Is your Qwerty holding you back?
By: Dan Miller

Do you know what QWERTY is? Unsure - then just
glance down at your computer key-board. The first
six letters at the top left of your keyboard spell it
out - QWERTY. Well, did you know that this
arrangement of letters was arranged that way to
make the job of typing more difficult? The first
commercial typewriter was developed by Christopher
Latham Sholes in 1873. Originally, the keys were
arranged alphabetically. However, a problem soon
arose. People became so adept at using the keyboard
that the typewriter keys would stick or jam when
struck in quick succession. In order to overcome this
problem Sholes decided to make the job of typing as
slow as he possibly could. His solution? He placed the
most frequently used keys as far apart from each
other as he could. His keyboard became known as
the QWERTY keyboard.

Today, every aspect of your computer is designed for
maximum speed and efficiency - but we continue to
use a speed trap - a keyboard design that's 132
years old. The only reason: we are that resistant to

This is a classic example of maintaining the status
quo -- doing things the way we've been doing them
previously - without perhaps asking, "Why are we
doing this?"
I see people who are sending out
100 resumes and waiting for job offers - that's an old
ineffective model. People who are looking for the job
with "security and predictability," guaranteed
benefits, and retirement plans are looking for an old
model that is diminishing rapidly. We're not going to
see it again. New models pay for results, not time.
People will be responsible for their own insurance,
retirement and other benefits.

"Do not follow where the path may lead.

Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

-- George Bernard Shaw

What are the "keyboards" in your life? What
are the things that you are continuing to do that are
no longer effective - but you are so used to the
habits that you continue to do them anyway?


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