Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford and the likes of them made their fortunes without a Blackberry or even snail mail.
Check if Warren Buffet owns a BB!
Once upon a time, (yes, I am OLD!), it used to take more than two months for a letter or ‘aerogram’ -ever heard of them? – to reach Pakistan from the USA. And yet, life went on. People made money, created wonders and spent a very happy life. Not that all of that is not true today.
I see people in meetings – even at dinners with friends! – with their eyes glued to their BBs and cell phones and doing what they do best – keep in touch, answer emails, reply to BBMs.
Some say, ‘I’d rather talk to my friends on my BB than on the phone!’ Now this is something strange, at least for me!
Some even say that they HAVE to reply to their emails within ‘minutes’ or their ‘jobs are at stake’. Well, anyone who hires you BECAUSE of your ability to REPLY to your emails QUICKLY, then you have to rethink what you do for a living!
See if you want to test this. What if you had an emergency and couldn’t even look at your BB for an hour or so? What is the worst case scenario?
I wont get into any pros and cons of using or not using a cellphone/pda/BB or simply ‘lifeline’.
But, just something that I notice all around me – people in front of you, who you can see and touch are more important than the ones on your BBs far away – I know sometimes you are ‘chatting’ with people who you could easily talk to by looking up or just picking up the phone. But, alas..We LOVE to do this…. Don’t we?
I understand its difficult not to reply to someone on your BBM even if you are sitting in front of a friend you met a after ages, or visiting an elder relative or simply spending ‘quality time’ (yeah rite!) with your family.
But then….the choice is yours.
Be here, NOW.
Be happy, NOW.
Dare to dream.
Have a remarkable life!