Many thought leaders have been emphasizing on the point for a long time that we now leave in the a world of abundance, not in a world of scarcity any more.
If we want to buy a television today, we can go to hundreds of websites, compare thousands of deals, finalize a model and order for shipping. The entire process takes may be less than half an hour. I remember when we were buying a television many years back in my home town, there were only one shop in my neighborhood and they had only three models in store.
When a relative of ours came to US to pursue his higher study around thirty years ago, the most convenient way to contact him was physical mails, which took around a month to reach its destination. But now, I can instantly contact my family who lives thousands of miles away in literally thirty different ways, including email, Facebook, WhatsApp and many more, and have a conversation instantly.
When my father graduated from college, I guess he had to find a typist and pay him money to create a two-page resume. Now we have many free software that we can download to create it ourselves in less than fifteen minutes. When he used to have a question about income tax, he had to either find a tax consultant or a library that had the latest books on taxation. Now we google.
Everything happened to make our lives better. However, there was also a fundamental shift that silently changed everything.
Fifty years back, in order to chase a dream, one would have to find good resources like good teachers, good books, a good library etc. But now, in order to chase a dream, one would have to restrict himself from distractions to have more focus on the goal. I used to have a thousand Facebook friends and subscription in a hundred WhatsApp groups. Even worse, I had all my social media accounts active in my cell phone so that I could always be informed about what people are eating, which places people are visiting and what they are buying. These were all distractions because none of these were helping me in chasing my dream. A minute spent on social media was a minute not spent on things that I care about.
Most of the time we don’t realize how powerful we have become in last one or two decades. And even if we realize it, sadly, most of the time we use our powers for all wrong reasons.
Abhimanyu Gupta lives in Chesterfield, Missouri with his wife Nilanjana & son Anusurya. His profession is software testing and his passion are music and books. He can be reached via Email, LinkedIn or Facebook.