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The answer to that question depends on whether you are at the leading edge or in the rear guard, with most people somewhere in between. A Japanese proverb has it that ten years makes an era (jnen hito mukashi). This is an easy way to mark time because we think in terms of decades, however in terms of the rate of change, we are on the exponential side of the curve.
Everywhere you look you see evidence of accelerating change. Technology and socio-economic change are embraced in a fast and frenzied dance. Predicting trends is about as reliable as predicting climate change. Yesterday’s success formula is tomorrow’s recipe for failure. If you would be the agent of change rather than it’s slave, the fundamental choice is to be proactive rather than reactive. The characters for crisis in Japanese reveal the dual nature of this process (危機 kiki, a dangerous opportunity).
Roger J. Hamilton proposed a model for understanding this with the Wealth Dynamics square, shown in the illustration. Innovation is a special kind of energy, a mental sphere with three distinct wavelengths, the three Dynamo Profiles, MECHANIC, CREATOR, and STAR profiles. People who excel in these areas are the innovation masters, and their business models are distinctly different from people in the Blaze, Tempo, and Steel sides of the square, although there is overlap at the edges of the triangles.
Dynamo profiles are intuitive and innovative by nature. Their watchword is change, and they are very good at creating and profiting from it. You can see it in their words, the books they write and are written about them. Three examples of successful entrepreneurs in the upper triangle of the square speak volumes about how the Dynamo profiles do business.
MECHANIC Profile: Jeff Bezos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bezos), the Founder and President of Amazon.com. Quote: “Because, you know, resilience - if you think of it in terms of the Gold Rush, then you'd be pretty depressed right now because the last nugget of gold would be gone. But the good thing is, with innovation, there isn't a last nugget. Every new thing creates two new questions and two new opportunities.”
Book titles also reveal something of his style and approach. One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com (Richard L. Brandt), Inside the Giant Machine: An Amazon.com Success Story (Kalpanik & Zheng).
CREATOR Profile: Steve Jobs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs), the co-founder and CEO of Apple, Inc. Quote: “You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.”
Book titles are equally revealing. The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience (Carmine Gallo), The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success (Carmine Gallo).
STAR Profile: Guy Kawasaki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Kawasaki), Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist, author and Apple evangelist. Quote: “You say: ‘I have lots of great ideas, but I have trouble figuring out which one to try. Let me tell you about a couple.’ Investor thinks: ‘I want to know which idea you're going to kill yourself trying to make successful, not which ideas have crossed your idle mind.’”
Book titles again reveal the style and energy. Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions (Guy Kawasaki), The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything (Guy Kawasaki).
If the economy is in crisis, it is because people fail to heed the advice of such Dynamo masters. If the economy is in revolution, these are the success stories that are driving it. You can learn a lot from Wealth Dynamics, the success stories of other Dynamo masters, and their words of wisdom (Reference: http://budurl.com/rwg4).
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