We have reached a population of 7 billion and in another 38 years it will grow to 9 billion. Think about this for a minute. It took from 10,000 BC until 1930 AD for the population to grow by 2 billion people. That means it took 11,930 years to do what many of you will see happen in the next 38 years. I won’t be around to see that, but during the time I have been on the earth the population has grown by 5 billion. When I was born there were just a few hundred million over the two billion mark alive – now there are 7 billion.
Now keep on thinking for a little longer. What does an addition 2 billion people on the earth mean? Well, if the old economic rules of supply and demand still work, it means the demand for a lot of things is about to increase sharply in the next 38 years, for example food, water, shelter, gas, medicine, teachers, coaches, policemen, firemen, doctors, lawyers, farmers, programmers, engineers, etc. Are you getting the picture?
Now if you are still in school or college, think about what this means for your future. What do you want to do in a world with over 2 billion more people? How does your career choice fit into that future? When I was growing up anyone that wanted a job could usually find one. But that was back when there were just a little over 2 billion people around. I have a suspicion that if you think its hard to find a job now -- it could be even harder later -- unless you make sure you are qualified for the jobs that will be needed.
Just think about how the world has changed. If you had been in school in the late 1800s then a career selling horses and horseshoes would have probably looked like a career that you could spend the rest of your life working and had a secure future. But, then a guy named Henry Ford came along and had a fool dream that those people who didn't think about how those cars would change the world said, "Those cars ain't going last cause you can't drive them across the fields and you can't float them across creeks & rivers. Well, guess what-- when was the last time you road in a horse and buggy or went down and bought a new set of horseshoes?
2 billion more people on the face of the earth? Wow! It’s a big deal and a great way to spot some good opportunities for those who can see around the next curve in the road of life. A lot of people did get prepared for the last two billion to shoe up & that a big part of the problem today. Prepared yourself for what’s coming. Don’t just barrel around the next curve on the road of life and crash into the future like a bull in a china closet and end up wondering what happened!
Well, that's enough cogitating for today!