A friend recently asked me, "How is the economy affecting you?" I told him, I have two things going for me most Americans don't have:
1) I know how to work, and
2) I am willing to do "WIT" (Whatever It Takes) to get the job done!
The marketplace is going to PUNISH, without discretion, those that don't know how to work, don't appreciate work and who don't do WIT--whatever it takes-- when they work. The punishment will expand until it disciplines all those not willing to work in order to get a solution. Work is the oldest discipline of the marketplace and the only solution to the current conditions we find ourselves in economically.
Our ancestors prided themselves on, and knew the importance of hard work and took pride in this accomplishment. Long days at work were the norm whereby men and women alike did whatever it took to get the job done! Work was appreciated, respected and expected! Over the last four decades, work has become an ugly word in our culture. Since the late sixties and the psychiatric, "blame someone else", influence on our culture, the advice doled out suggests our parents were the cause of our problems, that all of mankind has some kind of "chemical imbalance" and our shortcomings and problems are inherited. Every human deficit is labeled a disease and popping a pill becomes the quick-fix to everything. Lowering levels of responsibility and increasing levels of blame result in all sorts of other diluted solutions like no-money-down purchases, no-cost credit cards, get-rich-quick-with stocks, unconscious/blind faith 401k investing, and "I deserve what everyone else has regardless of my financial condition".
We have gone from a work culture to an entitlement culture. Work increases an individual's sense of self-worth and self-respect.
Even in this time and age, don't forget the importance of hard work and personal responsibility as a solution to problems.
Make sure you are "WIT enabled" and you will rise above the economic pressure.