Back in 1965, the year I was born, a computer geek named Gordon Moore predicted a trend that soon became fact. He said then (and remember, this was more than 40 years ago) that the information and processing speed of computer chips would double approximately every two years. This prognosticator and co-founder of Intel was dead on with his forecast.
But Moore’s law wasn’t just a description of what would likely happen. It served more as an edict to Intel’s scientists to go out, do the right thing and make it happen. Not far removed from my Day 4 of 30 Days post about finding a cure for cancer.
In what other ways can Moore’s Law play a role in our day-to-day lives? In about the time it takes to inhale and exhale four times, I can think of several: Relationships. Finances. Career decisions. Personal health.
The principle applies if we just simply take a moment to look at where we’ve been and where we wish to be, then base our own personal development plan on the facts at hand. Granted, we can’t go gonzo based on something like our past earning history and “wish” our salary doubles every two years. We can, however, logically hypothesize that in five years our earning potential will increase by X percent (if we accomplish A, B, and C along the way). That’s initiative and that’s something America and Americans seem to be lacking.
We have become a risk averse people. Instead of the likes of Thomas Edison, who threw all his ideas at the wall and changed the way the world functions, we pay people to tell us why an idea is no good. Instead of choosing to run with scissors, we choose not to fail.
The president of Google, Larry Page, said recently in a Fortune magazine interview that Google never would have happened if professors at Stanford hadn’t told the founders they could always come back and finish their Ph.D.s if they didn’t succeed. Now look at them.
We don’t get many chances to be wildly successful in life – marginally successful – that’s common. The question is, why would anyone be satisfied with being average in a country that epitomizes doing things differently?
Nike’s ad campaign from the ’90s served as a great mantra for many individuals and company’s. What organization didn’t have the words “Just Do It” stuck in a PowerPoint slide deck at some point in its history? And look what happened in the ’90s. Remember all the excitement companies created when they weren’t afraid of risk or failure?
It’s time to rethink our behaviors, both on a personal level and how we’re walking Zombie-like through our work days. Take a stance. Investigate. Patent. Produce. Run with the scissors for a change and make the world a better place.
Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas Edison
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