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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Do you Remember 1996? OJ, linken Park, Nintendo 64, Bill Clinton....

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Consider this:
Remember 1996. Let me refresh you. That was when the Atlanta Olympics were on. Linken Park were band of the year, OJ Simpson’s first trial, Nintendo 64 released, and Bill Clinton was elected president.

I don’t know about you but that doesn’t seem too long ago.

In 1996 there were less than 20 million people online. Today there are well in excess of a Billion! It is estimated that more than one in five people on the planet is connected. The landscape has changed utterly, and you know what? It’s virtually untapped. It’s like the dawn of the industrial revolution. We’re just stumbling around in the dark trying to figure out what’s happening. 

There has never been a more exciting time for your average person to embrace entrepreneurship. 

The internet has dissolved all the boundaries and obstacles that previously stopped ambition in its tracks.

In the offline world you need a kings ransom to create any reasonable traditional business or franchise. Stock, premises, staff, shipping, accounting, human resources, stationary, signage, and a marketing and advertising budget that would bring tears to your eyes. And all for what?  80 hour weeks, stress, and a scary statistical probability of losing your shirt. Excited?

Sure online business opportunities do not represent a free lunch. There’s no secret formula that allows you to plug in, do nothing and make your fortune. But what you can do is plug into an unbelievable reservoir of mostly free resources, invest some time and energy and a relatively small financial outlay and create an empire, with little risk.

Despite this, most people will sleep walk through this historical period of unlimited opportunity only to awake years later and wonder what happened! hype?

The message is this. Tap in fast. Get involved and evolve with the technology. Those that embrace the medium will attain successes that previous generations could only dream about. For one simple reason. It’s called Leverage. The ability to leverage other peoples’ skills and resources is absolutely phenomenal.


  1. Hi Kiaran,

    it's good to be old enough to remember "those times", isn't it ? I love this article because it helped me to realize - realize again - that we live in an age pf priceless opportunities. In addition to that, it is an amazingly well written post.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Take care


  2. You are so right on this, Kiaran!

    We are absolutely at the front of this wave of technology and I feel so blessed to be able to leverage the momentum in my business.

    Anyone who is hesitant to get their business online should really read this post!


  3. Opportunity and leverage... Those two words are so incredibly powerful!

    Not to everyone, of course. The trick of the business is to find those who think so too.

    Thanks, Kiaran!

    Ana Hoffman

  4. Hi Kiaran,

    Yes the mind boggles really and sometimes perhaps this is the challenge.

    One is so overwhelmed by the enormity of it all that one neglects to focus on maximizing the strategic opportunities that present themselves. Thanks for the reminder that we are very fortunate to be doing business in this age.


  5. Hi Kiaran,

    This is the time and place, you're right.

    The opportunity is incredible, and learning to leverage it is powerful.

    I agree with all that you said here. Great post!


  6. Great perspective Kiaran,

    It's interesting to think of the changes that have happened in the light of changes still to come. I agree with you the only option is to get involved and evolve with it.

    As Ken Kesey once said, "You're either on the bus, or you're off the bus". And if you see it for what it is, there's really no choice.

    Thanks! really enjoyed that post!

  7. Hey Kiaran,

    I remember this year very well. I can't believe the time has passed by so fast.

    I can't help but notice what you said about leverage and the opportunity that lies there for just about anyone.

    This is one area I see people not aware of. It truly can make a difference if more people embraced that.

    Thanks again for a killer post.
    Jerome Ratliff

  8. Hello Kiaran

    I always enjoy reading your posts.

    Do I remember 1996?

    Like it was yesterday :)

    Let's see, no Google, no Ebay, no WordPress, but there was Amazon online.

    In 1996 reciprocal links and banner advertising were king.

    And finally, back in 1996 I had more hair :)

  9. Hi Kiaran,

    What an awesome post! Yes, grab the opportunity now and the ability to leverage is very powerful.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    All the best,
    Mavis Nong

  10. Hey Kiaran,

    Anyone who leverages their business online is going to put themselves in a position to win. Those that don't are going to wonder what happened?

    Chat with you later...

  11. Hey Kiaran,

    Great post, it is amazing how things have advanced in such a short time and this new age that we are in now even though there is a recession is the best opportunity for people to take hold of network marketing and make their dreams come true.

    Enjoyed it.


  12. Hi Kiaran,

    Absolutely! There has never been a better time to be "all you can be" and wherever you want to be it.

    As the great J. Paul Getty said:

    "I'd rather have 1% of the efforts of 100 men than 100% of my own effort."

    Great post!