You’ve definitely heard that “it’s not a big world anymore”. The internet makes everything smaller. Technology is continually fulfilling Moore’s law. Software is eating the world. Middlemen are dying or already dead. Barriers of entry in many industries have been bulldozed… etc.
The internet not “new”, but it’s still early…
The Digital Frontier (a.k.a The Interwebz)
The digital frontier keeps expanding, and with it comes new possibilities to grow, share, and explore. Publishing, in any media is not the same as it once was. Middle men are being pushed aside and the end of the corporation age is very near, bringing about the revolution of the individual entrepreneur. People being valued for not only what they do or deliver, but for who they are.
Your network is now your most valuable asset (it kind of always was) and is amplified by the things you produce. Broadcasting what you create with social media can propel opportunities into eventual realities. In corporations’ eyes your skill set, perceived experience, and influence is analyzed, measured, and has hard dollar signs next to it. But no one really knows your true value, most-likely not even you. In the new marketplace people get opportunities or job positions because of the number Instagram or Twitter followers they have over hard skill. This is because of the influence they have over their own audience is powerful and shareable. In the old corporate marketplace we are all replaceable. But in the new marketplace we are all individuals.
It’s Getting Bigger
Even though it may seem like so much in the digital realm has already been done, there is still so much more to discover and invent. For how much is out there, it’s only just scratching the surface. What happens when free wifi hits the entire world? All of a sudden, billions of people you couldn’t reach before are now accessible. It’s happening faster than you think. The internet and business on the web will literally triple in size.
There is a worldwide marketplace at your finger tips, and you don’t have to wait for anyone to tell you it’s ok to start.
If you don’t know where start, thats ok. Start with what you love at the moment. We don’t have to do just one thing anymore. We don’t have to be Samurais. We don’t have to do “that one thing” our whole lives and get a gold watch and retirement package at the end of the road. You can be what ever you want to be, whenever you want.
Sure, it’s great to specialize, however, that doesn’t mean you must specialize in one thing for your entire life. You can jump platforms. You can climb one ladder, and jump to the next when the opportunity arises. Or make an opportunity by creating a niche from multiple things you do well. Specialize in a theme, then take it with you in each arena you want to be in. Start with what you can do right now, then keep moving forward. That’s what I’m doing and I’m excited to see what happens.