Ah, the good old days!
None of those organizations are particularly notable now, but each had an exciting, golden age that fans love to look back on.
People like looking back in general. It starts with the words, “remember when”.
For example, a lot of people in my industry say insurance used to be easier. It was easier to do business, there were more deals to be had, all of it seemed simpler. Now, low-interest rates are stressing the carriers and everybody is scrambling to keep up with tech.
To an extent, all that is true. The insurance business has changed—a lot of industries have. The Buffalo Bills went to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990’s, but hadn’t even made the playoffs for 17 years, until this past season. Sometimes the past really was more successful than what we have at the moment. In other cases, the past was just different. It can be hard to tell. Memory can have such a rosy glow.
The question is, what are we going to do now, in the present?
We can talk about the good old days and learn from them. But if we spend all our time only rehashing old memories, other people will pass us by because they have their eyes on the road ahead and we don’t.
The reality is that as industries change, some opportunities fade away and others come to the front. Social media basically didn’t exist fifteen years ago, and now we have marketing and networking tools they could only dream about back in the old days.
So you did well a decade ago. Good for you. But that doesn’t limit you, and it doesn’t prop you up, either. The important question is what are you working on now?
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