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Laziness in Smartness

I think I am just going to go with illustrations, on this one.

I have this friend who was constantly overwhelmed by her job and one of the reasons was because she had a lot of expenditure reconciliations that she had to account for every day. She spoke to me about it and suggested that she would prefer to leave the account balancing till the next morning when her mind was more relaxed so she didn’t get stressed out and make mistakes. After carefully listening to her, I suggested something else that really became a game-changer for her. I told her to distract herself from her work, devote some of her time to creating a suitable spreadsheet for what she was doing and systematically integrate it into what she was doing so she could only need her notes just for verification purposes. It worked magic according to her because her spreadsheet did all the summation for her and she only had to look through her handwritten notes if there was any form of discrepancy. I recall her asking on how an Architect should have any valuable insight into Accounting and to that I just smiled. I wasn’t going to let the cat out of the bag on how much I loved my spare time and as such was ready to do the time to create a system just so that in return, the system can eventually give me time to ‘sleep.’

I hope that makes sense but here is another illustration. I love Architecture so much and I try to see myself as a good Architect both on the drawing board and off, on-site. However, I detest the rudiments of measuring to get quantities out. Now in time past, we just gave these works out to quantity surveyors and relied on the information they gave us but their data were becoming more and more unreliable by the day, making us have to go back and verify them before using the information. So, because I ‘detest’ hard work, I got myself a suitable app that helped me ascertain my measurements without having to even leave the office. It eventually turned me and the Quantity Surveyor at loggerheads, who never could comprehend how I generated my values almost at the snap of a finger and how amazingly accurate they were. What he would need a week to achieve, I did it in half a day, and eventually, the organization had to align with my system of operation which ensured they maintained growth and development. Plus, I ended up with a lot of spare time, to do other things I always wanted.

It is kind of an irony to say that you have to invest time in order to have free time but honestly, that is exactly what it is. Working hard has never created successful wealth; forget what they told you about hard work and success. Creating results is the surest way to making wealth and it comes from taking the time, out of the norm to creating the right tools that can deliver great results in record time. The strangest thing about it is that you have to detest hard work for you to figure out that there must be an easier way, in the first place. I love to work hard, don’t get me wrong but working hard in the actualization of the execution process can, and would only result in you getting caught up in the place of total frustration and exhaustion. Take your car for instance. All you need to do is sit down on a chair, control a few pedals and ‘a small round thingy that just sits in front of you’ and you are moving all of a sudden at a hundred or so kilometres per hour and this is purely so because the car itself is a system that has already been created and established for that purpose. Imagine what it would have been like if you have had to try to spin the engine by yourself in order to make the car move. It is a principle of life you need to start applying – Focus your energy on creating a system and let the system do the work for you. “Lazing about” in your car got you to that sort of speed; what makes you think that spinning the crankshaft of your job or business is going to take you anywhere after all? A comprehensive understanding of this would always help you to see things from outside the “busy-ness” where you can proffer solutions that guarantee far more productivity. Every inventor was pretty much that… every football coach sits out the 90 mins without kicking the ball; how else do you think they are the most effective in strategizing the success of the team?

For me, this is what I call STRATEGIC WORKING and I have some set rules that guide me on how to apply it to everything I do. First of all, the world has become too technologically advanced and saturated with information and so, if you find yourself stressing out on a daily basis just to get some hard work done, the chances are that there is already a solution for it out there. You might not just be looking hard enough. Most times I have come to realize that this is true; it could be a paid service (and more often than not you would find free versions of good enough quality for almost every paid service) but the main thing here is, you need to find a means of creating greater value for your time rather than just slaving on your job. The second thing I do is this. I try to genuinely equate the task at hand to my actual capability in combination with how much was invested to gain those abilities. Let me explain it this way. If I had to measure the area of a wall or the length and width of a building or the volume of a building all the time for the rest of my life, I probably wouldn’t need to have gone past Junior High School to be qualified to do it. Having to do that kind job with a higher qualification certainly means that there is something I did not do right with regards to working smartly and making amendments as soon as possible is surely going to set me on the right path of value and ultimately increase my ability to earn enormously.

It is worthy to conclude that, it always starts with the mind… You have got to make yourself begin to think smart and stop yourself from obsessively thinking that you have to work hard all the time in other to make success… See you at the top.

Let’s Talk About Bubbles

Bubbles are phenomenal spectacles to behold, right? Especially when displayed under the right lighting conditions, they can just be breathe taking. Basically, they are just a subset of air or gasses in the environment that have been distinguished by a thin membrane, usually of moisture, and are held in place by an astonishing balance between the air in the environment and that within the bubble. Eventually, they get overwhelmed by the external pressures of the environment and they burst into oblivion or as I would like to call it, commonness. They usually happen just for a few moments in time but they never leave us unimpressed with their characteristic charm.

 

I’d like to say that most times, the same thing goes for every great technological advancement that had every lit the face of humanity. They are always characterized with all the dazzle of economic growth, wealth, development, and an uplifted state of welfare until they go burst into the mainstream and onto the next big technology. Follow me through, we are still talking about bubbles here.

 

One of such bubbles in history is that of the industrialization and while it is still in existence till now, you would agree with me that the same manner with which it was a dazzle in the 18th and 19th and early parts of the 20th century, is not the same manner with which it is presenting its value in this era. The locomotive steam engine that was the pride of that time is pretty much an obsolete piece of technology when placed side by side with the kind of engines that power our modern trains today However, the Industrial Revolution is said to be the upward bending point in the developmental curve of the regions of Europe and the United States since the start of humanity. It was characterized by the invention of machinery for many trades that eventually became industries, such as Textile, Agriculture, and Mining as well as it saw to the commercial production and use of steel for the creation of these machines. Many became wealthy and lifestyles became better eventually for it. There was enormous growth within the regions of the world that took advantage of it and it resulted in more efficient production machines both for manufacture and warfare.

 

 

Fast-forwarding into present times, we experienced such a bubble in 1999 and it spanned on till 2003 or thereabout. It is one that many analysts call the dot.com bubble and it was the era when the internet became the focal point in our quest for development. It was an amazing time as the understanding of the power of the internet displayed itself in the extreme demand for personal computing as well as the utilization of the internet for many functions such as emailing, communicating, and transactions which we now term as ‘online.’ Some of the strongest cooperation in the world now boomed at that time and we still see the positive effects of this bubble on account of the number of Billionaires who have emerged as a result of online businesses. Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon just climbed up to $200 billion in net worth and the two richest men in China owe their wealth to the online world as well. Allow me to say that this is an amazing feat considering that we are all experiencing a pandemic and world economies are all on the decline.

 

Yet, I am still talking about bubbles… History always finds a way of repeating itself in the most alarming ways. Just like there was a resurgence of the Industrial Revolution, especially in the United States in the late 19th century, we are in these present times experiencing an upsurge in the number of businesses that are transacted on the internet and this time, I do foresee that it would be in a far greater magnitude than was experienced in the first wave of the dot com bubble. This is the reason why I say that. A lot of times, development is activated purely by the availability of the right technology that advances it. People latch on to the new tech as they become more aware of the opportunities that are presented by it that they never thought were possible and then the smart ones get to work in translating these technologies into more solution creating tools. However, since the emergence of this pandemic, and as is the case when necessity or survival becomes the drive for advancement, the humanity tends to push the frontier of technology and as such, a vaccine which had never been created in less than a year becomes achievable in about 6 months (Think about it).

 

Online services, which were at best required for virtual connections turned out to be the most valuable and reliable form of communication and transaction and it left most of the world in the wonder of the possibilities it could have been able to provide in situations where actual hospitals were unable to proffer adequate spaces for the sick, for instance. I do believe that in the bid for the world to effectively curb and eliminate any reoccurrence of any situation in the form as presented by the COVID 19 virus, in the bid for humanity to survive, there is going to be a huge amount of rapid development on the already highly developing internet in order to help handle physical human activities better.

 

With regards to bubbles, technologies are just like bubbles. They are born, they display their radiances and then become overcome by commonness and as such, they can be explained to have different stages through their life cycles. There is a Technology Adoption Lifecycle Chart I once came across that sort of explained the stages pretty well. With regards to Technology Adoption, there was the stage wherein it is conceived or innovated called the Innovators Stage, the Early Adopters Stage wherein the most proactive people benefit the most from the charm effect of the new technology, the Early Majority Stage where everyone begins to show interest in adopting the technology, The Late Majority Stage and the Laggards Stage. I am pretty sure the names used by the creators of the chart are pretty much self-explanatory to what is been expressed.

(Link for a more detailed description: https://medium.com/@shivayogiks/what-is-technology-adoption-life-cycle-and-chasm-e07084e7991f)

 

It, therefore, shows that there is a lot of importance that is attached to the time in which new technology is adopted as it relates directly to how much a person is able to benefit from it. Great companies like Google and Amazon have created wealth by latching on the internet by being Early Adopters who took advantage of the Charm Gap in the technology and built upon its leverages. I still believe we are at the tail end of the Early Adoption Stage and are progressing into the Early Majority Stage of this Bubble. This is so because in many ways, we are still experiencing and would continue to experience the climb in the development of the internet for a while and inasmuch as many people are coming to terms with its importance, tapping its ability for the creation of desired physical benefits still seems like a fantasy to most people. Therefore, this is the best time to take advantage of the internet in order to still partake in a rewarding head start in achieving its gains.

 

There are so many beautiful displays of this bubble and especially for Africa, it does present us with the opportunity of an almost level playing ground to showcase all our skills and merchandise to the world and in my opinion, this is one of the best shots at that, that we may ever get. You don’t need a VISA to speak to a client in South Africa or in London and yet you can be able to transact your goods with the person efficiently. How better can it get? You create an App in Kenya and you do not need to have different permission to transact it on the App Stores. Your fashion design outlet gets a world stage without you having to pay enormously, these are opportunities that we should not let slip us by. The same standards that apply to be a developer of an App in Sudan, for instance, is the same standard that applies to create an App in Canada and yet we are looking for other means to make money when we can just as well teach our young kids to take advantage and flood the internet with competent developers? The list is endless and I have written books on the issue, however, the real issue is, are we going to be proactive and take hold of these opportunities while they are capable of working in our favour or are we going to let it slip away and miss out on another big chance at stepping up to the world. The choice is yours, Africa… now I am done talking about Bubbles.

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