The World Wide Web is the most radical technological development since fire, and 20 years ago it didn’t exist. The most influential company on the Internet didn’t even exist 12 years ago. In the next 10 years, companies will spring up even faster than Google, and make even more money.
5 to 10 years from now you may be in or be employed in a business that has never even been thought of in 2009.
What an incredible time to be alive.
Yes, I know about the problems. I know about the global warming and the slave trade and the earthquakes and tsunamis and Osama Bin Laden. I know about cancer and birth defects and the bloody 20th century and the pollution in China and the prostitution rings in Bangkok. I know about all that.
But you don’t get rid of bad things by obsessing about them. You create alternatives.
You don’t free enslaved people by enslaving free people. You work to make free people even freer.
I’m thankful to be surrounded by a community of passionate entrepreneurs who help each other and watch each others’ backs and build things together.
I’m thankful to have been taught principles by the world’s wisest people, both past and present.
I’m thankful to live in a society that has a constitution and faith in right and liberty and human rights.
I’m thankful that despite whatever paranoia the media throws into the stir-fry today, I have the right to ignore them and charge forward and build a better world for next week and next year and the next century.
I’m thankful for people who believe as I do, for people who face insurmountable odds.
I’m thankful for victories and resilience and the never-ending stream of innovations and ideas.