Running With The Bulls

What's it all about?

Finding meaning in the next decade's boom

Lifestyle is what it's all about, not merely achieving wealth, although anyone who is wealthy would quickly agree that it is better than being poor. Surveys of happiness in this country have shown that wealth affects the sense of well-being by a factor of only 2 percent. Happiness is more about relationships, friends, family, community . . . and a balanced life. It's more fundamentally about living, learning, experiencing and growing as a human being. It's ultimately about evolution. It's what you do with your life that counts, and wealth can be a critical tool for achieving the freedom to maximize your experience and your impact on others.

Money, or economic wealth, is ultimately about giving yourself the freedom to choose the lifestyle you want and to champion the causes you believe in. That is the new ethic in this era of prosperity when many of us have already achieved the fundamentals of survival, security and living.

The ability to greatly evolve and advance one's standard of living has not always been possible for many people throughout history. We are living in the greatest period of change and progress since the printing press revolution and the discovery of America and the rest of the [New World] after the late 1400s. Such times create the greatest opportunities for advancement of people from all socioeconomic sectors.

We are in the midst of the greatest economic boom and technological revolution in history. And it hasn't occurred yet. It is about to emerge, just as cars, electricity and phones did in the Roaring Twenties. The Roaring 2000s will come with the aging of the massive baby boom generation into its peak productivity, earning and spending years and the emergence of their radical information revolution into the mainstream of our economy.

Tighten your seatbelts and prepare for the greatest boom in history: 1998 to 2008!

Reprinted from The Roaring 2000s by Harry S. Dent Jr. (Simon & Schuster).

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This article was originally published in the June 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Running With The Bulls.

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