I recently wrote a blog called Out of the Game which outlined the importance of staying current and connected on your career path and personal development.
There used to be an expression I would hear quite often. “They are a dinosaur.” It was really a description of a person or a company who was not current on emerging trends. For instance, agencies that were slow to adopt digital solutions versus traditional advertising.
The iPhone is about five years old and more than 75 million have been sold. Kodak is going into bankruptcy protection. The Olympics are coming up soon and not too many people will be capturing magic moments using Kodachrome. A decade ago, Kodak may have been sponsoring the Olympics.
I know a friend who was recently in transition. They shared with me that the last job they found was in the newspaper ten years ago. If you told somebody today that you were job hunting in the newspaper they would think that you were pretty much out of touch.
I started blogging two years ago after I heard Tony Heish from Zappos speak at a combined Harvard/USC event in May. During his presentation he said “Follow Your Dream and the Money Will Come.” That May wasn’t a particularly robust time and I thought to myself that is easy for you to say because you made $100 million on your first deal.
After two years of blogging I have had thousands of people read my blog. In fact more people read my blog some days than visit my site in a month.
Things change and we need to reinvent and change. Today your Linkedin profile is more important than your resume. Your first impression is not created by your Elevator Speech but by your Google presence.
There are two catalysts for reinvention based on my personal experience. Networking and Youth.
Today’s youth surrounds technology. You want to be immersed in technology. Surround yourself with youth. Ten years ago I started using college students or recent graduates as paid interns to help me with tasks. They can’t write a blog but they can certainly find places to repurpose it in discussion groups.
I love it when some approach me and ask,” Have you ever thought of doing it this way?” We generally start doing it that way.
Currently the look of my Word Press blog is being updated by Dalip Jaggi who is 22 year old. He recently developed a couple of mobile apps. My YouTube videos are shot by SparkHouse in Costa Mesa. Their CEO, Torrey Tayenaka is 25. I make a call on my iPhone with a local 949 number. One of my creative partners Dante Fiorini answers it. He is in Argentina.
How did I meet Dalip and Torrey? By networking. Your network is your engine of reinvention. The more diverse it is, the more opportunities for growth it can provide. A constant pattern of networking regenerates you and puts you on new roads of discovery.
The dinosaurs that emerged from the Ice Age weren’t the ones that were the biggest or the strongest. They were the ones that were the quickest to adapt. Nothing’s changed.
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