Staying positive in a down economy

Everyone would probably agree that the economy shake-up is putting many people – and companies – all around the world in a difficult situation.  Professionals who one day feel their jobs are bullet proof and secure are facing the hard fact that we are in an unpredictable time.  Sure things seem to be looking up after an economically challenging 2009 but we are still faced with some very staggering statistics:

"In December, both the number of unemployed persons, at 15.3 million, and the
unemployment rate, at 10.0 percent, were unchanged. At the start of the re-
cession in December 2007, the number of unemployed persons was 7.7 million,
and the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent."
Employment Situation Summary of December 2009 published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics

I’m actually feeling quite positive about the responses I’ve received in a very short amount of time and feel that this is an excellent chance shift into something bigger and better.  With Virtualization present in nearly every top 10 prediction for 2010 from the likes of IDC, Gartner, and Forrester, I’m hopeful that this will be a tremendous year for growth to anyone in this space.