In the 14th email from 50 days of writing course by David Perell, he introduces me to a new concept (old ideas but in a new way) - which is, Identifying the gap between the accelerating technologies and our social norms. He calls it the "Go-For-It-Window."
David further explains about the Go-For-It in the following manner -
You know you’ve found the Go-For-It Window when you’re shocked your idea doesn’t already exist; when you know something nobody else does; and when it feels like others see the world in black and white, while you see the world with vibrant, technicolor glasses.
David further mentions how opportunity and popularity are inversely correlated. Think about it....there is no such thing as an easy job. You just have to take the leap against other people and believe in it. That is when you reap popularity or rewards.
The Go-For-It-Window that is taking all of us by storm is the whole Web3 movement i.e. the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain that are enabling creators to be vocal about their art. The younger generation are realizing that building credibility online is as equal or more than than that of the traditional graduate degree. There will soon be options for Homeschooling which is more adaptable to Individual child rather than everyone following the same old system.
The Go-For-It-Window is the hanging curve ball in the middle of the plate. It’s the right opportunity at the right time. Opportunities in the Go-For-It-Window close fast. They’re fleeting. When you sense an opportunity, act on it. Research the idea, speak with industry experts and outline a solution.
The points made in the email are so true. There are a lot of amazing points in this email that I can be writing pages about each idea. However, the first point David brings to point is how there is a huge gap between Advanced Technology and social norms, I mean think about the current situation, we know something is up in the social media all about the Web3, Cryptocurrency and everything but it took 11 years (approx.) to make that transition. Adding to the idea of Go-For-It-Window, Bitcoin, which some predict will become the most important technology of the 21st century, combined cryptography advancements made in the 1970s, with digital cash research from the 1980s, with cypherpunk philosophy from the 1990s, with digital cash experiments from the 2000s, which Satoshi Nakomoto cited in the Bitcoin white paper. It took Lateral Thinking as written on the day -13 notes and the Go-For-It-Window method that led to such humungous growth.
The point in case is writing about the huge gap can put you on the map of the quest to find the undiscoverable.
The other thing that fascinated me was the Graduate part and leveraging internet to showcase your skills is a sure shot way to impress the peers you are working for or applying to. That is solely because they can see the work you put in rather than the total mugging up to pass the generic exam sort of knowledge. Honestly, this will be a revolutionary advancement if the access of proper education will give to our generation. There are lots of problems people face everyday and if you manage to solve one, you hit the jackpot!
There is also a steep decrease in the number of students dropping from graduate colleges this year which indicates 2 things, One is a good thing and the other is a bad thing. Good thing being they have the internet that they can leverage to be better than most of the people running the rat-race. Bad thing is the education system still believing that students don't know what they are doing.
In conclusion, you should take these pointers -
- Don't be afraid to do things that you are afraid to do.
- Leverage the internet to create your own job( which I know is crazy but, it is possible). How to do it? - I don't know, I am learning by writing because this is what I love to do.
- There are many artists, creators and authors who took the leap and went all in - from being in a totally different field and are successful. e.g. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003. Rajinikanth was a bus conductor and many others. So, don't be afraid to take the risk, If you find the Go-For-It-Window - take a leap and jump out of it.
Thank you for reading.
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