The world of business, indeed the world in general, is constantly changing and evolving. Disruption is the buzzword on everyones lips right now.
Why is it that so many of us are resistant to it? We try to fit in rather than stand out. Bury our heads in the sand with our colleagues and those around us. All the while, it feels like everything else from technology to our competitors is evolving.
It isn’t easy to be the black sheep. It can be hard to get excited about changes in technology and industry when those changes are fraught with mystery and uncertainty.
As a success coach, I see this coming up more and more often for my clients. The people I work with are unsure about their purpose in this ever changing landscape and fears of redundancy are omnipresent.
The rules and the name of the game are changing.
There is good news though – you don’t need be the disrupted, a victim of the uncertainty.
With a change of mindset and a little bit of knowledge, you can choose instead to be a disruptor.
Disruption: a refresher
The word disruption is used so often at the moment, it’s easy to forget what it’s actually all about.
In business, we are referring to when a market is created where none existed before which “disrupts” an existing market.
My favourite example is the Blockbuster/Netflix Saga. I worked at a Blockbuster as a teen and it makes me a little sad that Blockbuster didn’t see this coming. A visit to the video store on a Saturday night is now a thing of distant memory all because the major player in the video rental market did not anticipate where the future of watching movies was going.
It’s a pipe dream, sure – but I do like to imagine that if Blockbuster had set up their own streaming service, there would still be gold and blue castles of movie greatness on some street corners today. But because Netflix was able to anticipate the market and Blockbuster decided to be a stick in the mud – it was too late them and my dreams.
So, what’s happening out there?
Disruption in many cases today means automation.
This is changing the job market dramatically. Some industries are being hit harder than others, but ultimately, according to a 2013 University of Oxford Study, it is predicted that 47% of jobs in the US are under threat of automation in the next two decades.
One example is driving. It’s anticipated that Taxi, Uber and Truck drivers will be wiped out by automation in the coming years.
That said, jobs will of course in turn then be created in emerging technologies and other similar fields. And of course, there are the jobs that an algorithm simply can’t replace – those requiring creativity, think film & TV, and of course, caring – being health professionals and those in disability and aged care.
And what can I do about it?
We can’t change what’s happening – but we can adapt and look fo new opportunities. What do those opportunities look like? You’re not just restricted to emerging tech, creative industries and health services. Now might be an amazing time for you to strike out on your own.
There are more and more opportunities for freelancers being created daily – it’s just a matter of seeking them out and maybe even creating some of your own. Could you be a blogger? Online course creator and educator? Drop-shipper? The age of the digital nomad is upon us and if you look hard enough, is in full swing.
Remember the story, “Our Iceberg Is Melting!”? On the surface, it’s a sweet story about a small colony of penguins with a big problem. When you get into it though, it’s a really great commentary about the fear of change (disruption?) and how to motivate people to take action and face their fears and future.
Like the penguins in the story, we need to do away with our traditional ways of thinking. We must be open to possibility, ready to try new things and step outside our comfort zone.
Maybe you don’t want to change careers right now though. Or maybe you own a business or work in an industry you love and are reality passionate about. What is the antidote?
We must keep a keen eye out for signs of disruption around us, in our workplaces and in our businesses. We do not want to become the next Blockbuster!
We must know our clients better than they know themselves. We must be able to anticipate what they need before they even know they need it. Further than that, we must know our competition even better than our clients. Because as we know, if we don’t take care of our clients – someone else will.
Remember, the key to being the disruptor is to know your industry, know your clients and know how your world is going to be effected by advancements in technology.
Don’t be afraid to be the disruptor, the black sheep.
They are the ones having all the fun and making all the money.
- Amanda Louise 🖤🐑✨
The great granddaddy of Western Philosophy, Aristotle once said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
Nosce Ti Ipsum, you might say.
Little did I know as I was watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer and chatting on MSN as a teen that my high school motto would pretty much become my raison d'être.
The first thing I do when I’m working with one of my coaching fam is empower them to get to know themselves. ON ALL OF THE LEVELS.
We SHOULD know ourselves better than anyone.
Makes sense, right?
We spend every minute of every day in our own heads.
Thing is, most of us are too busy DOING and AVOIDING and STRESSING to spend two tenths of a second getting to know who we really are.
We’re MISSING OUT!
Not only on knowing who we really ARE, but what we really WANT.
Penny – dropped.
Isn’t that a scary concept? You’re basically living someone else’s life!
The good news: it’s not all that hard to start to get to know yourself a little better.
The bad news: there ain’t any! Growth and good vibes only.
Block out a couple of hours, buy yourself a shiny notebook (NEW STATIONARY!) and pour yourself your favourite drink. If you’re boiling the kettle, I’ll have an English Breakfast tea, stevia and a dash of milk. THANKS!
Get comfy and start answering the questions below.
Write them down first, then answer in as much detail as possible. NO SKIMPING!
Don’t overthink things – just let the answers flow.
After you’ve finished, take some time to really consider and process the answers.
You may be surprised. You WILL be surprised!
Now what? Think about how knowing each answer will allow you take ACTION in order to improve any and all areas of your life! Thing BIG. GRAND PLAN TYPE STUFF.
What didn’t you realise before? How can you apply that new information to make you healthier and HAPPIER!
What do you love MOST about yourself?
What would be your dream job?
Is that achievable? Why or why not?
Where in the world would you most like to live?
If you could do ANYTHING for the rest of your life and money was no object, what would that look like?
What are your top 3 skills/strengths?
We all have bad habits – what’s one of yours and why would you want to ditch it?
What would the “perfect day” look like to you?
What scares you?
Who are the 3 most important people in your life?
Of course, I’m just getting you started. This is a journey of Mammoth Discovery!
What other things would you like to delve deeper on? What other questions could you to get you’re pretty little head around what REALLY makes you tick?
- Amanda Louise
P.S. Wanna REALLY get to know yourself? Of COURSE you do!
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There's a principle in screenwriting called SAVE THE CAT! It tells us creative folk that, in order to best paint the picture of our protagonist, our "good guy" in the story, we should have him/her so something NICE - an example being, saving a cat stuck up a tree.
That's where you first meet the hero and they are being set up as the hero.
You know the scene in Aladdin where he FINALLY snags that piece of bread in the street? Only to give it to another homeless kid? Or when he stands in the way of the guards whip so that he can't hit the same kid. Even though Aladdin is clearly a street rat...
HERO COMING AT YOU, VIEWERS! 🧞♂️
Why am I telling you this?
Because you need to be the HERO of your OWN STORY and SAVE YOUR OWN CAT!
There is something in this world, this universe,Wh that you have been called to do.
You may already know what that is, you may not. (If you're not sure, my upcoming online program I'VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU can help you with that.🔥)
WHATEVER IT IS - you must take ACTION TOWARDS IT.
You must do WHATEVER IT TAKES.
FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES.
UNTIL IT TAKES.
Because there's only ONE OPPORTUNITY.
Be the hero of your own story - SAVE YOUR OWN CAT(S)!
- Amanda Louise 🐑🖤
P.S. I'll put the deets for I'VE BEEN EXPECTING YOU in the comments below. We kick off Monday 11th of March! I've been out and about promoting the book at some Expo's in Brisvegas so the price is not to be missed!