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3 Industries Permanently Changed by Disruptive Technology

3 Industries Permanently Changed by Disruptive Technology

Since the dawn of civilization, technological advances have transformed society in unimaginable ways. Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter was one of the first scholars to discuss the role of disruptive technology in depth. In the 1940s, he coined the term “creative disruption”, which refers to the jarring changes technology has on industries and consumer lifestyles.

During the industrial revolution, creative disruption took place on a scale never seen before in human history. New technology allowed manufacturers to boost production and create new products people could never have dreamed of a couple decades earlier. While these changes were welcomed by consumers, they were a bane to many professionals that soon found themselves out of work. Talented artisans were quickly replaced by assembly lines of people with fewer skills.

In the late 1990s, a second industrial revolution gripped our world. Computer technology created new jobs, while making others obsolete. Computers also changed the nature of existing jobs, because many tasks were replaced by computers. They have also permanently changed the way people interact with each other. Here are 3 industries that have been disrupted by digital technology.

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Financial

The financial industry has been heavily disrupted by new technology. According to a report from PwC, massive changes are expected through 2020 and beyond. PwC find that the driving forces of disruptive technology have accelerated since the end of the global financial crisis.

The post-crisis regulatory frameworks have been gradually settling into place, and financial institutions have been adjusting their business models accordingly. It is now becoming obvious that the accelerating pace of technological change is the most creative force—and also, the most destructive one—in the financial services ecosystem today.

Bank of America and Charles Schwab have been around for centuries. Digital technology has been a double edged sword for brick-and-mortar banks. They use computers to offer timelier service, reduce staffing needs, and improve actuarial processes. On the other hand, digital technology has created new competitors that have taken on the world’s largest banks. Disruptors like Paypal and Stripe earning market share of the payment processing industry.

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Startups like Betterment are rapidly gaining market share from millennials that shun traditional financial institutions in their quest to find more affordable service and streamline their approach to investing. Betterment currently manages over $5 billion, so clearly disrupting traditional wealth management powerhouses.

Healthcare

The healthcare industry is growing at unprecedented pace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare jobs are expected to grow at an annualized rate of 26% by 2022. Growth in the healthcare industry is largely attributed to digital technology. Many disruptive companies offer more direct and automated solutions to help customers reach their healthcare goals. Consumers no longer need to rely on physical trainers or fitness coaches, because they receive similar benefits from wearable devices like Fitbit, which track everything from sleep patterns to daily movements. They also use apps like MyFitnessPal’s Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker to monitor calorie intakes.

Even pets have benefited from healthcare technology TopDogDinners and other pet food companies have developed custom dog food that is tailored a dog’s individual nutritional needs.

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Pet owners can provide relevant information such as their dog’s breed, weight, age, activity to get customized nutritional advice for their dog. Using simple, natural ingredients and complex computer science, TopDogDinners proves that the trend of technology, as a means to improve health, is only just getting started.

Travel

The travel agent is a thing of the past. Companies like Expedia aggregate data on thousands of flights and hotels from around the web to give the consumer the best deal for the next trip. Even disruptive travel companies like Expedia are being disrupted by new adapter like Airbnb. Instead of booking a stay at an expensive hotel, you can work directly with the owner to reserve an entire house or apartment.

Companies like Uber are disrupting the taxi industry. Consumers can get cheaper, higher quality service with their smartphone apps.

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Consumers have always reaped the rewards of disruptive technology, techniques, and companies who promise to bring products and services faster, cheaper, and with greater efficiency. We should forget that there’s another side to this coin and that is: the worker. As one industry become obsolete so does someone’s job; but with one job lost another is gained. The artisan who got replaced during the industrial revolution would still be needed to make the cast iron mold that shape the future.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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