As you know, we are good now and really in that
Information Age. It started about 10 years ago. In fact,
many economists say it began in 1989, with the fall
The Berlin Wall (and the beginning of the World Wide Web).
Let’s figure out who will get rich in
The information age, we must first understand how
The information age is different from the industrial age (born
about 1860, died about 1989).
In fact, let’s get a full overview and get back to
In the agrarian age, society was basically divided
into two classes: landowners and people who
worked on the land (serfs). that you are a farmer
there was not much you could do about it:
ownership of the land was transferred through the family and you
you are stuck with the status in which you were born.
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When the industrial age came, everything changed:
it was no longer agriculture that produced the majority
wealth, but production. Suddenly, the land was gone
longer the key to wealth. Factory occupied far less
land than a sheep farm or a wheat farm.
With the industrial age came a new kind of rich man
person: independent businessman. Wealth is no more
it depends on the ownership of the land and the family you were
born in. Business ability and factories were being created
a new class of rich people. But it is still needed
huge capital to build a factory and start a
Then came the World Wide Web (circa 1989) and
globalization. Suddenly, everything changed again.
Factories (or real estate) were no longer needed
run a business. Anyone who has a website can run a
work. Wealth barriers that existed in
The agrarian age and the industrial age were complete
left. People who could never even dream of owning
their own business made millions of them
Of course, the information revolution has not begun
It began in 1444 when Gutenberg invented the printing press
printing in Mainz, Germany.
But the printing house (newspapers, magazines,
paperback) belonged to the industrial age, not
all inclusive packages
The printing press is a one-to-one technology. The
The Internet is a multi-to-many technology. And that was it
what changed in 1989
The industrial age referred to centralization and
control. The information age is about
decentralization and out of control. There is no government and no
the media mogul controls the internet. This is
a key thing to understand about the information age.
As we passed from the agrarian age through
The industrial age in the age of information, it was
the constant breaking down of the barriers that held one part
society rich, and the other part poor.
In the information age, it can become literally anyone
So now that we have a clearer picture of how
The information age is different from the industrial age, come on
ask that question again: ‘Who will become rich in
information age? ‘:
(1) People who are self-taught
To explain this better, let’s go back to Agrar
Age and industrial age, and transmission
In the agrarian age, skills were passed down from the father
son. If you want to learn to be a blacksmith
you must have been the son of a blacksmith. If you wanted
you learn to be a stonemason, you had to be a son a
With the advent of the industrial age, all this
changed. You could go to university and learn anything
skills you wanted. Knowledge was freely available.
But in the information age, skills transfer
is changing again.
Skills necessary for success in the information age
is not learned from our parents (as in
Agrarian age), nor are they taught in schools
and faculties (as in the industrial age). They are children
teaching their parents computer skills. And many of
entrepreneurs founding high-tech internet companies
I was never in college.
Millionaires (and billionaires) of tomorrow
they are unlikely to have a college education. Being
people who dropped out of high school, self-taught people.
(2) People with new ideas.
Again, people are the ones who are able to think from the outside
existing structures in which to enrich
information age. Often it is just a simple idea
which drives people to success in information
Take, for example, Sabhir Bhati – the man who invented it
Hotmail. Bhatia was a computer engineer who worked at
Silicon Valley. He had no previous jobs
But one day, while returning from work, a
a friend called him on his cell phone and said he did
had an idea: What about running a free, web-based
email service? Bhatia knew it was his idea
waiting. He told his friend to hang up immediately
and call him at home on the safe line.
Three years later he sold Hotmail to Microsoft for
$ 400 million.
The third group that will get rich in
The information age is writers.
In the industrial age, writers depended on the great
publishing houses for publishing (remember that
the printing press is an industrial age technology – it is
centralized and controlled). And publishing houses
took the lion’s share of profits.
In the information age, writers are doing their thing
publishing – and retaining most of the profits
myself. Indeed, writers thrive on
Web – mostly through e-books and Ezine articles.
But even if you don’t write e-books or articles in Ezine,
if you own a website, you are a writer.
Because the internet is basically a written medium. That
favors writers, people who are able to communicate
effectively through the written word. Remember, it is
don’t sell graphics on your website, but
the words you use.
In the information age, we are all writers!