“No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” -Edmund Burke
We are in the midst of multiple revolutions across our planet. Be aware of what is happening, because right now, in 2010, we are experiencing an incredibly transformative time. What is occurring will have reverberations that will be felt for years. There is no doubt in my mind that we will look back on this coming decade as a defining decade for our time. Here’s why:
Quite simply, we are experiencing one of the greatest decentralizations of power the world has ever seen.
Alright, that’s a pretty hefty statement. What do I mean by that?
Technology and information are democratizing Everything
And by everything I mean: content creation, control of ideas, food production, and the mass delocalization or work. Just about anyone can make a web site in under 5 minutes and share their ideas with the world. I can shoot a video with my phone, edit it right there, and upload it to YouTube in under 30 seconds. And then I can share that video through a web site, through Facebook, or through Twitter. We no longer have to rely on news editors to tell us what is most newsworthy. We can vote on that through sites like Digg – and content that is democratically chosen as most relevant is what is most seen. After years and years of farm consolidation, people are starting their own farms to grow their own sustainable food because they don’t agree with how food is grown and produced in America. Even people with no former farming experience can read about how it is done and start a farm to feed hundreds of people, and begin producing food within a few months. And I can easily hire a designer in the Philippines to create a logo for my brand. I can even create a company that has employees I have never met, exchanging data around all parts of the globe. If done right, I can theoretically live almost anywhere in the world and carry on the work I am doing.
So I say that now, more than ever, you need to focus on making your mark on history. Because now all it takes is an idea and the ingenuity and perseverance to actualize that idea. The barriers are almost unbelievably low to become a superstar in your chosen niche.
All it takes is a willingness to try, to believe, and to start.