Is Technology Passing You By?
In the early 1970’s, after returning home from the service, I was attending the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Since I was an Accounting Major, I was taking a number of Accounting courses. If you know anything about accounting, you know it takes a lot of time spent adding and subtracting because you’re dealing with a lot of numbers, all of the time.
It was especially time consuming then because we had to do all of the adding and subtracting using only a pencil and paper. And then, after we did it, we would have to do it again to double check it. Of course, I was looking for an easier and less time consuming way to get this done.
Then, out of the blue one day, while I was at my friend’s house, his father started to tell us about a new product that they were starting to manufacture at the plant where he worked, Bowmar.
He told us about this hand-held machine that you could do math on. You could use it to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in just seconds. They called it a “calculator”.
I immediately saw that as the answer to my accounting problems and told him I wanted one and asked him how I could get one. He replied that the list price was going to be around $200 but he would check to see what he could buy one for with his employee discount.
It turned out that he could get one for about $70 . . . so I bought one immediately.
Imagine this, Bowmar was the first American manufacturer of calculators. Their first calculators, the ones that they sold For $200 in 1972 (the equivalent of $1174.85 in today’s dollars) is basically the same calculator that you can buy in a Dollar Store Today.
But I still think of that as one of the best purchases I ever made in my life.
It made my life so much easier and it took the drudgery out of working the accounting problems.
When I took it to my first Accounting final exam, it was the only calculator in the classroom, and maybe in the entire university. I had the advantage I was looking for and I finished the exam so fast that everyone in the classroom just stared at me when I got up to turn in the exam.
In the days that followed everyone in that class who saw me walking along would stop me to ask how I did that exam so fast. Most of them at the time didn’t even know that calculators existed. But they were all sorry that they hadn’t learn about calculators sooner and gotten their own, especially for that final exam.
So what’s the point of my story?
I learned of a new technology, took advantage of it, and benefited from it. Since then, I have always been on the lookout for new technology that could solve a problem for me or make my life easier.
And it looks like I have found another one!
Right now there is a new technology that hardly anyone knows about yet. It is a new way to sell, market, and promote. It can be used by any business, anywhere. It can be used by any person or organization to spread their word. The people and businesses who have been using it have been getting results and have been raving about it.
I invite you to stay ahead of the Technology Curve. Take a look at this. Don’t be that person who lets technology pass them by and regrets it later.
Watch this short video to see something new that could solve some of your problems and make your life easier and maybe even a little more profitable: