NOT Your Regular Resource Page…

This resource page will probably be different to any that you have previously seen. As we discover interesting places on the web, we will add them here. In many ways we are leaving the era of academia, and entering a new era of technology and problem solving.

The current educational system was created for the industrial age, Industry needed good workers that were disciplined and could follow strict rules and orders obediently. Whilst some of the disciplinary procedures such as corporate punishment have been abandoned, other seeming pointless practices remain.

How many people rely on memorized facts in their work life when search engines are at everyone’s fingertips, or in their pockets?

How many people will need to spend 2 or 3 hours in exam conditions, without being able to look anything up, or ask help from anyone?

Leadership is an overused word, and is often misused. We like this definition.

Jobs of the future…

Will be either done by robots, or creative people. We believe that AI will never overtake us completely, when it does, it might bring with it the answers to the universe. Perhaps the secrets of teleportation or light-speed journeys to other galaxies searching for inhabitable planets? Perhaps we will embrace the singularity and find the meaning of life?

Between that time, and present day, there are going to be some rough patches for many of us. The best way to survive will be to learn new skills, or to embrace new industries.

We think that there will always be opportunity in art, music, sport and entertainment. We can imagine robots performing surgery, or serving us food at restaurants – but would we go to watch them perform an new song? Would we want to face them on the football field? Perhaps not.

So, without further ado…

Here is a list of resources, ideas and career suggestions that we have come across on the web:

Music

How many people gave up their dreams of artistry to pursue an academic course? How many people listened to their parents or teachers and followed the sensible path? What might have happened…

Why don’t you find out by taking music lessons and pick up from where you left off? If you visit the Stars&Catz website you can find a music teacher near you. There are 4 location based ones: UK & Ireland, Australia, USA and Canada.

Performance Consulting

Most industries have inefficiencies in their processes, and lots of them. Sometimes being part of the problem, prevents us from solving it – or even seeing it! Did you know that you can be a performance consultant? You can create cost savings and efficiency that can be scaled. You can get paid based on value provided more than for hours worked.

If you are building a widget, how fast can you go? What can you produce in a day or week? If you identify places where hours, days or weeks can be saved, for whole work forces, you can save companies millions! Here is an example in the oil and gas industry, and one in more varied industrial applications.

Podcasting

Podcasting has gone from a cult/underground movement, to a medium that is even more effective that writing books! Hard to believe? Well, it takes a year or two to get a traditional book published. Even the self publishing route can be an ordeal.

You can reach the same number of people through podcasts. You can record a podcast and publish it right away. Don’t feel that you are enough of an expert? You can interview experts like John Lee Dumas or James Altucher!

Get involved in the ‘on demand’ economy

Uber and AirBnB¬†are 2 of the most disruptive and fast expanding companies of the past couple of decades. They’re following a similar trajectory to even the mighty Amazon, Google and Microsoft. We think that it’s no coincidence that they are both involved in on-demand commerce.

A convergence of social and economic factors make their business offering irresistible. The price of cars, or high hotels combined with tighter household and company budgets make these services huge winners on price, quality and convenience.

If you’ve heard the old adage “we can make it fast, cheap and high quality, but not all three – pick two” you’ll appreciate the goods and services that break that rule.

‘Uber for…’ is a business model that will grow over time. If you’re the next Uber for… anything new you could create a huge impact. No need to think about a whole industry. you can find a section of an existing one and solve a problem.

For example, office spaces are not a new business idea. Who wants to pay a one year deposit of sign a twelve month lease? Not in this economy. At the same time there are buildings or existing businesses with low occupancy.

From Singapore to New York we’re seeing new on demand, flexible office space solutions. From individual co-working solutions, to whole office floors by the month, week or hour, these ideas make complete sense.

Follow Online Shopping Trends

Many, if not most of the most successful business people in history followed trends and rode on the coat tails of other peoples success. Can you amass millions by making the next Facebook or Luxury Hotel brand? The odds are massively against it. During the gold rush of California, many of the richest people supplied tools and equipment to the frenzied prospectors. You don’t need to strike gold personally, you just need to be in the right ecosystem.

A modern day example of a gold rush is surely selling on Amazon either as an affiliate, or through their fulfillment program. If you create your own product and website, there’s a chance that you can get some attention, but you’re up against Ebay, Walmart and everyone else. Amazon will allow you to leverage their success. Did you know that more people search on Amazon, than on Google for online purchases?

Amazon shows no sign of slowing down. One way to capitalize on this is to create helpful review and guide websites, then simple send the traffic to Amazon. They do all the shipping, packing, posting and other fulfillment, and then send you a monthly royalty check.

An example of one of these new wave entrepreneurs is Dan Chabert. Instead of trying to decide what to sell online, he has created a process of serial online success stories. His websites range from health to DIY. As an active, health conscious individual, every time he buys a product, he’ll photograph it, and write an article about it with a link to Amazon! Practical and honest reviews, a job, a way of life. Here’s what Dan told us:

I have a honed process and system where I identify products and niches that I’m passionate about. Then I research hard, because I’m buying this stuff for myself. Writing about my experiences and then publishing gives me a buzz. I’ve been doing this for years now and have a portfolio of websites. Every smart consumer should research and purchase carefully. the difference for me is that I publish my diary, and make a decent living too.

Dan finds that in depth guides work best, with step by step instructions, lists of materials or ingredients, and cost breakdowns. Really, the equivalent of half a days internet research, all on one page. Here’s a perfect example of a guide for basement remodeling.

Right now Amazon is hot, if it ever gets too crowded, there will be another alternative ecosystem where there will be a cash cow to milk, while living on your own terms.

 

This list will grow over time as we get inspired around the web…