Saturday, November 23, 2013

New measures of success

The Eskimos have all those words for snow, and it seems the only language we have for expressing success is numeric. It may be a universal language, but it’s an impoverished one. Maybe we need a word for “never having to sit in a meeting where someone reads long power point slides out loud.” Maybe we should have an expression that captures the level of success you’ve achieved when you do exactly what you love every day.- NYTimes "I want to be a Millennial when I retire"
 And how were you told to measure success?

Sean Ogle highlights the above NYTimes piece on his blog this week and does a really nice job tackling it: 
- I Want to Be Me When I Retire - 

As he points out -
Between the economy collapsing and technology advancing, all bets are off. If you were raised during my generation (I’m 28), you’ve seen a completely different set of rules.  You’ve seen your parents who you once thought were invincible fall upon hard times, you’ve seen tech startups sell for over a billion dollars, and you’ve seen just how quickly new ideas can be adopted.
When you look at the realities of what we’ve seen during our 20s, it’s no wonder our view of success and what’s possible is completely different than that of our parents.
For 100 years we've had an economy where we could reasonably expect incremental progress.  We would have "it" a little easier than our parents, go to college, get a degree (didn't matter in what), and someone would pick you. And you would be "successful"... We have developed a culture, and built institutions, based on this and now neither the culture or institutions work.

The rules are completely different and the way we measure success will be completely different going forward.
Between the economy collapsing and technology advancing, all bets are off. If you were raised during my generation (I’m 28), you’ve seen a completely different set of rules.  You’ve seen your parents who you once thought were invincible fall upon hard times, you’ve seen tech startups sell for over a billion dollars, and you’ve seen just how quickly new ideas can be adopted.
When you look at the realities of what we’ve seen during our 20s, it’s no wonder our view of success and what’s possible is completely different than that of our parents.
- See more at: http://www.seanogle.com/entrepreneurship/when-i-retire#sthash.YXgiIB8z.bU7pUbrl.dpuf
Between the economy collapsing and technology advancing, all bets are off. If you were raised during my generation (I’m 28), you’ve seen a completely different set of rules.  You’ve seen your parents who you once thought were invincible fall upon hard times, you’ve seen tech startups sell for over a billion dollars, and you’ve seen just how quickly new ideas can be adopted.
When you look at the realities of what we’ve seen during our 20s, it’s no wonder our view of success and what’s possible is completely different than that of our parents.
- See more at: http://www.seanogle.com/entrepreneurship/when-i-retire#sthash.YXgiIB8z.bU7pUbrl.dpuf
Between the economy collapsing and technology advancing, all bets are off. If you were raised during my generation (I’m 28), you’ve seen a completely different set of rules.  You’ve seen your parents who you once thought were invincible fall upon hard times, you’ve seen tech startups sell for over a billion dollars, and you’ve seen just how quickly new ideas can be adopted. - See more at: http://www.seanogle.com/entrepreneurship/when-i-retire#sthash.YXgiIB8z.bU7pUbrl.dpuf
Between the economy collapsing and technology advancing, all bets are off. If you were raised during my generation (I’m 28), you’ve seen a completely different set of rules.  You’ve seen your parents who you once thought were invincible fall upon hard times, you’ve seen tech startups sell for over a billion dollars, and you’ve seen just how quickly new ideas can be adopted. - See more at: http://www.seanogle.com/entrepreneurship/when-i-retire#sthash.YXgiIB8z.bU7pUbrl.dpuf
Between the economy collapsing and technology advancing, all bets are off. If you were raised during my generation (I’m 28), you’ve seen a completely different set of rules.  You’ve seen your parents who you once thought were invincible fall upon hard times, you’ve seen tech startups sell for over a billion dollars, and you’ve seen just how quickly new ideas can be adopted. - See more at: http://www.seanogle.com/entrepreneurship/when-i-retire#sthash.YXgiIB8z.bU7pUbrl.dpuf
Between the economy collapsing and technology advancing, all bets are off. If you were raised during my generation (I’m 28), you’ve seen a completely different set of rules.  You’ve seen your parents who you once thought were invincible fall upon hard times, you’ve seen tech startups sell for over a billion dollars, and you’ve seen just how quickly new ideas can be adopted. - See more at: http://www.seanogle.com/entrepreneurship/when-i-retire#sthash.YXgiIB8z.bU7pUbrl.dpuf

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