When I was in third grade, I watched The Jetsons every morning before school. My grade school was three blocks from my house, and as soon as the last scene finished, I would run to my classroom. I made it 99.99% of the time. I have always said, we will live like The Jetsons one day. It has certainly come true, the microwave and Apple’s FaceTime came years after Jane blew up George’s dinner in the “microwave” and put a “mask” over her face before answering the “telephone.”
Technology connects the generations, allows us to communicate with anyone at any time, creates flexibility, and changes the world. However, I am definitely a late adopter. I held onto my PalmPilot until the very last second, I still call my Droid a BlackBerry, and I am just now ready to give up my physical keyboard and move to the iPhone with its full touchscreen. I just went on Facebook last week, and I honestly still do not understand how the telephone works.
As Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, writes in LeanIn, “We are a new generation and we need a new approach.” Thank you Sheryl; Marissa Mayer (Yahoo! CEO); Randi Zuckerberg (author of Dot Complicated and Dot); Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google founders); Bill Gates and Paul Allen (Microsoft founders); Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Wozniak (Apple founders); Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, and Chris Hughes (Facebook founders); and Jack Dorsey, Ev Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass (Twitter founders), for being the leaders in changing our world as we know it. And thanks for not having me totally throw away my home phone….well, not yet.
Be a leader, move to action today and add one more piece of technology to your life.