On January 24, 25 and 26, I had the opportunity to attend my second Abundance 360 event. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Abundance community, it is led by Peter Diamandis, an amazing entrepreneur who has identified his goal to transform and improve the world. Peter's first book, “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think,” written with Steven Kotler, was an immediate insight into a world of abundance that is approaching. His second book, “BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World,” which was recently released, has changed the game for entrepreneurs from simple business owners to world transformers. Peter also has a great blog, which I recommend you sign up for just to be aware of what's going on in the world around you.
In the three‑day conference, we were exposed to the amazing advancements of artificial intelligence, robotics, returns, sensors, augmented reality, material successes, and the impact of each on medical advancement. The fundamental element of the future of entrepreneurialism centers around the six D’s of exponential growth. First among those is to digitize. That is, to put into technology what is capable of being delegated to it. Second is the deceptive stage, where things are happening and no one is aware, but they are happening nonetheless. Third is the disruptive stage, when people begin to become aware of what has been digitized and has been unknown, and it begins to disrupt the way we look at what we do. Uber is a perfect example of something that was digitized, deceptive, and has become disruptive. The final three D's relate to dematerialization; that is, to eliminate the necessity of materialism – for example, how a cellphone has eliminated the need for flashlights, cameras, recording devices, calculators, and myriad other elements we typically relied on in the past. The fifth D is to demonetize. That is, to take the cost out of the technology, as we have seen with the cost of computers, cellphones and the like that have come down dramatically since they were first introduced. And the final D is democratization, to ensure availability globally as easy as locally.
Entrepreneurs of Abundance are now working under these core concepts, so they are no longer just ideas. There are myriad entrepreneurs who have focused their future vision on transforming the world, not just their local marketplace. These are what Dan Sullivan, of Strategic Coach, has called game changers. I encourage you to click on this video to watch the Emmy Award-winning short film on Peter Diamandis (but hurry because they are offering a Free Online Pre-Screening that will expire February 20th). It will cause you to identify a new world of abundance that may be deceptive to you currently, but just getting in the conversations will help you find your place within it.
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David J. Zumpano, Co-Founder, Lawyers With Purpose