Unless you wanna sink . . .

Move With The Stream

It’s said that it took six weeks by horseback to get news of Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential election to the citizens out in Nebraska. By the end of the Civil War, information was being delivered 1,000 miles per hour via telegraph.

Then came the telephone, and radio. With so much “overwhelm” of new technology, it was hard for 19th century citizens to keep up with all the new advances making changes in their lives.

Sound familiar?

Are you getting behinder and behinder when it comes to technology? ISDN, websites, asynchronous transfer mode, Skidoo, iPads, smart phones — all that stuff?


It seems that all the other guys know these buzz words. And the magazines write about them like it’s all happening everywhere.
And you don’t even have Skype or a cell phone number on your business card. Can you ever catch up?
Well, here’s the straight story. No, you will never fully catch up. Like in 19th century America, we are confronted with an avalanche of technological “next’s.”

Before you learn the how-to of one software, they throw the next version at you. You finally buy that speedy hardware, only to learn two months later that the next update is available.

Don’t be intrigued by the avalanche in your in-box. All those intriguing offers are someone else’s agenda.Pick and choose wisely where you spend your time.

Change comes so quickly in today’s world that right this moment innovations in technology might be outdated before they come to market.

If there’s a prevalent virus in today’s computer industry, it’s upgrade-itis. How did all this happen? Mass marketing, robotics, same-day-delivery, competition from abroad, Facebook overhauls –all the advantages of living in the 21st century have a corollary to their benefits: we can never catch up.
We’re on shaky ground. We are living in times of non-stop technology tremors. What to do?


Don’t fight it. Learn a lesson from our 19th century cousins. Don’t resist the inevitable — learn to navigate within it. Move with the flow, but cautiously. There’s no eye to this hurricane; it’ll just keep coming.

We’re all on shaky ground. Even the Joneses who appear to be ahead of you. They face the same adjustments you do.
It’s nothing new. Our great-great-grandparents thought they’d never learn to cope with Western Union; our great-grandparents were in awe of the radio; and our parents still are somewhat suspicious of computers.

And now it’s our turn. Our children haven’t noticed the revolution. They accept it without missing a beat. We can too. Erase the old stuff. Discard it. Go with the flow.

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