Today, the means of production = a laptop computer with Internet connectivity ….
This change is a fundamental shift in power and control. When you can master the communication, conceptual, and connectivity elements of the new work, then you have more power than management does. And if management attracts, motivates, and retains great talent, then it has more leverage than the competition.
It starts wtih bloggers, musicians, writers and others who don’t need anyone’s support or permission to do their thing.
Mediocrity and the Web
Hugh MacLeod: “The web has made kicking ass easier to achieve, and mediocrity harder to sustain. Mediocrity now howls in protest.”
Mediocre is merely a failed attempt to be really good.
The Hierarchy of Value
Lift ->Hunt ->Grow ->Produce ->Sell ->Connect ->Create/invent
Lots of people can lift. That’s not paying off anything.
There are always more people at the bottom of the stairs, doing hard work that is easy to learn. As you travel up the hierarchy, the work gets easier, the pay gets better, and the
number of people available to do the work gets smaller… Almost no one puts in the work to
create or invent.