We're transitioning from the era of the pyramids to the era of the trees. Take a look at the way traditional businesses and corporations are designed. They are the real "pyramid schemes". They are built with needing to have most of the grunt employees at the bottom, with fewer managers on the rank above them, and then senior managers, then executives, then finally the owners themselves. The only way the top brass can keep their position is by maintaining the foundation of workers at the bottom. Without the bottom ranks, the top will topple. It could be why they put "no soliciting" signs in almost every commercial building, not that I condone something like that. The top elite need the bottom masses controlled in order to stay in power. As the mass consciousness wakes up, people will not play their game and leave the system. This yields new opportunities and sparks new organization types to develop. The sign of the times. Movement. Going with the flow.
It's good to keep in mind that it is the organizational structures of the status quo that keep producing certain types of people. Unless we can improve and change the system, things will get worse. No need to blame this generation or that generation when we are all products of our environment. The choices are: change yourself, change your environment or move to a new one.
Younger generations of people are already feeling unhappy with being stuck at the same job in the same organization (if they are still "lucky" to have a job). Many young people are working multiple part-time jobs for a variety of reasons, such as being unable to find permanent full-time work, being laid off from one company or another, needing to work more jobs in order to make enough to make ends meet, etc. But trading your time for money is one of the worst things you can do. It's time more people, especially in their youth, go out and start their own business. It's one of the most important decisions to make that's worth the risk when you are young, have energy and time.
Recently I've learned that in the western world, the type of industry that we should be pursuing (for the average person at least) is in sales. It's got to be in the service industry. Serve others if you would like yourself to be served. Everything in life is sales anyways, something I've had to come to terms with as an artist who just wanted to make art and live simply. Living simply is definitely something I've been doing and will continue to do, but if you can transition your mindset into one of abundance, success and positivity, you can have anything you want and there is no need to limit yourself.
Unless you really have the resources, the talent, the genius, the innovation, connections, experience, and you've done market research and know that your product is truly one-of-a-kind that fulfills a need, does something significantly better or eliminates the reliance on other existing products, it is not recommended to start a product-based business. There are already millions of different products, video games, clothes, electronics, etc. out there. It's simply overwhelming to the consumer. Most businesses who live and die on a single product will not last long.
Good thing I'm doing a product-brokerage business where we don't have to make any products ourselves, find whichever ones are the best out there and simply market them instead. What's brilliant is that the organization in this business works like a tree with branches. The culture is way more sustainable and friendly that ever seen before in any other business. Mimic nature, for it is the best designer. Nature has gone through millions of years of evolution, amidst numerous failures before it can finally decide on the best products (of life). There is no need to re-invent the wheel. Right now, trees and trending. Even when it comes to personal growth, be like a tree. Build the strong foundation, root to rise, grow tall, absorb light energy, grow fruit, etc.
Personally, I don't consume much but when I do, I want top quality. The best of the best and forget the rest. I know that I am worth it. I prefer not to spend my own time trolling the internet and painstakingly doing a crappy job at research just to find a single product to decide to try, amidst all the online circle-jerking and drama, without even knowing if the product is good anyways. Now I'm glad to have solved my own problems, move on, and now get help others solve the same problems that I once faced.
I foresee the future while we transition in a resource-based economy, that society will pool their resources together and decide on which products and services are really the best and simplify them for everyone. The singularity of products and services if you will. Things like this may be taught in schools, or if we are futuristic enough by then, we can have the latest most up-to-date data being transmitted into a cranial implant, or telepathically downloaded from a collective consciousness so that literally everyone is on the same page. Everyone will already know what they need and can have full confidence they have the best without needing to be sold anything. When that time comes, then there may be no more need for sales, and we can transition from needing to have or make money at all. But until that glorious future, sales is the way to go as far as I can tell to enjoy your life while we make that transition.