There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that we are currently living in the worst economic time since the great depression. Unemployment is high, bankruptcy filings are soaring, and foreclosures have more than tripled! But what got us in this mess to begin with? Some blame the mortgage brokers, big banks, Wall Street or Main Street! But what about the media? What about us? Did we have anything to do with it? Recession simply means business cycle contraction. If the economy doesn’t grow for two consecutive quarters then we are in a recession. But does that mean that there are no jobs? Does that affect our economy as bad as we think? No!! There’s a crazy theory that I subscribe to that says that the reason why we saw our economy plummet at such a fast rate was because everyone panicked! The media began to sensationalize the recession. People who didn’t even know what recession was were running around panicking! People were afraid so they stopped spending… When they stopped spending then businesses continued to do bad which added more to the chaos! The solution was simply to change our minds! When we heard the word recession we automatically thought of the worst, but if many people are losing money who is receiving it? Studies show that many successful businesses have been started during a recession and continue to do well way after. Burger King, FedEx, Microsoft, CNN, and MTV are all examples of such companies. A recession can be the ending point or the starting point; The Choice is ours and we have no excuse! We can either sit back and allow fear to stop us from going after our dreams or we can look fear straight in the face and say, “This is my time!!” Me personally I love the recession! To me recession simply means reset. The game is now zero to zero and those who stay focused and go after their dreams are the ones who will prosper in the end. Those who continue to make excuses will continue to be left behind with no chance of ever catching up. If you learned anything from this experience it should be to embrace the recession! Love it and use it as a way to fully maximize your potential!! Stop allowing your emotions, the media, and lack of knowledge stop you from living that dream!