Thursday, October 6, 2011

Your time is limited

Your time is limited ,so don't waste it living someone else's life - Steve Jobs

Social Media has changed the way we do business and the way we connect to the world. In the past 9/10 years there has been a revolutionary growth of sites, blogs, programs, platforms, tools, products, and means to connect online.

Today Steve Jobs who was an exceptional innovator and leader passed away. Through his work at Apple, we are able to embrace and use technology on the run and essentially it's a social online revolution.

Technology has grown so rapidly and has extended so far.

I'm Generation X, I never had a mobile, never played video games as a child, had TV which switched off at midnight, did not have telephone messages and wrote letters and postcards. We sent faxes, wrote letters and make telephone enquiries in my early years of work. The World Wide Web and emails were exciting, then online chat, then mobiles and texting, then blogs and then/now web 2.0 and all the gadgets.

We got into trouble for passing notes at schools and some people will never understand the connection between a pencil and a cassette tape.

In fact some people will never see a cassette tape, apart from all the retro phone covers!

I have been watching technology grow so much that now children are blogging at schools, building websites, learning about animations and drawings and becoming computer, iPhone and iPad savvy. They are using words like Google, Photoshop and text speak naturally in sentences which amazes me.

There are careers now that were not in existence 10 years ago. 

People are website savvy, they are blogging, making videos, selling eBooks and have job titles that I'd never heard of until recently; Brand Ambassador, Director of Analytics, Director of eMarketing, Interactive Specialist, PPC Consultant, SEM/SEO Engineer, Social Media Analyst, Web Project Manager, New Media Coordinator, Director of Integrated Media, Content Strategist, Social Media Specialist, Communications Associate ... to name a few.

All these roles combine, PR, marketing, technology, engineering, innovation, ideas, building, searching, analysing, communications, customer service, media, advertising and client services.

For young adults and children, this means that they can embrace a wide range of study skills and their careers will combine so many industries that are radically changing the future of workplaces, entrepreneurs, CEOs and work on a day to day basis.

My nieces and nephew will probably be employed in a role with a job title, which has not been developed yet!

Steve Jobs, learnt, taught, did and embraced a huge combination of skills. He inspired and encouraged people (at and beyond Apple) to think and speculate what people may need and listened to what people wanted and then set about improving technology for us, to make it easier for us to use.

With changes in computer and online technology, everything is becoming so user friendly that it has having a huge impact on how we connect and how we can improve our work and productivity.

With social learning in the workplaces and encouraging people to learn at work; my clients are making an impact on their individual roles. Training has become and is the most important tool I have at hand, I love watching people learn. Social Media has had the most positive effect for them at work.

I use my iPhone and apps, to work productively while on the move and in between training clients, I check emails, monitor accounts, answer queries and find resources, news and info and this has helped me become a better trainer.

Steve Jobs said that ," I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love."

Farewell to Steve Jobs who lived a full life.

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