This is a long blog post. I have a lot of thoughts and have come to a decision about how I want to take this blog, my businesses, and my life.
I believe I am in the middle of a karios moment. I have talked about karios moments before. To keep it short this time, it is basically a moment when a special opportunity comes up. The choice is to you to take advantage of it. The reason I believe that I am at this point is the number of amazing, monumental events taking place in my life.
If you have subscribed to updates, you should have received a copy of my manifesto. In it I talk about how I have come to the conclusion that having a single normal job is not going to serve most people any more. I believe that multiple streams of income are the only way most younger people are going to achieve the same standard of living as their parents. While I have nothing against traditional jobs and even advocate having one along with other streams of income, based on modern economics the chance of a secure future is low.
It might have snuck up on you, but we are fully in the information age. As when the industrial revolution took over the agricultural age and society and economics changed, so have the same sort of changes occurred with the shift to the information age. These days when you think of something, the new natural reaction is to google it. We expect information on demand, at our finger tips. Demand for it is insatiable. Information has become the new commodity.
I am coming to see how this has changed the whole game for myself and others. The deck is stacked against those who simply want to work for a wage. Modern business is about keeping costs as low as possible, “getting leaner and leaner.” The normal Joe is only a resource like many other pieces of the business. The chance for a normal person to work at the same job for years and be able to expect an retirement is growing less and less.
So…given all this, what’s a person to do? I say embrace it. Consume as much information as possible. Grow yourself in many different ways: fun, new skills such as cooking, dancing,foreign language, personal development. The costs are low and the information is now almost unlimited. If you aren’t growing, you are dying. The tools with the information age make it easy to continue to grow.
To make this even better, the information age allows us professionally to do things a couple decades ago would not be possible. I am talking about dealing in information. Not state secrets, they hang you for that. I am talking about stuff you know. The appetite for information is constantly growing and people are quite happy paying for it. Just look at the rise in eBook sales as proof. My books Get Er Done and Train Your Brain have done extremely well this first year. Get Er Done is available both in paper and eBook, I went fully with eBook/Kindle for Train Your Brain.
Now a lot of people are saying, “that that is fine for Mike Martel, but I am not a writer.” Really we are all some of information broker. You don’t have to be a writer. I guarantee that you have some knowledge of something that is more that someone else. At a particular point, they will want that information. You have a whole lot of different ways to get it to them. I have been expanding into making more videos lately. You don’t have to write anything, just talk. Video is helping me push my limits and growing my ability to reach out and help others grow.
I really see this as giving back, leaving it and others better than how I found it/them. I simply refuse to accept the status quo both for my self and others. Jesus tells us the parable of the Good Samaritan. In the parable, Jesus equates the priest and Levite that leave the neighbor in the road as guilty as those who beat him. Being neutral is not an option. I feel drawn to the idea of helping people better themselves. Helping get the information they need, helping them navigate the information age.
My coaching work with Klemmer and Associates, my church, and individually have shown me that this is something that is meant for me. I really see this as changing lives, allowing people to see what is possible Even more, as my faith grows and deepens I feel God guiding me. Recently I had a prophetic word given to me, “Be the man you were meant to be.” I hear God telling me this and also telling me that I am meant to help others do the same. Lead in a way to make others see things differently. Reality is that there is so much opportunity in the world at this given moment to live a monumental life that is full of adventure, service and prosperity
What I intend to do is use all of the tools, experiences, gifts that God has given me to show others what is possible for them individually and professionally to have the lives that we meant for them. I am talking about building tribes of people across the world, helping each other. Creating information to enrich others lives and bring prosperity in our own. Leveraging the information to grow traditional businesses and create new ones.
I don’t think I stumbled into this. I believe I had divine guidance in walking my path so far – a former green beret trained in unconventional warfare, building armies, using leverage to create amazing results, along with a graduate degrees in information technology. I have been around the world; Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Central America, jungles, mountains, forests, the great cities. I know what the world has for us. On top of it all, training in personal development, leadership, and coaching.
So whoever is with me, let’s saddle up. Looking forward to going on another adventure with you.
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