Warning: Don’t believe this next statement unless you want to flourish.
We already know our future if we don’t continually take proactive action.
Our economic well-being demands perpetual reinvention. As the old saying goes, reinvent or die. This no longer a fancy tagline, it is required action to survive and succeed in today’s economic climate.
The days are long gone when a company could create a product and reap the rewards of its success for years to come. Present day examples are all around you.
- Facebook was king of the castle and Twitter was the knight in shiny armor. Now there’s Google +. Remember MySpace? Me neither.
- Flip Camera ruled the pocket video cam game. Now, your smartphone does.
- Mobile Apps are replacing websites and higher costs software programs.
- iPads are being integrated into the classroom and teaching our kids in a new way.
The list goes on and on. Product shelf lives are shrinking at a rapid pace.
New bright shiny objects capture the consumer attention faster than a speeding bullet. The masses will flock and cast aside what they once loved and cherished in favor of the new promised life-altering product. Blink and the next attraction will be on the horizon.
We already know our future if we don’t continually reinvent ourselves.
Look around at your co-workers, family, and friends. How many of them are doing jobs they are classically trained to do? Are they highly skilled at their job or do their skills reside in a different area of expertise? Are they satisfied and happy?
Chances are, these people are like most of the people I encounter every day. They are playing a role in their organization in order to survive, not thrive.
We can live a deeply meaningful life by continually reinventing ourselves.
Just like products run their course, so do roles we play in life. We know our current role will come to an end.
Will we be ready when our new role emerges? Will it provide the deep personal meaning we are looking for?
We know everything we need to know right now to make a reasonable guess as to where things are headed.
Are you ready to reinvent?