A New Way to Think About a 2.0 life.
When I was in graduate school, I wrote a paper on “Resistance To Change.” My observation was that people are far more willing to endure the misery of the known, than to take a chance on the unknown.
While on the one hand the world is becoming more accessible both technologically and physically, the news media creates in many cases a sense of fear which fuels a latent sense of insularity.
I recently came across a statistic that I found stunning, telling and sad all at once… “Read more”Roughly one in five Americans hold a passport!
In the mean time economically the United States is like the client who borrows money, throws a large party, and now has to figure out how to pay it back. The party is over, but the bill is due.
The immediate consequences! More younger people desperately looking for work. More older people stunned by how their 401K plans now look more like 201K plans. The longer term picture may be look even gloomier.
Yet two major conditions are in play:(1) U.S. income can produce an increased standard of living abroad; and (2) the information age means that information has value. Goods and services can be brokered from one location on the planet to another without a human intermediary.
You see for example, numerous “how to services” being offered on line to show people how to effectively market. These are courses and tips that are fully automatic. In this sense the user pays and the seller receives, but the seller may not physically have to do anything. The course is delivered. The interaction is automatic and the buyer interacts solely with automation. We are in that kind of transition now. Businesses, for example that have a bricks and mortar storefront can be thought of as 1.0. Businesses that solicit and deliver strictly from an online presence can be thought of as 2.0. A 2.0 business can be run from anywhere in the world.
“Transition agents” are those people who have the background and expertise in helping people take advantage of the best places to live worldwide, permanently or part time, and coaching people in using 2.0 tools to improve their lives.
One such “transition agent” is Winton Churchill. A career at the executive levels of some of America’s greatest tech companies, as well as best selling author, Winton not only consults for International Living, but provides 2.0 business coaching skills for entrepreneurially oriented activities that can be performed anywhere in the world through Barefoot Consultants.You might for example have an income, but want to augment it by providing professional skills. Winton guided me in selecting and using the various services such as E-lance to locate and effectively find and evaluate particular marketing specialists. You may have an at home skill yourself to offer and this site can allow you to bid on work any where on the planet. To give you an idea of how much potential there is you can take a look at this article. The very act of shedding our habitual patterns, reaching for new ideas, new experiences and saying to ourselves, “Why not,” only adds richness to the fabric of our lives.
If you were to make a transition, what would it be to? Give it some thought (but not too much!) and drop me your most innovative transition destination in the comments section. Most Innovative answer wins a free copy of my new book.