What a World: 2016 – Worst or Best Year Ever?

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The world is a wonderful place. This quarter, in our ‘What A World’ segment, we argue that 2016 was the best year ever!


I’m blown away by how palpable the feeling of exponential change has become. I’m also certain that 99.99% of humanity doesn’t understand or appreciate the ramifications of what is coming.

– Peter Diamandis, founder of Singularity University

2016: The Worst Year Ever?

I have always been amused by an interesting trait of human nature which I call “Fashionable Pessimism”.

For some reason, we all have a tendency to think that it is fashionable, “Smart” and intellectual to be pessimistic, while optimists are generally considered naïve and childish. The chronicles of history are filled with the tales of famous “intellectuals” who were considered the great thinkers of their time because of their convincing dire predictions for how the world was headed for imminent disaster. I have come to believe that we like to celebrate the Pessimist, because there is something that seems “smart” about being the first to know about some coming disaster that nobody else knows about – yet.

I recently experienced an amusing reminder of this phenomenon. A casual friend has developed a career as a writer and media pundit, and regularly appears on “The Today Show”. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, she posted a notice on her Facebook page that she was to appear on the Today Show to do a segment entitled “Why 2016 was the Worst Year in History”, and was hoping her followers would send her examples she could use. This topic gave me a good chuckle, and I couldn’t help but think my friend needed a reality check.

2016: An AMAZING Year

Peter Diamandis is an author and speaker, and founder of Singularity University. He has a slightly different perspective, and feels that 2016 was one of the greatest years ever for human development. Please enjoy his latest post…The Top 10 Tech Trends that Made the World Better in 2016.

What a world we live in, and how lucky we are to live in this country, at this moment in time. The future is indeed very bright, even though it is so fashionable not to believe it!

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About the Author:

Erik is one of the co-founders of Concentus Wealth Advisors and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the firm. With over 25 years of industry experience, Erik guides the firm’s overall strategy. After graduating from Amherst College in 1991, Erik spent a year working with Rittenhouse Capital Management, before joining Gerald in 1992. Erik currently holds his general securities registrations and insurance licenses, as well as CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and Chartered Financial Consultant designations. In addition to his formal designations, Erik has appeared on CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange, Fox News’ America’s News HQ, Live Well’s Mary on Money, CN8’s Money Matters Today and The Real Estate Connection. In 2012, Erik was one of thirteen advisors named to Main Line Today’s Top Financial Advisors list. Erik lives in Bryn Mawr, PA with his wife and three children. He serves on the boards of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Salvation Army, Acting Without Boundaries (serving young people with disabilities) and The Holy Child School at Rosemont. In addition, he is on the financial advisory board of the Sisters of St. Francis in Media, PA.

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