Have you ever wondered why it seems like we have more prominent successful people today than ever before?
Whether it’s sports, or science or arts, or any field really.... There are countless superstars that any one of us can name given any field.
Take music for example, if you were asked to name as many musicians as you can from just a century or two ago, how many names do you think the average person could come up with?
Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi..Etc.
Total count? Half a dozen on a good day.
Now go ask them to name musicians from this era and the result would almost certainly be in the three digits range. From Madonna to Taylor Swift, from Metallica to King Crimson, from Miles Davis to Coltrane, from Elvis Presley to Sinatra passing by the Backstreet Boys…
The average adult person has probably seen thousands of superstars conquering the world stage during a mere two or three decades.
Granted, following one’s passion and making it their life work is a luxury that was almost nonexistent in the past centuries. And maybe we should take a moment to reflect on that appreciate what we have.
I mean, can you imagine if you were born in 1686 instead of 1986?
Chances are that you’d be stuck for the rest of your life into the lowest level of the Maslow Pyramid… Without the wifi of course.
There are other factors involved, the invention of television brought upon a massive distribution outlet, just like the printing press before it.
The internet then came around and started knocking the doors right from behind the gatekeepers backs, thus giving everyone a fighting shot if they’re willing to roll their sleeves up.
And it keeps getting better as we’re now at the very beginning stages of the blockchain revolution, but that’s a subject for another story.
The best part of all is that the internet never forgets. Which means that you can find all the advice and experience form previous overachievers that share your dreams and aspirations and who have already blazed the path to desired destination.
You can learn from their mistakes and their discoveries, and you can get inspired by their stories, stories that you can actually relate to.
But that doesn’t come without responsibility, as you have to self-regulate the amount of content that you consume, as well as the quality and relevance which is even more important than the amount of time dedicated to the task.
In an era where there is an insane amount of knowledge and opportunity that can help you pursue your personal aspirations, about the worst thing you can do is to fall into the internet's most notorious trap where you’re they have you constantly chasing after the latest dopamine shot and hating on people that you disagree with.
A few centuries ago, medieval serfs had no choice, they had no options in life. Nothing to do but spend every waking hour labouring for the nobility. The nobility that seizes everything from them and keeps them divided by feeding them each other as an outlet to release their anger and frustration.
Give them half the options we have, and they’ll be kissing their lucky stars for such a mind blowing array of possibilities. They’ll toss that pitchfork without batting an eye.
So why should you pick it up at the cost of your own dreams and aspirations?
They say that time is a double edge sword, you can use it to clear the pathway towards your goals... Or it can be used to kill your dreams. The problem however, is that no one escapes time.