This week’s advice is very simple. If you want to make money in this business, get ahead, and have a great career, I have some very simple advice:
I marvel at my three year-old's ability to manipulate the iPhone and iPad. He's not a genius as I have heard similar stories from other parents. The fact is, he came to it with a clean slate. He didn't have any preconceived notions about how it should work, how previous tools compare, or its limitations. I didn't have to explain it to him. It has one button and endless possibilities with the touchscreen and he was happy to figure it out with trial and error. He's clearly as comfortable with the device as my sister (see below) and can spend hours playing games, surfing YouTube, and looking at pictures.
Last year, I posted a list of 10 things I was thankful for on the eve of Thanksgiving. I am of the mindset that it's always important to focus on what you are grateful for, but since it's the day before Thanksgiving, here's this year's list. 1. At his son's bar mitzvah last month, in his toast, my cousin Ross Levine said something along the lines of, "Friends and family are the most important things in life. Everything else comes after." I am sure I am misquoting him, but you get the point. I am wealthy beyond my wildest dreams in the friends and family department and appreciate each and every one of you.
Over the last month, I have paying attention to how connected we are - both as an industry and as a culture - to our phones. They are great, aren't they? I was in a session earlier this week at the CoreNet Summit on mobility and one group came up with forty things that our phones have replaced. On the list were magazines, newspapers, CD's, and even friends. But it seems that we constantly have our heads buried in our phones and I'm just as guilty as the next person. During another session, I looked around and at least half the room had their heads down and phones open. This was a session and an event that I found very interesting and others had chosen to attend. However, it's almost done by force of habit that as soon as we are bored for a second, we check our email, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.