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10 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Industrial Age is Dead.

In the early early 1900’s Henry Ford came up with a notion.

That notion was the assembly line.

Using this idea, you take a person and they do a simple task, then pass it on to the next person to do their simple task.

He came up with the idea of interchangeable parts, creating a piece that can be recreated en masse and then assembled.

With this also came interchangeable people.

When someone called in sick, you had to shut down the whole factory because nobody could do his job.

With the assembly line and interchangeable parts, you can just put someone else in their place, tell them that when they get a piece, you put in this screw, turn it, then pass it to the next person.

 

The US Education system was born out of a need for workers to assemble.

Ever since you were three years old, you are being indoctrinated into a ‘do what you’re told’ way of thinking.  Do what I say, or you will get punished.

This triggers our most primative part of our brain, our amygdala.

If I don’t go to my job today, I will get fired, If I get fired I’ll lose my housing, I won’t be able to eat, and I will die.

If I do not do what I’m told, I will lose my job.

If I lose my job, I will die.

I will do what I’m told.

 

This sort of indoctrination is perfectly inline with our natural instincts of survival.

So every day, thousands of people got their lunch pails, marched down to the Ford plant, and turned their screw.

The dialogue was simple, all you had to do was find a job and you were set.

 

The dialog then slowly shifted.  Higher education became accessible and at the time very affordable.  Now all you have to do is go to school, and then you’re set for life.

 

Then one day in 2008, 20,000 people woke up, went to work, and there job was gone.

They had been lied to.  They weren’t “set.”  The system, had broken down.

 

So what did these people do? They had been told their entire lives that all they had to do was go to school and get a good job and everything would be fine, that it would be stable.

But this, is not stability.

They had been trained since the age of three to follow directions, but now nobody was giving them directions.  What do they do?

 

The Global recession of 2008 wasn’t a recession, it was the start of a renaissance.

The industrial age is dead.

If you go to a job every day, and your job is to complete a task, to go down a list and check the little boxes, then you are a replaceable part, you’re interchangeable, and your boss is this very second trying to find a way that they can plug someone else, or a computer, in your spot, to do it for less.

Payroll is the easiest way for a company to save money (increase profits) so they are always going to try and cut it, they are always going to be looking for someone less expensive that they can put in your place.

 

We’re in interesting times right now because people are slowly one by one discovering that it just doesn’t work anymore.  They’re being trained by this same system that creates people who check boxes on a list. They’re told to go to school, get educated, learn a “skill” and everything will be fine.

Well it’s not fine, they’ve already replaced you.

 

The world doesn’t need any people who can complete a list, we have plenty of those, and thankfully we can have computers do those meanial mindless activities for us.

What the world needs is people who can solve a problem, people who can bring people together.

The Industrial Age is Dead.

Welcome to the Connection Economy.

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07 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Everyone’s staring at their phone… and it’s a good thing.

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It’s not uncommon to see people staring at their cell phone.

It’s also not uncommon to hear people complain about it.

Thanks to the internet we have access to more information, and people, than we have ever had at any other point in existence.  Every day more and more information is uploaded, there will be more information available to me tomorrow than there was today.

I’d like to argue that this is a good thing.

Trivial things like standing in line, waiting for your number to be called at the DMV, waiting for an order to arrive… these things that were usually filled with complete inactivity, sitting, standing, staring, have been forever altered.

Remember when people used to say that there weren’t enough hours in a day? Now you can research subsarahan climates while waiting in line at Starbucks, or send a photo of your son to your Mother, and catch up with her while making dinner.

What you’re seeing is people who now have more choices, they’re choosing to do something enriching with time that was otherwise lost.

The only time you have complainers, is when someone is on their phone while you are trying to have a discussion with them.   They are telling you something, they are telling you that something is more important than your conversation – and they’re choosing to do that something.  That sucks for you, but hey – at least now you know that either you, or the subject matter, are not important.  It’s not warm and fuzzy information to know about that person, but now this creates that same choice – for you – to stop wasting your time on a person or subject matter that doesn’t really matter.

So, Yes, people are staring at their phones.  And it’s the best thing they could be doing.  It may hurt your feelings, but the reality is that we now have more opportunities than ever to focus on the things that really matter to us, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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