Today I choose to get educated.
This week at The Prosperity Project Journey of 1,000 steps— I am faced with a difficult task of choosing which business owners we will support and share with our community over the coming years.
Although the task is thrilling and something I am in a position of privilege to be able to offer, it carries with it an enormous weight to make sure the companies we are choosing align with our core values and the future direction for the project.
Unlike start up companies who are in business for the short term to “flip” and make money, The Prosperity Project was created with a 50 year timeline!!
So making decisions today, that are going to pose ramifications in an uncertain world tomorrow, the next day and fifty years after that….is no easy feat!
In saying that, as I mentioned above, I am blessed to be in a position of privilege to be able to have the freedom to make these choices and not have it done on my behalf, and I want to share with the community today, that it’s not just me who is in this position…YOU are in this same position too.
Every time you open your mouth or your wallet and support another business owner— whether that is through a product you purchase, a service you recommend, an app for download, or a month- to- month subscription payment, you are taking a piece of your own personal power and are giving it to another company in order to help theirs grow.
During a time of economic crisis– now more than ever– the support (or non-support) you choose to give to business owners and the products and services you recommend can have very real ramifications on which business thrives, which survives and which one withers and dies.
If you are educated about the values driving your decisions, the future you envision for yourself, your family, the environment and the greater world at large– then it is a lot easier to make a conscious choice, though as Uncle Ben from Spiderman would say:
“With great power comes great responsibility”Uncle Ben¬ Spiderman
For the rest of The Journey of 1,000 Steps I will be sharing a variety of songs, apps, software and books that I personally use in my every day life to help me with my current 1,000 step challenge.
Some of these apps or companies collect HUGE amounts of data.
The same as facebook and instagram collect HUGE amounts of data
And google collects huge amounts of data.
And Amazon collects huge amounts of data.
And Apple collects huge amoutns of data.
And for a long time, I have shied away from using social media and technology to it’s full extent, because I am aware of the transaction which is occurring.
For me to get access to these products to make my life better, means I am trading something of a much higher currency– my privacy and freedom where my every move is tracked, measured and scrutinised.
It was a big decision to put The Prosperity Project- Journey of 1,000 Steps on public social media channels, AND choose to allow someone other than myself or Amanda to engage on my behalf with social media.
I know the full extent of the dangers of using social media.
I know that every click, like, comment and share is tracked, stored, analyzed and held in storage file to make a vast data profile on unsuspecting innocents for many years and untold ramifications to come, but unfortunately it’s not just social media which is collecting and storing data.
It’s apps from the google play store.
It’s apps from the apple store.
It’s from big companies and it’s from small companies, as the world tries to grab as much data as humanly possible before these laws change and people become aware of what is really going on.
I was going to choose to share some links in this article, but ultimately couldn’t find anything suitable and so instead I am leaving it blank, for you to investigate on your own.
The key message for this post I ask you to take away though is this:
Right now as a consumer, as an individual and possibly a business owner, you have an enormous amount of power at your disposal with every choice you are making.
As the world sits on a tipping point of freedom, privacy and data collection, and making money or rebuilding communities in times of crisis– I ask you to remember this.
Before you blindly support another company or business because they are the “cheapest” or “the fastest” or “will make you the most money” consider the power you are giving to this company and how your money and support is taking it away from a local business owner instead.
Sometimes we can’t escape data collection, or supporting mass-produced or even products and services from overseas– especially when governments are choosing what shops open and what shops close… or when Australian software companies have crazy government controls which make building a software company in Australia more of a liability than an asset.
Our core values aren’t here to judge us.
They are here to help support us in difficult times as we make dissicult decisions.
Let’s make a conscious choice to use the power we wield wisely, buy getting as educated as we can with how our actions both online and offline are impacting our world in more ways than we realise.