Move With The Times – DEAL WITH IT

move with the times and deal with it

Last Modified: Oct 1, 2018 @ 5:45 pm

I decided to write this post because recently I’ve heard a lot of people moaning. The answer to them all is they are not moving with the times. Simple little examples are:

  • White hat SEO agencies moaning to me they are being outranked by a black hat spammer and how it is illegal what they are doing (which obviously it is not).
  • A few friends completely against cryptocurrency because they do not understand what it is and they cannot deal with change.
  • The best one is a local clothing shop complaining how they have lost money to people buying online, yet she sits there all day waiting in hope someone walks through the door instead of setting up her own online shop.

If You Dont Like Where You Are, MOVE. You Are Not A Tree

I absolutely love this saying “If You Don’t Like Where You Are, MOVE. You Are Not A Tree” because it is so true. Society nowadays love to watch the negative news and generally moan. Instead go out and take action to create your own luck because you are the master of your own destiny. Hard work and graft might not come easy to you but Will Smith sums this up perfectly:

“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be out-worked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me, you might be all of those things you got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there’s two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple, right?

You’re not going to out-work me. It’s such a simple, basic concept. The guy who is willing to hustle the most is going to be the guy that just gets that loose ball. The majority of people who aren’t getting the places they want or aren’t achieving the things that they want in this business is strictly based on hustle. It’s strictly based on being out-worked; it’s strictly based on missing crucial opportunities. I say all the time if you stay ready, you ain’t gotta get ready.”

There has been a huge cultural shift with the internet, social media and mobile devices. Everything from ordering your weekly food shopping to placing a bet online is at your fingertips. As these technological shifts happen many businesses get left in the dust because they’re too comfortable with their current success that they do not move with the times. You cannot afford to be complacent when the technology is moving so god damn fast.

Push Yourself to Lose Daily

Crazy right this heading to push yourself into losing daily?

What I mean by this is people do not realise how far they can push themselves. Push yourself to the limits so you know the boundaries.

Get out your comfort zone and push yourself because all failures are steps you take to learn and develop.

The Truth Behind Winning

Your success is driven by your daily routine. A comfort zone is a nice place to be but nothing ever grows there or is exciting. I train my team and use this quote regularly for them:

If it does not challenge you then it wont change you!

So if you want to progress, develop and improve your life, work, relationships and finances then you need to be challenging yourself more. Remove the word ‘lose’ out of your vocabulary and replace it with learn. So every time you lose or fail that is great because means you are learning.

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

This heading sounds a bit cheesy but it is so true. Let’s look at recent history to prove this. Do you remember that small idea called Uber? How people thought this was a terrible idea, because who the hell would want to get into a vehicle with a stranger? Well, Uber is now the largest car service in the world and the best part about all this is they do not own a single car. The truth around this is in today’s world generally this is how great new innovative ideas pan out:

  1. At first, everyone ignores your crazy idea
  2. Then they start to laugh and ridicule your ideas
  3. They attack your idea or fight it
  4. Then they build monuments of you or want to invest in the crazy idea

Another classic example of this is AirBNB. Two skint guys called Joe Gebbia and Brian Chesky were struggling to pay their rent. So they decided to try and rent out three airbeds in their living room as a conference was nearby. Surely no one would want to go online and book a place to stop with strangers. No that could never work haha. Well now from this initial airbed rental night they have developed and grown AirBNB to be with over $30 million. The best part of this again is they do not even own the accommodation but came up with a simple concept. Hopefully, you are now getting where I’m coming from guys.

Key Takeaways

Here are some key takeaways I believe everyone should embrace. There is only one person who can improve your attitude and your life and that is you. If you do not like your 9-5 job or you’re bored at home then you are the only person to blame for this. The secret of getting ahead of the game is simply to start, so do not use the excuse you have no time because that is bullshit. Have a read of this article about being too busy because it is a lame excuse used by too many people. Here are my takeaways:

Embrace the Digital Era

I have created a full article about the digital world so go and read up on this in more detail here. But basically, as the internet has evolved then we should be doing the same to adapt to this. The retail landscape is changing frequently. Bricks and mortar shops are the dinosaurs of retail nowadays.

ideas and execution

If your store is not online or you are not able to deliver to your customer’s door then are you even open for business. Get yourself found online within Google search or on social media. If you need to learn SEO then start doing this today because like you would try to improve your sales techniques if you are struggling to sell then why not improve your marketing knowledge to get the initial leads in the first place.

Forget White Hat, Grey Hat SEO or Black Hat – Have an ROI Hat

If you start to learn the basics of SEO then you will come across the terms white hat, grey hat and black hat. White Hat Agencies mock Black Hat as being spammers but my opinion on this is that the black hatters generally just know how to manipulate the results in Google better. However me personally I do not consider myself to be any of white, grey or black hat. I like to see myself as wearing an ROI Hat. If something works well in marketing to get my business’s return on investment then I would look into doing this.

Deal With It

This may sound really harsh but again it is about embracing change and dealing with it. If you have never heard of stoicism then I would recommend you read up on this. People will voluntarily discomfort themselves to prepare for misfortune. Here are some stoicism examples where they try to prepare themselves to be stronger. A great video explaining stoicism is here if you want to understand more on it:

Family members and close friends are going to pass away and are you going to let this affect your life for years or deal with it? Celebrate their life and make them proud of you but live for the moment as your time will be up soon anyway. A great quote on this is “a hurdle will always be presented in front of you so jump it and carry on with the race”.

 CryptoCurrency

The latest booming trend is digital currency. The cryptocurrency bandwagon has been slated for years and ridiculed. Is this not another Uber or Airbnb happening before your eyes? Why not look to invest a little bit into it. That way if it does boom you could make a lot of money and you have not just let this opportunity pass you by. Here is a website where you can buy digital currency online should you want to know the best platforms to purchase Bitcoin, Ethereum or whichever crypto coins you decide.

Your Network is Your Net Worth

If you want to move with the times then networking will open so many opportunities for you. The saying your network is your net worth is so true because it gives you more friends to share ideas with or pick up suggestions from. I am all about synergising with others and believe networking to be so important for developing your forward thinking skills. Get yourself to topic related conferences, seminars and meetups for whatever industry you work in. Build your network and make synergy a big part of next year.

Things Constantly Change

You must be willing to adapt in life as things are constantly changing. So instead of dwelling in the past on what has been then anticipate change and be ready for it. Monitor and quickly develop when the goalposts move. The faster you let go to the change the happier you will be. Watch this video and make sure you are the one who is happy to confront change head-on and move with the times. Treat it as a new adventure, a new challenge in your life and embrace this. When things constantly change it keeps you on your toes and a gives a fresh feeling.

Conclusion

Don’t hate the player but hate the game. Get yourself in the game and start being innovative. Move with the times instead of wasting time moaning about how others might be hustling better than you. Make a start today to improve who you are as a person. Here are some other articles you can read about my lessons in life and progression to strive to be a better person:

Hope you enjoyed this blog and if I have missed anything off here please comment below. I’m always happy to edit, improve and tweak the articles I write if you feel something is missing. We built this website for my friends and family mainly instead of monetising it so comment away and I will add more details happily.

James Dooley

About James Dooley

Digital Nomad who loves travelling the world networking while working on my laptop. Life is a perception of your own reality. You have no excuses and should be making memories every single day #LearnSomethingNew #Develop #Synergy #Network

8 Comments

  • Elliot says:

    Overcoming a tough situation or failure at work can be tough but I feel like as long as you know you have given it your all and put all of your effort into it, failure is more of a motivation to succeed the next time. Without failure no one would be where they are today. It is the biggest factor of success. If I don’t give it all my effort, then I always expect to fail however if I have then I understand and learn from mistakes. I know that everyone around me will appreciate that I have tried. However, if I was disappointed I would 100% make sure that I found out why I had failed and ensure that next time I try that I get it right. I think communication is key if you feel disappointed and having a strong connection with your boss and colleagues is crucial to overcoming obstacles and failure.

    • James Dooley says:

      A boss or partner always wants their staff to improve, adapt and test new things. Failure is part of the fun and should be embraced because if you are not failing in areas you are not pushing yourself hard enough.

  • Ben Proctor says:

    Failure is something that I believe shouldn’t be seen as a negative, but a positive for an individual. Many of the most successful people in modern times have failed countless times but have always carried on, learning from the failures that they have encountered. That is why I think failure is so good, it allows people to see how they have gone wrong and how to improve next time. With me, it can be a bit disheartening to hear that you have failed even though you have put 100% effort into the task at hand. But if I want to succeed, I can’t keep dwelling on my mistakes, I have to learn and move forward.
    If I encounter failures, I like to try and seek advice on how I failed and see if there is any way I can improve myself next time so I can try to avoid that problem again. Nowadays, we live in a world that is constantly changing so trying new things out is a brilliant mind-set to have. Failure is key to improving and it took me a while to know that but once this ideology was solidified in my head, I’ve never felt scared or embarrassed to make a mistake.

    • James Dooley says:

      Could not agree anymore. In the UK people see failing as bad when actually we should push ourself to failure and then know how far we can push ourselves

  • I personally do not think failure means anything. What is the term ‘failure’? Yes you may not have done your best however i think to class somebody’s effort as a failure is a real low blow and unnecessary so instead of people beating themselves up about what they think is a ‘failure’ they should take out the positives of that they tried and unfortunately it didn’t work out but there is always a next time. In this era the ammount of people that put pressure on themselves is crazy and especially young people which can then lead to personal issues such as low self esteem or not feeling comfortable or happy within themselves as they think they are a ‘failure’. I think dwelling on mistakes and always questioning ‘what if’ or what you could have done differently is pointless because you are just going to end up feeling low and disheartened at your self and the best thing to do is pick your self up and move on!

  • Jorge Barna says:

    Failing is part of learning, the important part is to see what you doing wrong and look to see how to improve. If life is going your way you are the only one who can get it back on track. The most important thing is to get back up and go again, the worse thing you can do is give up as you will not get anywhere. I have had difficult situations where I have been offered something and not been given a chance or they have decided against me. I think this article is very honest and gives very good information for people who need a lift. You have to challenge yourself to improve and become more successful in the area you want to be in

    Reading this has shown the importance of trying, even if you fail you have given it a go and you can learn from your mistakes. The photo’s in this are good as they are straight to the point and give people examples of how to get over a failure.

  • Ryan Nixon says:

    We live in a world where it is scientifically proven that evolution is a process we naturally engage. With subjectivity coming to the forefront of our society there has to be leeway for people to make decisions however the focus should always be forward. Pop, a character in the Marvel series Luke Cage’s motto was ,”always forward, never backwards” and that about sums it up perfectly. We create patterns and algorithms ourselves that allow us to regulate success and push onto the next challenge and that’s an attitude I want to take into working life. To push myself to get to areas that once seemed looked and the key thrown away. I feel like if you go through life and you haven’t made a mistake you’re an idiot and you’ve cowered away from things you should be strong enough to stare in the face and say, “come on, lets see what you’ve got”. That’s the brilliance of tomorrow, it’s always gonna come and the only thing promised in life is death and taxes so you might as well use what you’ve got while you’ve got it. Even if you think yesterday, yesterweek, yesteryears challenges were hard you should always wake up knowing today is another test and I must pass it. Also what you have to consider is that things take time, things come with a process. A good example of this is one of my older colleagues would point to the nearest tree and say, “do you think that’s grown in the last 24 hours” inferring that somebody a very long time ago planted it with the intention of it being a tree 30 years down the line.

  • Josh Stark says:

    If I got a difficult situation at work and I didn’t get the result I wanted to overcome this I would ‘go and look for more cheese!’ I think that the second video along with the article describes this situation perfectly and therefore I would immediately think “Things constantly change so we must adapt” however I would add “and anticipate for next time”. The whole situation about how Dave handled Amazon changing their payment system so Dave adapted because he anticipated by keeping up-to-date, accepted the issue, get ready for further change and then finally adapt quickly to meet the new needs. With all this in mind I would accept the fact I made mistake, learn how to improve by adapting my work and then finally make this change for anticipation for time next time similar issues occur.

    On top of this do “Lesson 3: Know yourself” also known as self-reflection this would mean that I could understand why I went wrong and even get help from other to improve my mind-set. With this i would make sure that i that the feedback not as hate but as constructive criticism to develop my own skills and provide a better experience for the person receiving my skills.

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