What event changed your perspective the most?

With all that's going on in our country right now with elections, financial trouble, etc, and the momentous day that is today, it got me thinking.

So many events have happened in the past three years, that the world is clearly not the same. Aside from the early wars, no period has been as consistently tumultuous around the world as it is now.

My question was what event do you think has changed you the most over the past three years? How do you think it has changed you?

The people here seem incredibly bright and I'd love a perspective. For me, its probably been the Arab Spring, in that it arose a greater level of leadership in myself. I think thats how I have grown the most - being a better leader. I mean, I havent learnt that from our president so tiny countries like Tunisia have invoked passion into me.

How has something changed your leadership perspective? Or just you in general.

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Comments (6)

Jan 17, 2012

I have never seen so much money being created yet have practically no effect on inflation. To create trillions of dollars out of thin air and to practically throw it out in the open market and not end up like early 20th century Germany, to this day still boggles my mind. And yeah, in a couple years we might see this inflation coming at us like a falling piano, but the tactics that they developed and employed is is truly an amazing thing to see.

Another thing that has changed my perspective on things is how the Fed has hired 20-somethings to handle the QE1 and QE2 purchases of bonds. Although this article is a year old, it's people like them that make me want to get up in the morning to go to school.
Despite all the negative banter that central banks get, I've concluded one thing: Don't underestimate the intellectual capacity of the Fed.

Jan 17, 2012

Despite all the negative banter that central banks get, I've concluded one thing: Don't underestimate the intellectual capacity of the Fed.

Never f**k with Alan Greenspan's baby.

"When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is."
- Oscar Wilde
"Seriously, psychology is for those with two x chromosomes."
- RagnarDanneskjold

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Jan 17, 2012

The financial crisis changed everything for me because until I heard of layoffs, I assumed that anything Wall Street was just for rich people. Having sobbing Lehmanites come into my bar and explain how they grew up around the corner from me and worked hard to get a job there ...and that's all it is: a job... changed my career focus and my whole life. Went back to college with a purpose, finished, clawed through some miserable bullshit positions, and here I am.

The Arab spring really gave me hope for humanity...they did this on their own and even told the CIA to "get out before you get hurt, this is ours." Citizens literally flooded into the streets and said ENOUGH!!! ...and just like that, several lifetime dictators were deposed, one was even dragged into the street and shot. Hopefully, the transition to democratically elected governments isn't too terrible, and yes there will be chaos, but the larger point is that they really did it: threw off the shackles that held them down.

Obama getting elected is actually a big deal despite the hardened GOP horde on this site: he proved once and for all that a black man CAN become president (and thus, the most powerful person on earth), regardless of whether or not you like the decisions he's making. The climate at the top end is approaching full parity he's a very powerful symbol that yes, it is possible for anyone to reach a position of greatness. Like it or not, he's now a piece of history.

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Jan 17, 2012

I think the financial crisis will shape and define the spending habits of young people for the rest of their lives. Personally, seeing my Father worry about losing his job and paying the heating bill showed me how important it is to save money for a rainy day. At the same time it convinced me to go into finance so I hopefully won't be in the same financial situation as many people in this country.

In short, CREAM get the money dolla dolla bill ya'll

Jan 22, 2012

How do you guys think this influenced your own leadership skills?

Jan 22, 2012