I know, people like things to stay as they are. Especially in difficult economic times. But be prepared for this: everything you know will change in the next 10 years – at least once!
As long as you stay hungry and foolish, you will always make something out of change! One of the best speeches I have seen is the one from Steve Jobs at Standord University during the 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
don’t take anything for granted, expect things to change – why? here are some examples:
schedule meetings for doing business or meet with friends:
10 yrs ago: you used the phone. Or you scheduled this many days in advance
today: you use SMS, google calender or facebook invite and twitter direct messages
10 years ago: printing a flyer / copy at your school, university or work,
today: write a blog, comment on a website, send a email
and, of course, music:
10 years ago: go to virgin or any other record store, buy a CD. Listen to it. Tell your friends.
today: iTunes, single-click, iLike recommendations, free promotion of independent artists etc
there are many many more examples out there. But the key message is:
only those will be successful and survive who don’t take everything for granted – try to rethink everything, everyday!
update I: great article on how google books can make life easier – It’s there, but you just don’t see it. Even as an “online student”
update II: Also check out the discussion on Y-Combinator how recession can help to change people’s & corporates mind in terms of “be free to work from where ever you like”! This would be a big step ahead to allow people to rethink much more privately and for their jobs.