The haves and have - nots: the gap is widening. Which will you be?

Author:Hardy, Darren
Position:Up front - Viewpoint essay
 
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I'd like to officially welcome you to 2012, one of the greatest periods of opportunity ever in human history. While there has always been opportunity, the sea changes we've experienced over the past few years have unearthed possibilities unlike anything ever seen before--particularly for the budding entrepreneur.

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As Industrial Age corporate structures and monolithic systems begin to crumble, those who once maintained unquestioned power have been dethroned, and everything--I mean, everything--is up for grabs. This, combined with recent technological innovations, has changed the game forever. Today, we are all wired directly to each other. No one has exclusive access to markets or distribution channels.

Your local community is no longer your only marketplace--he entire world is, instantly, 24/7- The world has been made flat, and so has the playing field of opportunity. Fifty years from now your children and your children's children will look back with envy--wishing they were you, right here, right now, in 2012, when this new frontier was still unclaimed.

But be forewarned. This newly leveled playing field also brings unrivaled competition--not just from the business down the street or members of your local chamber of commerce. Your new competition is in every neighborhood, every chamber of commerce, every main street in the world ... and every basement or bedroom occupied by a teenager with a laptop.

As we experience this duality of unparalleled opportunity and voracious...

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