Should You Disrupt Your Own Career and Life?
If you look at the world through the eyes of a disruptor, you realize that no one company is so essential that it can’t be replaced and no single business model or sector are off-limits to a raw burst of change. The same goes for the business of our personal lives.
This great new article in Success speaks about how you too, can make your own rules, disrupt your career and life course, and smash the status quo in a positive way.
Now, more than any time in our lives, it’s important to recognize the rapid changes to our reality that continues to gain momentum. In the 1920’s, the average lifespan of a company on the S&P 500 was 67 years. Today it is 15. It is predicted by 2025, 40% of Fortune 500 companies will not only no longer be on the list, but will be out of business. The very things that made companies successful 50-60 years ago are getting in their way today. Companies that led the way in the 20th century are doomed to fail in the 21st.
If you doubt the enormous impact disruptors can have on business as we know it, consider these examples:
- In 1980, influential management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company advised ATT that the number of cell phone subscribers in the U.S. would be 900,000 by the year 2000. Based on this analysis, ATT decided not to pursue this market. The actual number turned out to be 109 million.
- Reed Hastings of Netflix recalls being laughed out of the room by Blockbuster Executives in 2000 when he proposed a partnership.
- Kodak invented and rejected the digital camera. When they filed bankruptcy in 2012, they still owned the patent rights for digital photography. While this was happening, three-year-old Instagram, with 13 employees, sold for $1.
I would encourage you to start thinking about innovations in your own businesses and personal lives. What will carry you forward in this rapidly changing world?
About Mark Moses
Mark Moses is the Founding Partner of CEO Coaching International and the Amazon Bestselling author of Make BIG Happen. Mark has won Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Blue Chip Enterprise award for overcoming adversity. His last company ranked #1 Fastest-Growing Company in Los Angeles as well as #10 on the Inc. 500 of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. He has completed 12 full distance Ironman Triathlons including the Hawaii Ironman World Championship 5 times.
About CEO Coaching International
CEO Coaching International works with CEOs and their leadership teams to achieve extraordinary results quarter after quarter, year after year. Known globally for its success in coaching growth-focused entrepreneurs to meaningful exits, CEO Coaching International has coached more than 1,000 CEOs and entrepreneurs in more than 60 countries and 45 industries. The coaches at CEO Coaching International are former CEOs, presidents, or executives who have made BIG happen. The firm’s coaches have led double-digit sales and profit growth in businesses ranging in size from startups to over $10 billion, and many are founders that have led their companies through successful eight, nine, and ten-figure exits. Companies working with CEO Coaching International for two years or more have experienced an average EBITDA CAGR of 67.8% during their time as a client, nearly four times the U.S. average and a revenue CAGR of 25.5%, more than twice the U.S. average.