Launching a business in the depths of the last economic downturn taught me an important lesson: Don’t look to macroeconomic trends to provide clues to your financial future. These factors don’t affect you as much as you may think, and you certainly can’t affect them.
Instead, focus on the micro-economy of you. Your education, the goals you’ve set, and the daily actions you’ve taken towards them. Are you constantly working to make yourself more valuable to the world economy? These things matter much more than the state of the markets, housing prices, or unemployment numbers.