- The petroleum glut. Lower prices for fuel should lead to lower prices for certain goods and services.
- Available money. From banks and from VCs. Don’t forget crowdsourcing.
- Aging baby boomers. Those who retire leave jobs open to upcoming talent. Those who keep working provide guidance for succeeding generations.
- Medical (including pharmaceutical) advances. The recent past portends a brilliant future.
- Digital advances. Most of the devices that we use daily are more dependable than just a few years ago.
- Creativity unleashed. Opportunities in the digital realm continue to be discovered by clever individuals and teams. New software, new apps.
- Opening minds. While political/social polarization endures, certain parties seem more willing to listen to and consider the viewpoints of others.
- American power. Despite China’s ascendancy, the U.S. dollar continues to be the world’s standard currency because of our country’s stability.
- Shared knowledge/wisdom. Colleges and universities are providing more training in disciplines that businesses want and need.
- Entertainment and information galore. For heavy consumers of media (like me), ever-increasing quantities of video, audio and text content are available via numerous platforms and channels.
If costs can be contained—for medical advances, for higher education, for technical devices, for media content—the future looks brighter.