Can’t change the game? Change the players.

Playing a game as kids there is always someone who would bend the rules, make up new rules, or re-create the game on the spot if it benefited them. Man, did you hate that or what!? Unless, that was you ruining the ability to play fair for the rest of us.

We were always told – you can’t do that! We hated on them and we called unfair or conspiracy, depending on how many people were trying to change the rules.

Now, here we are, all grown up and those that have figured out how to change the rules of the game to benefit them are the winners. As an entrepreneur, if you can change the way the game is played – kudos to you- do it. Google, Facebook, online magazines, Tivo, Apple, netflix, etc. have changed the rules in their industry. In one way or another they are making the world play their game. And just like when we were kids – the people that hate you for it feel like you are making them lose and those that benefit love your influence.

But, what about most of us?  Are we game changers?  I hope so, we try to be. But, often we don’t get to change the rules. We have to play the game by whomever is changing the rules.

So, we will have to pick one of 2 options:

  1. Take our ball and go home= you will no longer be playing the game, or refusing to play the game will often get your boss to send you home as well if the marketplace doesn’t send you home first.
  2. Realize if you can’t change the game- change the players. Starting with you.

    In today’s marketplace the rules are changing everyday.

Are you going to take your ball and go home or worse get sent home?
Or are you going to change the players starting with you?

If you think your industry isn’t changing- beware you are probably inches away from being sent home.

If you can’t change the game – change the players.

Changing players in every industry everyday,

Jon Bohm

Date posted: July 27, 2010 | Author: Jon Bohm | No Comments »

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