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Are you addicted to success?

Encyclopædia Britannica
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In the beginning there was:

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica –>Wikipedia
  • AOL –> Facebook
  • Alta Vista –>Google
  • Ford –>Toyota
  • Kodak –> Flickr

See what I am getting at?

Once upon a time, there was a behemoth at the top of the rankings in every category. It may have take 5 years or 50 – but eventually they were dethroned by an upstart. Andy Grove (ex-Intel Chairman) was right – be paranoid. What can we learn from this?

Success is a drug and addiction is all but guaranteed.

Are you successful? Are you addicted? Are you like the frog that is thrown in a pot of water, and as the water gets warmer, simply adapts instead of making the jump – until it’s too late and you go pop when the water reaches boiling point?

Which companies are currently in ‘hot’ water because they have been successful for so long?

Here are my predictions (of the non-obvious ones) for the next decade:

  • Yahoo
  • Mitsubishi
  • Microsoft
  • Dell
  • Apple
  • Google

Can you add to the list?

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4 thoughts on “Are you addicted to success?

  1. I agree with a lot of them in the list above…. however i do wonder if it will ever become more business to business related i mean business to business is still run the same way it has been for many years.. i wonder if this will start to be revoulutionised in years to come?


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