Op-Ed Columnist – The New Untouchables – NYTimes.com

Those who are waiting for this recession to end so someone can again hand them work could have a long wait. Those with the imagination to make themselves untouchables — to invent smarter ways to do old jobs, energy-saving ways to provide new services, new ways to attract old customers or new ways to combine existing technologies — will thrive. Therefore, we not only need a higher percentage of our kids graduating from high school and college — more education — but we need more of them with the right education.

I forgot about this piece from Thomas Friedman from back in October. I can feel this new creative, entrepreneurial class really starting to kick into gear around me. It’s not an age or race thing, it’s a state of mind. It just feels like more people are going out on their own to create progress in the world. That’s of course a very good thing.

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