Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Food for Thought - Where is Technology Taking us?
In response to a recent Discussion Question on LinkedIn Group, I made the following below. In reflection, I was pleased with my initial response and thought I would share it with others.
I was also impressed and thankfol for the original thought provoking question asked by:
The question was:
What did we lose to get more convenience? For instance, computers move the world at lightspeed, but we lost time to ourselves, or juice comes in a convenient pouch, but it no longer tastes like juice, nor has the same nutrition.
My response was:
Great topic of discussion and Food for Thought.
Yes, the world has changed and no, not enough people have changed and adapted to take advantage of computers, www2, and all the gadgets that are available today.
In April, 1999, I was sitting in a conference room in Santa Clara, California, USA listening to Mr. John Chambers, (CEO of Cisco Systems) tell our group of about 100 people that hold on to your chairs and hats as Cisco was going to change the way we "live, work & play" !
For me, he was right and the timing was right too.
I personally had achieved my Vice President title, my two Mercedes', my boat and my million dollar house in Silicon Valley. But, I was not happy and not satisfied with the life and the feeling about myself.
As a result, in July 1999, I packed my suitcases and a 40 foot sea container (1 Mercedes + 2 Queen size beds) and moved lock stock and barrel to Riga Latvia.
Latvia you say - where the heck is that - just as I did then.
Thanks to Cisco and others, I can now use my Vonage and Skype tools to chat anywhere in the world and enjoy a much more laid-back environment where my Mercedes is parked in the driveway for weeks at a time - I WALK or take public transport everywhere and eat "SLOW FOOD" - fresh items available in the central market today. My Blood pressure this morning sitting at my desk in my own office of my own company was 130/77 !
Relax, enjoy life, slow down but live faster using technology.
You can have it both!
Just work at it!