As we've all heard, "Things are going to get worse before they get better". That is indeed true. What I hope to do with this thread is to give you an outline of what is happening and is going to happen in these times, and how you can potentially position yourself to reap major profits. As we've all seen, people are losing their jobs rapidly. This is the first major step in the establishment of the emerging economy. Number two is the raising of educational requirements across all professions. This is also going to cause a lot of people to lose their jobs and stay unemployed. The third and final that is going to happen is the emergence of a performance-based business model. What this means is, you will longer be paid for just showing up and clocking-in. You will now be have to actually perform the work they ask of you and you will have to do it at a constantly improving rate. If you don't, I can guarantee you'll see a major decrease in your paycheck. What'll happen first is, you'll be laid off for a while. If you meet the qualification requirements for that job, they'll bring you back. You won't start off at your original salary, though. It'll be much lower. And based on your performance, the company will determine whether you have met the requirements for a raise. Problem is, your cap-off will be what you were originally making. Give me some feedback and let me know if you understand what all this means. I'll be offering a few solutions to getting around this, but you've got to be willing to evaluate each with an open mind and figure out which works for you. Then, you can go for it.