Are you like the Lionfish? …

Are you like the Lionfish? …

or do you need to become like the Lionfish? 

What the last 3 decades have meant to Home Business, as it compares to the spread of the lionfish. 

About three decades ago, a seemingly small and insignificant event took place that has catapulted the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard of the United States into such a catastrophic change that it will probably never revert to its’ former state. 

Somehow (and there are several theories of how, which do not really matter at this point)…the lionfish, was introduced into the Caribbean.

Many know this species as a beautiful tank fish, sought after for its’ beauty and uniqueness.  Others call it a disaster. 

The lionfish is a species of fish originally native to the Indo-Pacific region of the oceanic world.  And the lionfish has proven to be a highly adaptable species. 

The key here is that this species is highly adaptable.  Conditions were optimal.  The species liked what it found…and stayed…and thrived… and spread. 

From the initial discovery of the species off the point of Florida, their habitat is now found throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, and up the Atlantic coast of the United States at least as far north as Rhode Island. 

And its’ entry into the commercial environment of these areas is having, and will continue to have, a lasting and profound impact for years to come.  

From the native fisherman in the Gulf region or the Caribbean feeding his family or selling at the market, to the commercial fisheries, to the sport fisherman, this species has introduced and will continue to cause, what some say is, irreversible change. 

So HOW (you ask) does this impact you and me?  

And how in the world do we compare to it? 

Thirty years ago was the beginning of the age of Generation X coming into their prime.   Born in the span from the early 60’s to the early 80’s, they were bursting onto the job scene with energy and motivation.  

And they were followed by the Millennials, “who are adapting quickly to a world undergoing rapid technological change. They’re optimistic, they’re confident and they’re pragmatic at a time when it can be difficult just to get by…” .[1] 

These are the post Baby Boomer eras…(the era when young people  just entering the job market,  expected to find a “good” job, work for the same company for 30 or 40 years, and retire to enjoy life to the fullest).  

Gen-Xers, are statistically among the most highly educated of current generations, embraced social diversity, and grabbed ahold of emerging technologies with a vengeance. 

They were, and are, highly adaptable to this “new” environment in which they found themselves. 

“In the preface to Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion, a collection of global essays, Professor Christine Henseler summarizes it as “a generation whose worldview is based on change, …, a generation in search of human dignity and individual freedom, the need for stability, love, tolerance, and human rights for all”.[2] 

They are often called the MTV Generation. 

 “According to authors Michael Hais and Morley Winograd, “small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit that Gen Xers embody have become one of the most popular institutions in America. There’s been a recent shift in consumer behavior and Gen Xers will join the “idealist generation” in encouraging the celebration of individual effort and business risk-taking. As a result, Xers will spark a renaissance of entrepreneurship in economic life, even as overall confidence in economic institutions declines. Customers, and their needs and wants (including Millennials) will become the North Star for an entire new generation of entrepreneurs”.[3] 

Talk about highly adaptable… 

The Gen Xers, and then the Millennials following on their heels, are at the heart and soul of the rapid and escalating changes we’ve seen in business and technology in the past three decades. 

And this pace will only continue to increase. 

We’ve seen new business models rise, thrive, and become obsolete in a span as short as five years or less.  Electronic technology becomes “old and outdated” in as few as six months to be replaced by the smarter, faster technology. 

This environment is ideally suited to the Home Business arena and is the hotbed from which new business models will continue to proliferate in the hands of these technology-driven generations. 

And we only expect this pace to continue to increase. 

So again, I ask… Are you like the Lionfish? … or do you need to become like the Lionfish? 

Until we speak again…Dare to Dream Big! 

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[1] Millennials: The Next Greatest Generation?You might think they’re entitled, lazy and over-confident. You’d be right—but you’d also be wrong  By Josh Sanburn @joshsanburnMay 09, 2013

[2] Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion, Christine Henseler, Ed.; Routledge, August 2012

[3] Morley Winograd; Michael Hais (2012). “Why Generation X is Sparking a Renaissance in Entrepreneurship”. Retrieved 22 April 2013.