Couple days ago I received email from my friend with comparison of a world from a decade ago and now.
It looked like this:
How The World Looked Like 10 Years Ago
The first video was uploaded to YouTube.
Facebook, then just a year old, dropped “the” from its old URL “thefacebook.com” after acquiring “facebook.com” for $200K.
An early prototype of an autonomous car completed the DARPA Grand Challenge
The term “Drone” meant a military weapon system.
Bitcoin and blockchain didn’t exist, and wouldn’t be created for three more years.
Android was a small startup that Google had just acquired.
There were 6.4 billion humans on Earth, only ~1 billion were online, and none of them had heard of Uber or AirBnb.
How The World Looks Like Today?
YouTube has more than a billion users, who watch hundreds of millions of hours of video every day. Three hundred hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
Facebook has 1.4 billion users from every country on Earth.
Every major car manufacturer is working on an autonomous model, and Google’s autonomous cars have logged over 1 million miles driving themselves.
Drones are now used by children, can be purchased at prices ranging from $50 to $1,500.
Bitcoin and blockchain companies have raised hundreds of millions in venture capital.
Google now has over 1 billion active Android users.
Today, there are close to 7.4 billion humans on Earth, and ~3 billion are now online.
Uber, which was started in 2009, is valued at over $40 billion, and AirBnb, started in 2007, valued over $20 billion.
Pretty amazing changes in such a short time. I am no expert but I would argue that the changes will accelerate.
World is Changing and So Should You.
World around us is moving fast and if we are standing still it will leave us far behind.
I know many people around me and even working with me in their late twenties and early thirties who think they are done with their education, with their development. What these people don’t realise is that in their working life they will experience at least three more decades of changes like previous decade.
I can’t even imagine what it will be but one thing I know for sure – I want to be ready.
World Is Changing – Are You Ready?
One of my employees asked me for promotion like half a year ago. I told him he’s not ready yet because he needs to work on his people skills and he knows very little about on-line business and that is where we are heading.
Couple weeks ago he came again with the same request.
My response was simple. How much better are you vs half a year ago?
How many books did you read? How many blogs did you start to follow? How many seminars did you attend? Did you find a mentor for areas you need to improve?
Did you sit down with people reporting to you and asked them what you can do better?
How much better are you now vs half a year ago?
Sooner or later you will come to the same situation. Only difference will be that it will be “life” asking you these questions. You better get your answers ready.