The American Dream has changed

The world has changed. And it is continuing to change- faster than ever. Some Americans are having trouble accepting this fact. They want the same American Dream that was available 30 years ago. They seem to think it is owed to them. And that somehow the government is going to provide it for them.

Seems like it would be our responsibility to figure out how to make a living and support our families in the new world.

Well the good news is that the American Dream is still available. It is just in a different form. In fact, when the world is changing so fast, there are more opportunities than ever- for those that are willing to let go of the way things were and discover the way things are. When the world changes paradigms, everything goes flat. Everyone is on equal footing. Possibility is abundant and available to all.

And we have some visionaries to help us understand how the world is changing. Seth Godin's most recent book, Linchpin, describes, "I grew up in a world where people did want they were told, followed instructions, found a job, made a living, and that was that. Now we live in a world where all the joy and profit have been squeezed out of following the rules." Hmmm... sounds ominous.

But he continues, "This is your opportunity. The indispensable employee brings humanity and connection and art to her organization." Seth calls these free-thinking people "linchpins."

I find this extremely hopeful. Humanity, connection, and art are now marketable- even desired. We do not have to hide our creative ideas, anymore. Rather, we will be compensated for our free-thinking. We will become indispensable.

So if you have a dream or awesome idea to make the world a better place- there is no better time to launch it.

PS: I wrote and published this blog at 40,017 feet on a Southwest flight. I paid $5 to do that. Some linchpin had a lofty idea and did not get talked out of it. Maybe she got a raise or a contract.

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