Is life a pattern? Does it have to be a pattern? Or, do you believe you’re in control of your destiny? Many may be nodding their heads, yes right now. But, let me illustrate a story for you. It is called “Life Explained”, and here is that story:
“God created the dog and said: ‘sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.’
The dog said: ‘That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?’
So God agreed.
Then God created the monkey and said: ‘Entertain people, do tricks; and make them laugh. For this, I‘ll give you a twenty – year life span.’
The monkey said: ‘Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?’
And God agreed.
Then God created the cow and said: ‘You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun , have calves and give milk to support the farmer’s family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.’
The cow said: ‘That’s kind of tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty years?’
And God agreed again.
Thereafter God created humans and said: ‘Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.’
But the human said: ‘Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; and that makes eighty, okay?’
‘Okay,’ said God, ‘You asked for it.’
So, that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And, for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.”
This metaphorical story explains many of the patterns that we now follow. However, there is one thing that this story failed to explain. Life has a way to evolve, and change on us.
As we all may have noticed, what we experience in life today is different than what our grandparents experienced, or our stone age ancestors experienced. The Information Age is different than the Industrial Age; or the Agricultural Age; or the Stone Age.
In the Stone Age, it was the survival of the fittest where your needs depended upon being able to find your food in harsh climates. Those that knew how to hunt, and were physically tough were able to survive. It was the simple process of natural selection.
In the Agricultural Age, it was dependent upon the factors of being able to have the most land. The person that owned the most land usually came out on top, and became the wealthiest. The people in the lower classes had a hard time competing with noblemen and rulers who owned them. It was the simple process of who-he-had-the-larger-stick ruled.
In the Industrial Age, people survived by working in factories. The Industrial Age provided the opportunities for growth in both economic growth and social growth. This time changed our way of working from hand tools to power tools introducing the steam boat, and the locomotive into this age. These technological advancements demanded more out of our society, and our work habits changed taking many of us away from the fields to grow corn to producing coal to help power many of our technological advancements. These changes created the simple process of what many now call today the corporation ladder.
Though the corporation ladder still exists, and due to this fact some may argue that we’re still in the Industrial Age. What makes the Information Age different than the Industrial Age is how we have advanced technology, and the opportunity to share information like never before in our human history.
In the Information Age, the internet has made sharing information very open and very possible. By sharing information at an alarming rate, people have had the opportunities to break the bonds of the corporate ladder by becoming virtually instant corporate leaders producing millions to billions of dollars. Prime examples include: Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Reid Hoffman. These changes created the simple process of knowledge is power.
But, where can I find this knowledge; and how can I tap into this power to possibly join some of these corporate giants that have leveraged the internet to create ever – lasting wealth? That’s where I would like to help.
It will look like this: Life, the opportunity and not the pattern