No Lack Of Opportunity

by ajwebb

Well, winter has officially come to the Yellowstone eco-system.  We’ve been having snow (a skiff at a time) almost every day for two or three weeks.  But today looks like real winter.  The color of the sky, the depth of the snow (about 8″), the colder temperatures (about 15 degrees,) all have changed and all speak of the arrival of winter.

I know there are a lot of people who don’t like winter.  I’m not one of them.  It’s quiet, it’s clean, it’s crisp, it’s cold, and most of all, the majority of the “vacation-travel” crowd has gone home.  This was a record year for Yellowstone.  They counted over one and a half million cars through the west entrance of the park.  Virtually anyone who uses the west entrance comes through Island Park.  That’s a lot of traffic.  I wasn’t wild about it.

I’ve watched with interest as some people have allowed their mood and their outlook on life to darken with the winter sky.  People who were optimistic in the summer are less so now, which I find odd.  Nothing has changed but the temperature.  If there was opportunity in July there is opportunity now.  If there was hope then, there is hope now.

I see this ever-changing political and business landscape as a field rife with opportunity.  There are opportunities now that have never existed before (well, perhaps in the great depression, but nothing in most of our lifetimes.)  Sure, there are challenges that have never existed before too.  But at the end of the day, a creative person could well find more opportunity now than at any other time in his or her life.

It’s true there are a large number of lemons out there.  So I guess you either start investing in sugar, or you let them sour you.  There’s no reason to be pessimistic.  There’s no reason to give up.  There’s no reason to mope around.  Entrepreneurs will flourish in this environment.  Of course it’s hard to say what the government is going to do relative to entrepreneurs, so I’d get in now while the getting is good.  The sun is shining — get out there and make some hay!