As a generation that has become used to instant gratification,the challenges we see before us are causing additionalconsternation because they are not a quick fix. The general mood isone of annoyance: "Can't we just figure out a way past this?","This is getting old", "I'm tired of all the doom and gloom,somebody's got to do something!"

Part of the problem is our reaction to being hammered with thesame message over and over. It tends to put us into the "Enoughalready!" camp. But there are ways to combat the mass exodusmentality and stick it out.

The first is simply to look at history. The recession of 1991produced an amazing recovery. After the recession, the UnitedStates enjoyed a full decade of economic growth. The internet youare accessing via your notebook PC in order to read this articlealong with the tens of thousands of related innovations that cameinto being are a direct result of recovery from a recession thatwas called by some in 1991 the Vanishing of the American Dream.

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