Does gloom beget gloomy numbers?
Yes, Grow Smart RI executive director Scott Wolf asserts.
“It makes us timid when it comes to public policy,” he syas. “It makes us focus on damage control rather than on tapping our full potential. In the last few years, it’s had us focused governmentally almost exclusively on austerity measures – and not much on prosperity measures. It creates a mindset in which we live down to our expectations rather than living up to our potential.”
“Collectively,” Wolf maintains, “we have low self-esteem.”