20 Years ago things were different
ebay, amazon, priceline, google, travelocity, yahoo, facebook, twitter, linkedin, youtube, pinterest, paypal, craigslist, were yet to be born with most of the rest of the net. But now, 20 years later they are the backbone of not only the Internet, but far, far beyond.
Just 20 years ago NONE of these folks existed yet today they lead the parade into the future.
Apple, Dell, IBM, Microsoft and many others from the mainstream were all there. They still are. Some have lost a bit of their luster over the years. Some have more luster today then back then.
1995 was the start. So really only 18 years. But that is why we are in the gravitational pull of this new era. You can benchmark it now. You can look back now. And when you look back, it should get you to look forward as well.
Think about that when you own a domain name, they offered it to 7 billion other people and they all passed. You saw something others did not. And that something had a monetary value. Do you go out and enjoy for $100 or do you "Waste" it on something you see that few others do?
Do you see that SKYLINE forming above? It's a virtual skyline. ebay, amazon, priceline, google, travelocity, yahoo, facebook, twitter, linkedin, youtube, pinterest, paypal, craigslist, etc, etc. etc. It's the NEW Times Square.
It's a hard thing to see until you are 20 years out and look back. Now conclusions can be drawn. Long term plans can be made. A roadmap is in place and the Internet is no longer a threat. It is the lifeline. The heartbeat of all business. Of all commerce. It is much more understandable than 20 years ago and the days of CompuServe and dead ends.
The Internet was something business tried to kill. How stupid was that?? It was a threat. Facebook was a threat. The Internet threatened broadcast TV to the core. Beat them or join them. They spent years trying to defeat them before they joined them. Now they are desperate to use the net. It is the thing their futures are built around and depends on.
I have sat here and observed all the antics. Been entertaining but also very sad to watch so many fail without understanding why.
What should happen overnight, generally takes 20 years. That is why you hear the phrase "An overnight success after 20 years". Circulation takes a long time. If you are not prepared for that long journey, then you will have a lifetime of disappointments simply because of timing. Timing is key. Key to nearly every sport. Key to all things. Key to life itself.