Archives for the month of: January, 2019

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The word is access.

On a recent trip to Vietnam, I discovered that wireless connections are provided free throughout the country. What was once a vendor sitting in front of store selling motorcycle parts, is now a store-front linked to a global market with product fulfillment handled by someone in another county at a global distribution center.code-459070_960_720

Access has changed how we job search, learn, socialize, travel, communicate, build businesses, network, entertain themselves, sell, buy, and find work. This hyper-connected and fully accessible global access is now reality for almost anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.

4ebf433b00000578-6043481-image-a-9_1533819113176Consider BTS. In 2017, K-pop group BTS broke into the American music scene. Their win as the top social artist at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) gave them the chance to perform at the American Music Awards, making their U.S. television debut. Their press tour included appearances on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

BTS was formed when Bang Si-hyuk began to quietly build a different kind of studio, and to cultivate the band that would become BTS. A successful songwriter and music producer, Bang began to assemble a group of teens for a boy band. This would go on to become Bangtan Boys, then BTS.

BTS’s unique use of social media has fostered the growth of a multi-language fan base

They heavily relied on using a collective YouTube and Twitter account to promote themselves online, from their humble beginnings to today’s success. Their on-line access to millions of potential fans was what propelled them to their amazing success.

Think about how access has changed our lives.

  • Opportunities – Secure a job on Indeed or LinkedIn, sell on Etsy or Amazon, or freelance through Upwork or Lyft.
  • Capital – Leverage crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo or the crowdfunding platform Patreon to turn a passion project or idea into sustainable income.
  • Connectivity – Launch a business or brand with a webcam and Wi-fi.
  • Information – Search YouTube to learn how to start a podcast, follow a news outlet on Twitter to receive instant breaking news notifications, or listen to an audiobook while on an airplane.
  • Travel – Seeing the world is easily within reach with Travelocity, Google Maps, Google Translate and Airbnb.
  • Products – Front-door delivery of the world’s best-reviewed, and most cost-effective products and services.
  • Contacts – 95% percent of Americans own a cell phone and 75 % can reach their phones 24 hours a day.
  • Audiences – Create community, test ideas, get discovered, and/or sell goods and services via social networks and online communities.
  • Cultures – Play Fortnite with someone anywhere in the world in real-time.
  • Tools – Slack, Airtable and Asana make it possible to be more efficient and productive.

net-neutralityThe only thing constraining people now is a limited ambition, lack of awareness of digital tools or insufficient knowledge to use the tools that are typically free or at a reasonable cost.

Access is your key to avoid settling for just being average. If there are better employers, superior services, or improved products out there, they can be found. Digital access has made it easy for employees to find a better company, move to a different location and learn new skills required for a new job.

Access is empowering a new generation of creators and consumers.

Become a creator using access to become remarkable recognizing that your income will almost always be in direct proportion to the people you serve.

2668632417Most people like to think of progress as a straight line.

Consider an ice cube. Ice melts only when it hits 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

Does that mean the energy required to increase the temperature of ice from 25 to 31 degrees doesn’t matter?

Of course not. You may only see results when you hit 32 degrees, but you never would have seen the ice melt had you not got the ice warmer over time.

1_gpupkgflvd6opmob4-dlhqBreakthrough moments are often the result of many previous actions, which build up the potential required to unleash a major change. Often people make a few small changes, fail to see a tangible result and decide to stop.

Like the ice cube that is gradually warming, you are getting closer to success by just focusing on your daily habits to are natural and logical to reach a goal.  It’s the process of getting better that is the secret, not waiting for a speculative event to claim the prize.

One thing about success is that it’s tied to a foundation of prior work, during which noticeable improvement is probably not obvious. If you keep randomly changing the manner by which you are heating your “symbolic” ice cube or quit to soon, you will lose the power from compounding your efforts and never get hot enough to start melting.

Most of us have no difficulty recognizing luck when it’s on conspicuous display, as when someone wins the lottery. But randomness often plays out in subtle ways, and it’s easy to construct narratives that portray success as having been inevitable. Those stories are almost invariably misleading, however, a simple fact that has surprising implications.

687px-mona_lisa,_by_leonardo_da_vinci,_from_c2rmf_retouchedConsider the history of the Mona Lisa, perhaps the most famous painting in the world. After having languished in obscurity for most of its early existence, Leonardo da Vinci’s work was pushed into the spotlight in 1911 when it was stolen from the Louvre. The widely publicized theft remained unsolved for two years until Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian maintenance worker at the Louvre, was apprehended after trying to sell the painting to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. His arrest provoked a second wave of publicity, with images of the Mona Lisa splashed around the world.

If it had it never been stolen, most of us would know no more about it than we do of the two obscure Leonardo da Vinci canvases from the same period that hang in an adjacent gallery at the Louvre. The Mona Lisa is famous largely for being famous.

b0xmttyicaaopbtAs in the art world, so too in the world of work. Almost every career trajectory entails a complex sequence of steps, each of which depends on those preceding it. If any of those earlier steps had been different, the entire trajectory would almost surely have been different, too.

To acknowledge the importance of random events is not to suggest that success is independent of talent and effort. In highly competitive arenas, those who do well are almost always extremely talented and hard-working.

As Charlie Munger, the vice chairman of Warren Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, once said…….charlie-munger-summary-1024x512.png

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