The revelation is this: The way we were… is over.
As you know, we are living through an era of unprecedented change. Over the last decade, we began hearing the death rattle of a bygone era. The corporate structure and system has begun to crumble.
The global marketplace has been flattened. Innovative, fast-moving and nimble competition has risen from nearly all corners of the planet. Technology has wired us all directly to each other. Now every manufacturer or marketer has immediate and direct access to everyone, everywhere, destroying heavily controlled and highly valued distribution channels.
All this deconstruction and loss of control by the few, the behemoths, the entrenched, spells freedom… and opportunity for the rest of us.
As entrepreneurs and individual achievers, it is our time to thrive!
But you also have to adapt. The traditional yellow brick road to success and financial security has been deconstructed as well.
The path to the high-paying job you needed and desired used to involve getting the highest academic degree you could obtain, along with some specific technical job skills. Today, if those jobs still exist, certainly the rules of those jobs have changed and will continue to do so.
With the mind-blowing velocity of change and the throng of competition, the skills needed for 21st century success are less about academic or industrial or technical training, and more about what might be called the “soft skills”: emotional intelligence, adaptability and resiliency; networking, interpersonal and relationship-development skills; self-motivation, accountability and productivity skills; personal branding, social marketing and persuasive communication skills; along with leadership, recruiting and people-building skills.
So, to stay relevant, if not gain the advantage, in today’s ever-changing and fast-evolving marketplace, where do you go to gain these critical skills? You won’t necessarily find them taught in school systems. So where do you go? Where do you turn? Who can you rely on? I am proud to tell you that you can rely on us. That is what we aspire to teach and assist you in developing through each and every issue of SUCCESS and through the other resources you will find on SUCCESS.com—the mindset and skills you need to succeed in the 21st century.
In this issue you will find a “Forecast for Your Startup” with tips on how to start and build a business while maintaining your life, as well as a piece on how to establish your brand with Facebook.
Hey, knock, knock… NOW is your time. Get after it!
What are you doing to keep yourself relevant, educated and constantly improving? Tell us your method for keeping up with the times in the comments below.