Ever since ChangeThis.com launched I have enjoyed the short ebooks the produce and make available at no cost. Often it was a summary or first chapter from books by best selling author’s like Seth Godin, Timothy Ferris, Chris Anderson or Guy Kawasaki.

Anyway here’s a recent email from them with something that really hits home in these turbulent economic times globally and in South Africa…

In November of last year, we sent out a survey to gauge the mood of ChangeThis readers and see if they could help provide some solutions and encouragement for ourselves and eachother. After many months of immense change, both in the country as a whole and within our small company, we have finally finished sifting through those responses.

We made the following three inquiries: “In one word, sum up how you feel right now;” “How is this affecting you?” and; “What are you choosing to do about it?” The 1400 replies we received to this survey are further proof, beyond the intuitive, that work is life and that the personal is the professional. Some people used creative metaphors to express their situations. Others used humour. Some enumerated their action plan. Some ranted. Some marvelled. Some refused to accept a doom and gloom outlook and endeavoured to see the possibilities that come with change. There are some trends, of course, and there were ample frustrations–with capitalism and ageism, with excess and politics.

The cover of the manifesto is a word cloud of the most common responses to that first inquiry, “How do you feel right now?” and each paragraph thereafter is a different individual’s response to the third question, “What are you choosing to do about it?”

Click here to download the survey results to commiserate, to raise your spirits, to hope, to cry, to worry some more and unburden yourself with other ChangeThis readers.