The internet has entailed a paradigm shift in our lives, not only professionally but also personally. Suddenly, a new world of professional opportunities opened up to us while we looked on at what was going on in disbelief. From a personal perspective, the internet provided a tool with which to express ourselves to the world; we began having a voice. This sent shivers to the status quo, as it threatened its existence.
If ordinary people (the only ones capable of extraordinary things in my opinion) have the means to express their own ideas, connect with people thinking the same as them, sharing their same interests, capable of moving the world through their own efforts, then there can be a revolution. The internet was the start of an interruption of the system we had been living in until then. The internet was a disruption in the way we communicate, do marketing, sell, work, help and live.
People at the centre
Then came a revolution that was even bigger than the internet: the social web appeared, with social media or so-called social networks. Paradigms were shifted once again, communication became decentralised, starting the decline of mass-market, intrusive marketing. The system we knew started to crumble. New values started to arise in communication: transparency, authenticity, coherence, commitment and emotional bonding. The core of this no longer involved the company but increasingly put people at the centre.
Creating and sharing significance
The real challenge in this online world in which we live is to create and launch something which has real significance, adding value to the world and helping people. We cannot create sustainable businesses if we don't resonate with people behind these businesses. It had never been easier to reach anyone on the planet than right now. The online environment is the means and social media is the vehicle to achieve this.
The internet and the social web are what we need to progress, grow and move on from the stage we're currently at.
You can now find work in a medical software development project with a company in New York, be appointed social media consultant for an agency in London, write for one of the most important online resources regarding social media or be hired to speak at conferences in Mexico, USA or Australia. It's quite simple to explain, you only need two things: to be and stay human and to use the means available to you to make things happen. Are you going to create change simply by answering emails immediately, tweeting more often, "friending" lots of people on Facebook and staying at work an hour later than your colleagues? I doubt it!
We are walking towards a digital-human present, where interpersonal skills and competences developed in an online environment are increasingly important. This could be a great barrier; however, these skills shouldn't end in the online sphere. I'm talking about the present. The future is just a distraction in my opinion, something that pulls us away from reality and from starting the move we need to make: the rays of light that take shape in a start-up, personal brand or any other initiative. The future is only an extension of our present actions.
The economy we live in needs names. The internet, social web and human media provides us with the opportunity of being one of those names. Please don't ignore the daily opportunities you have to change it all. It's possible now!
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