The Next Big Thing

Is-This-the-Next-Big-ThingThe “next big” defining characteristic of society today?  That we’re always looking for the “next big thing.” Consumers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors…we’re all looking ahead to try and predict the new “it.”  It’s a tough job, since technology today is changing at exponentially greater and greater speeds – far greater than in any time in human history.

It’s exciting!…or exhausting.  Depending on how you look at it.

What if you’re the next big thing?

With much of the focus on often meaningless or trivial pursuits, there’s one way to focus your attention and efforts that is sure to pay off – for the rest of your life.  It’s you.

Spend a little time and energy grooming yourself to become a new you.  Form new habits to stick with you for a lifetime, allowing you to constantly reinvent yourself in little ways to stay relevant to employers and the times, while also – importantly – staying true to you.  Ultimately, it’s up to you how you want to become the “new you.”  But here are a few places to start.

Upgrade yourself.

Do it now.  Whatever project you’ve been putting off until someday, understand that it likely won’t ever happen unless you carve out time for it today.  You’ll have to weigh its importance, decide if you’re okay with it never happening, then act accordingly.  Either carve out time, or don’t.

 Never stop learning. Take a few minutes each day to read up on new technology and apply them to your work. You’ll be helping yourself, your company, and your work stay on the cutting edge.

Surround yourself with mentors.  Mentors possess the qualities you envision yourself having.  They’ll teach you how to become the person you want to be.  Spend time with them, and you’ll notice a change in yourself – one you’re going to like.

Be kind.  A little kindness and understanding truly do go such a long way. You’ll create a ripple effect that will surely come back to you.

The best part about upgrading yourself? Unlike the latest piece of technology or hot new toy, you’ve got staying power. And the new habits you create will not only make you relevant to today’s society – they’ll make you invaluable.

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