fantastic down and up opportunity, because all things snap back from where they happen to be currently. If people feel "fear" today, they will snap back to "greed" at some point tomorrow (yes, it's inescapable cyclical human behavior), and that means huge opportunity.
We had this in 2008 as well. I loved that year; it was the year we had the real estate bubble collapse and losses in real estate really started accelerating. I remember the Dow swinging 1,000 points in a single day in spring of 2009. Find the cycle, read the cycle, and understand everything is cyclical.
Some people love it, some people hate it. Yet it cannot be denied, that out of volatility, comes MASSIVE opportunity, and I mean huge opportunity. This is why I am so excited about 2016. I have not been so excited since 2008, the last time we were seeing and feeling this type of craziness. Last time it was an election and real estate, this time it will be something else. We don't know what that is yet, but the signs are there as to how this year is going to play out. The fear will build, and then the snapback will occur.
A lot of people will read this and go "Whoa, you are calling for a terrible year." No, I'm calling for a fabulous year, created by instability and volatility that will eventually stabilize like it always does eventually.
Don't let the bad news slow you down. It's the old "Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining" thing. When you find yourself in a difficult patch, just look around. There's something really good here, and if you can find that good thing, you can really benefit. Looking around today, I see a lot of people being motivated by fear, which means, that the closest cousin to fear, greed, is right around the corner. Opportunities to rise above challenges and opportunities to create huge wins for you. Leaders will rise up, and we will see this happen right before our very eyes.
You can literally feel it. Challenges are growing even bigger. Pressures to perform are greater, budgets are higher, the need for growth is getting more and more intense. This sets up as the greatest set of circumstances you could ever imagine, as your creativity and energy is needed more than ever! Remember that circumstances never MAKE the person, they REVEAL the person. Be revealed as the true person you are.
The fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) is really stirring out there, there's all kinds of boogeymen coming for us. At times when the greatest challenges exist, there will also exist the exact equal and opposite amount of opportunity. This is how the universe works. Where there are problems, there are profits. Know it, and make it work for you.
Grasp the fantastic opportunities that the great year of 2016 will bring to you and your career. Warning: Expect volatility, but expect the after effects of volatility and the resulting success just as much. Be ready for 2016!