The Changing World Means Opportunity

I’m reading Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. One of his chapters starts out with this:

Business in the future is going to be a field day for everyone with talent because they’ll no longer be forced to exist within the confines of old-guard institutions. For example, everyone who is screaming that journalism is dead because newspapers and magazines are folding is instane. The old platforms are in trouble, but that’s the best thing that could happen to journalists…the good ones, anyway.

He then goes on to explain how the journalism field is changing and how good journalists should embrace the new technological models embedded in social media and the Internet. Gary’s example of journalism got me thinking of my profession: teaching.

I spend a lot of time complaining about modern education. I tend to think my MBA was a waste of time and money, I’m so disappointed in public education that I homeschool my own kids, and the publishing world of education is so wrought with political and hidden agendas that I am forced to publish my own stuff. These realities may be painful, but they’re true.

And in each of these truths, I have found opportunity. I contract my business skills out, and having an MBA is a pretty good selling point. I may homeschool my kids, but I sell many of my resources to public schools. The world changes, but do I really change? I like to think I find opportunities. Perhaps it appears like change, but I’m really the same business-loving educator.

Question: How is your business or career still applying “old platforms”? Is there an opportunity in it?

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  • AndreaMaddiex

    Very good point! Hey Chris, did you get my last email? Also, have you heard of danijohnson.com?

    • Hi Andrea. I did get your last email…so excited for you and your future. But I’m running a debate camp in Florida at the moment, time is limited. I’ll be back in the saddle next week and we should connect then.

    • And no, I hadn’t heard of Dani Johnson, but I’ll check her out!