Success is a funny thing. A lot of people who want it are looking for a map, looking for instructions, looking for a step by step way to get from where they are to where they want to be. For a long time, the way to do that was to follow in someone else’s footsteps, to look at what someone else was doing and do what they were doing, to follow the leader. To out-work them, absolutely but to follow in a well trodden path.
That worked for the entire industrial age. It worked if you were selling insurance, it worked if you were starting a company and it worked if you were working for a big company.
Now the rules have fundamentally changed. They have changed because our culture has changed, our economy has changed. Now you have to make your own path.
Now you have to climb your own ladder, now the step by step by step is not about following the person who came before you. It’s about making the choice to initiate, to lead, to do something new.
I know it’s scary, that’s why it’s rare. The scarcity of it makes it valuable. What we are waiting for is for you to do what you are capable of, for you to do what all of us are here to do, which is to make a difference, which is to do work worth doing.
The industrial age is over.
In the connection economy you pick yourself, don’t wait for someone to pick you. If you have written a book, you don’t need a publisher to pick you, you can publish it yourself. If you want to write, write. If you want to sing, sing. If you want to start a movement, start a movement.
For more on the end of the industrial refer to this blog post: