Saturday, July 08, 2006

The World is Changing

The world is changing every day. No matter how much we long for the good ol' days they are nothing but fond memories. They won't be coming back....except in chain emails.
I think it is the velocity of change that is unsettling to people. They long for a time when the hands on the clock moved more slowly. Today you can have a good job, and tomorrow the company decides it would be much more efficient if someone in Bangalore, India was doing your work.
There is no reason to be bitter, but you should be forewarned. There is a very good chance that the work that you are doing today will be done much differently three years from now.
One way to cope is to get smarter about your life....not just work, but all phases of your life. How you eat, how you shop, you handle healthcare issues, and how you save for the future.
A few years ago, who would have ever thought that vinyl records would be practically obsolete. That they would be replaced by CD's. But even CD's are not safe because of computers and iPods. The way people listen to music/radio is changing. The market is chasing consumer choice. For example, I enjoy listening to Dave Ramsey who is a financial guy that helps people of all walks of life with their money problems. I don't think we have a station that carries Dave in Birmingham, but I can download his podcast and put it on my mp3 player and listen to his show anytime day or night. How cool is that? The radio station that depends on ad sales to survive, is not making a penny off of me because these podcasts are free and don't have commercials. Podcasting is fairly new, but I can promise you it will be BIG. When the technology gets just a little easier for the every day computer user, people will flock to it because it gives you options....choices. Once people have a choice, they rarely go back to the old way of doing things.
TV is undergoing changes as well. There movies on demand, Pay Per View and DVD Rentals. There are TIVO devices that allows you to record your favorite shows almost like a VCR, but it's simpler to use and much more powerful. You once had to go to the video store to get movies, now you can rent them over the internet and the US mail brings them right to your door. I have a feeling that it's just a matter of time that the community video store will go the way of the vinyl records.
Our company is launching a new addition to their healthcare offerings. It's called WebMD and it is a source of excellent health related information. It may not happen in the next few months, but rest assured, there will be a lot of focus in delivering quality healthcare solutions is creative and effective ways.
Yes the world is changing in many ways so it's no time to stick your head in the sand. Fasten your seatbelts and hold on tight.

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