Consider this: the average attention span of a goldfish is around 9 seconds. Meanwhile, the average attention span of human beings has reduced dramatically in the last decade, falling from 12 seconds to 8 seconds.
Yes, in this fast-paced digital era, human beings have lower attention spans than goldfish!
The emergence of social media may have made it easier for us to stay connected, but what form is this ‘connection’ taking when we barely remain focused on one thing – much less give proper time and care to those who matter, like our friends and family. Is it any wonder that, in a corporate context, the average life span of S&P 500 companies has also fallen significantly from 67 years to just 15 years? That means over 40% of current Fortune 500 companies may not exist in the next 20 years.
While emerging technologies are making it easier for companies to do business in a borderless manner, it has also disrupted existing business models across all industries. Things are changing in a highly unpredictable fashion, and in a manner that is revolutionary, rather than evolutionary. So, the question is, in this era of distraction and disruption:
- Are you still pursuing success using the same principles that made you successful before in a world that has changed dramatically in so many ways?
- Considering the rate of change and transformation, how can you still perform at full potential?
- Are you equipped to deal with this level of uncertainty without fear, stress or anxiety?
The answer could lie in the ancient practice of Mindfulness.