Are You In The Game?
Are you in?
It was 15 minutes until a crucial web conference I was hosting. A $10 million deal was on the line. For three weeks I’d worked to line up financial and political players for a company I advise.
Then it happened.
My computer monitor went blank, my Polycom phone made that funny little burp sound it makes when you unplug it, and all the lights in my San Diego home office went out.
I ran outside to check the breaker. My neighbor yelled that his power was out, too. I went back in to try to log into the Go To Meeting website. No power to the cable modem meant no Internet. I tried my cellphone to alert someone. No cell service—which meant no texting, tweeting or Facebooking!
Serious panic now.
Maybe a pole on our street had been hit, I thought. So I grabbed my laptop, jumped in my car and raced to the local Starbucks. The store was dark. In fact every house and business along the way was completely dark.
The meeting time came and went. I was a no-show. I never no-show.
My gut wrenched.
I went home to realize that my web radio, TV, refrigerator, oven, stove, garage door, coffee maker, air conditioner, water heater and almost every other form of technology was useless.
This might seem like a story to relate how terribly dependent on technology we have become, but in fact, on that day and that very dark night—Sept. 8, 2011, when an unprecedented power system crash left several million people without electricity from Baja, Mexico, through San Diego County and into Arizona—I really came to appreciate the amazing wonders technology has brought to every facet of my life.
Without it, there is
no way I could manage several businesses and broker multimillion-dollar deals with people around the world from a home office, complete with all these great amenities.
What a great time to be alive!
Technology has definitely liberated the individual and is greatly responsible for powering the entrepreneurial revolution. Now, because of technology, every ambitious individual has direct and immediate access to
a global market of resources and customers.
We have become unchained. From any desk, hotel lobby, cab or even while standing in line at a Starbucks, we can book an airline ticket, participate in a worldwide conference call, approve contracts, wire money and stay in touch with old high school friends. We can access the world’s knowledge, the world’s goods and the world’s marketplace from anyplace, at all times and with a device that fits in our pocket. It’s incredible, really!
Which leads me to ask: Are you making the most of these amazing opportunities?
Technology has leveled the playing field.
Are you in the game?
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