Cut off denim shorts, telephone booths, and toaster ovens. We don’t see as many of these today as we once did. We could add many other things to this list such as, 8-track tapes, cassettes, big corrective eye glass lenses, vinyl records, fanny packs, typewriters, cameras with film, brief cases, and wooden clog shoes.
Most of these items were once wildly popular, now they are almost completely extinct. It may be a sign, a course of reckoning, and evidence of social and economic change.
Social media experts look for discussions that are trending, YouTube wants viral videos, and Instagram wants you to capture and share your photographic moments. None of these are permanent.
There may be a lesson here. The lesson is that no one person, thing, or feeling will stay on top. The limelight is reserved what’s new, different, changed, less expensive, more expensive, fast, slow, easy, or hard. Popular will never be permanent.
Your best chance for continued success is not to grow and stabilize, it is to pivot, trend, and start over.
Dennis Gilbert is a keynote speaker, corporate trainer, and consultant that specializes in helping businesses accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. Reach him through his website at http://DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.
Photo Credit: kc7fys on Flickr, The Classic “Dyno-mite” 8 Track Player