Who is the driver of change ?
It’s the dream behind every technology that speaks than the technology per se.
The invention of touchscreen phones follows the vision of creating a product that is user-friendly and easily accessible to the customer.
More than iPhones, the dream that brought them alive is what makes Apple a legend brand.
How iPhone changed the world ?
How did a ‘revolting idea’ made iPhone a King in the touchscreen arena ?
Even though Apple didn’t invent the touch screen it made it cool.
It approached a start-up called Fingerworks in 2005 to acquire their touch-screen knowledge expertise along with their own. The focus was on creating a completely new way to interact with the mobile device.
What happens when a buyer flips through songs or clicks on hyperlinks ? How would he feel while he zooms in and out of photographs with his fingers ?
An illusion of real-world manipulation of data with fingers has to be created. This was Apple’s biggest accomplishment in designing the next generation phone.
Dreams are living things
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, one of the largest e-commerce companies in the world, says that it’s indeed the dreams behind that technology that changes the world.
Technology is just a medium through which dreams of progressive change get realised.
He acknowledged at a technology trade fair that he wouldn’t have been a successful rich man as he is today, if technology alone was the defining factor.
He nurtures a dream of wanting to help small businesses. He can see data playing a crucial role in businesses and economy in the future. In a data-driven world,
Businesses will be C2B (consumer-to-business) and not B2C. The enormous amount of data poses a challenge to the manufacturers to make customised things or they will face difficulties.
He also said that machines shouldn’t only make a product but also must be able to talk to one another. These machines would be supported by data. Standardisation won’t be the focus in business. The focus will shift to flexibility, customisation and user-friendliness.
Jack Ma proves that to be a technological entrepreneur, you need to be only an enthusiast with a lucid dream to change the world. When he started, he had only little know-how about internet and computers.
Keeping things in perspective
Don’t shy away from what appears hard now as you can foresee and experience an easy life in the future.
When times are tough, we often blow our problems out of proportion, hence losing a grip on reality. When we allow our problems to get the better of us by making them seem bigger than us, we grow fearful. We become paralyzed from making decisions or making changes that help improve our situation.
Fear often stops you from doing what is ought to be done. Acknowledge your insecurities and deal with them. Always pay attention to what you can do now even if it involves doing a small task. Concentrate on doing just the next thing no matter how trivial it seems. Small actions lead to where you want to be someday.