Many of you are old enough to remember when cell phones became available to the public. These phones were simply phones: you did nothing else with them but make phone calls. They were great as they were. If you needed to make an emergency phone call, you didn't have to search for a pay phone anymore!
Cell phones were expensive, of course. You really had to use them for emergencies, because you only had so many free minutes, and once those minutes were gone, you'd be paying nearly a dollar per minute! So, while cell phones were available, you still had to rely on the ol' fashion landlines.
But slowly, small upgrades happened to these cell phones. One of the earliest upgrades that I could remember was adding text, which was such a pain that you didn't want to text! Plus, texting was an added cost. Among other early upgrades were: colored screens, flip phones, and free nights and weekends.
Eventually, the upgrades became more frequent. Cell phones started to have keyboards to make texting easier, internet access, cameras, and videos. Then GPS came! Whereas before you needed a separate GPS system (or just use a good ol' map), you could simply use your cell phone to get you around.
And of course, touch screen and voice command. No more key buttons.
Today, cell phones have so many upgrades that many people (including me) have ditched the landlines and use their cell phones exclusively. You could use your cell phone as a mini laptop: you could make calls, text, access your internet, get to where you're going, make fax, pay bills, and even make money! Companies such as Uber and Postmates exclusively use cell phone apps so that drivers could make a full-time living. No reporting to bosses. Just turn on the app if you want to work and turn it off if you're done working.
Cell phones have come a mighty long way. Today, it's almost a matter of survival just to have a cell phone on you at all times.
Now, let's think about your life. Have you made as many upgrades to your life as cell phones have made in the past 20 years?
Just imagine if cell phones today were just like cell phones back in the early 90s: big, bulky, expensive, and only being useful for making calls. Eventually, people would have lost interest in cell phones. But because of all the upgrades, people can't live without one!
We need to "evolve" like cell phones. We can't keep living the same ol' life, thinking the same ol' way, and doing things the same ol' way. One of the main reasons that we get old and broken down is because we refuse to make changes.
Do you know why you aren't acting the same way as you did as a child? Because you made upgrades. You became more mature, more learned, and started pursuing more adult things. But once you hit adulthood, then you stop making the upgrades. We start "degrading" because we are no longer interested in making changes.
Imagine your old relatives who still call the operator or check the white pages to find a phone number? Think about your relatives who still thinks that one race is more superior than another. Think about your relatives who have never traveled outside their own city! These folks have refused to make any upgrades to their lives, and as a result, their opportunities in life are limited.
Or think about a company that refuses to take credit cards, or refuses to have a website (which have been around since the early 90s!), or refuse to have an e-mail (which has also been around since the early 90s). Or imagine a company that still relies only for telephone calls as a main way of contact. Or imagine a company that still charges the same high prices for their products while other companies are giving those same products away for free!
There is one country gas station near my grandmother's house in Wendell, North Carolina that has been there since who knows when. I'm guessing that store had to be there at least since the 1950s. Today in 2017, that store is raggedy! Almost zero upgrades. I'm amazed that store is still in business! The gas pumps are probably the same ones that were used in the 1950s. For the longest time, this gas station was charging high gas prices, until a new gas station opened up not too far from them. Then the gas prices started to drop.
Are you like that country store? Are you still living life the same ol' way, doing things the same ol' way, and refusing to make any upgrades?
The older you get, the better you should become. It shouldn't be that your best days were when you were younger. As you get older, you need to constantly make upgrades as there are more opportunities today than there ever have been before.
You wouldn't want to go to a doctor who still practices things as they were done back in the 1940s, would you? You would hope that your doctor is open to learning new things, and reading all the latest research. In the same way, you don't want to be that person who still acts and thinks the same way as you did when you were in high school.
Remember when the internet first became available to the public? We had to use the phone lines (or dial-up) to get a connection...and the connection was SLOW. Then what happened? An upgrade! DSL came out to give internet connection more speed. But it didn't stop there. Cable lines offered faster internet connection. Did it stop there? Nope, because there are newer ways of getting better and faster internet speed. If you are still using dial-up, then you need to seriously upgrade!
The world changes everyday. New discoveries are made. New opportunities happen. Today, it's easier to get information, go to college, get a job, and make your own business. In the same way, you need to be willing to make the necessary upgrades in your life so that you won't be that person calling the operator to find a number or using dial-up internet.
Few things in life need to stay the same. Those are the time-tested values that stood strong in past generations. Those things don't need any upgrades. But the other things in life such as your body, your way of making money, and how to get tasks done need upgrades. Refusing to make upgrades is just making your life unnecessarily difficult.
So, be like a phone and upgrade yourself!
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