The gap is widening. Which will you be?

We are standing on the precipice of 2012. Still at the beginning of one of the greatest periods of opportunity ever in human history. While there has always been opportunity, the sea of changes we’ve experienced over the past few years have unearthed possibilities unlike anything ever seen before — particularly for the budding entrepreneur.

As Industrial Age corporate structures and monolithic systems begin to crumble, those who once maintained unquestioned power have been dethroned, and everything — I mean, everything — is up for grabs.

This, combined with recent technological innovations, has changed the game forever. Today, we are all wired directly to each other. No one has exclusive access to markets or distribution channels.

Your local community is no longer  your only marketplace — the entire world is, instantly, 24/7. The world has been made flat, and so has the playing field of opportunity.

Fifty years from now your children and children’s children will look back with envy — wishing they were you, right here, right now, in 2012, when  this new frontier was still unclaimed.

But be forewarned. This newly leveled playing field also brings unrivaled competition — not just from the business down the street or members of your local chamber of commerce. Your new competition is  in every neighborhood, every chamber of commerce, every main street in the world… and every basement or bedroom occupied by a teenager with a laptop.

As we experience this duality of unparalleled opportunity and voracious competition, the gap will continue to widen between the haves and have-nots. This gap will not be caused by disparities in education, entitlements, wealth or class. It will be a skills gap.

Staying competitive in the 21st century will be directly related to your ability to adapt, grow and continually improve your skills. Now more than ever, a ceaseless commitment to your personal development will be your greatest asset in staying relevant and distinguishing you from the competition.

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