Computer And Internet
The computer and Internet have completely changed the way the world works. Everything that people knew and did has completely transformed into something that has a computer or the Internet involved in some way, at some place throughout the process. The deep seated involvement of these two has allowed people more freedom and allowance in terms of what they do, giving them opportunities that they didn't know existed. On the other hand, there are some bad points too, with companies and people finding more competition coming through from areas they never expected.
All in all, the invention of the computer and Internet has opened up the world for more people to get onto the bandwagon to success and find more ways to do things that they love. Today, a person sitting in a small room, in the middle of the Sahara Desert, can write an award winning novel with nothing but a computer to write it on and the Internet to send it to publishers through. Stories cannot be hidden anymore because spreading the word is so much easier. That has led to the growth of what is known as the online marketplace!
Selling over the Internet
Humans, by nature, are always selling something. When you meet someone new or want someone to like you, you sell yourself to them by being on your best or funniest behaviour. When you are going in for a job interview, you are selling yourself or your work to the company. Basically, every single moment when you are engaging other people, you are trying to do what it takes to convince them that it is worth spending that time doing that, than anything else. Even inviting friends over for a party is telling them that this place is more fun than anywhere else they might want to be.
The computer and Internet have made it possible to do that with people from around the world. You don't need to go to the supermarket to buy a replacement for your electric shaver and you don't need to head down to the local grocers' to restock your refrigerator. Similarly, you don't need to be physically present in front of a friend to talk to them face-to-face. You can simply hook up over a video-chat on one of the many software that allow you to exploit the connectivity of the Internet to do that.
Things are happening real-time! You can send contracts across the world in half a second, the same that it would take for you to tell all the people you have ever known, that you've become a father, while blogging! If cars and airplanes were accused of making the world smaller, then the computer and Internet can be easily held responsible for making everything more easily accessible. You can find anything you want to do, to kill time, over the Internet. The medium has also made it easy for people to start new businesses and ideas that would have, otherwise, been nothing but "good", are becoming "fantastic" because the Internet is allowing you to spread it to more people than the ones around you.
Everyone is Available
The biggest thing that the Internet has done is connected everybody. If you want to find out who lives on a particular address, in a particular place, all the way on the other side of the world, you can find out through your computer, on the Internet. There are no limitations or restrictions to what you can do and who can meet. You could be sitting in your own living room, speaking to the prime minister of England or talking to the chairman of Microsoft - and it would not be too weird or impossible!
The concept of bringing in something like the Internet has allowed people to become millionaires, turning regular college-going kids into private jet-flying corporate giants. There are more millionaires made today, thanks to the computer and Internet, than ever before in the history of business. Gone are the days of Henry Ford struggling to find a way to make the motor car a viable business model! All he would have done now is search for how he could have made the car and ended up selling the idea to people all over the world, patenting the product and selling to every living soul from his single factory, sitting out there in the United States.
You can be working in your garage, carving tiny wooden creatures in your spare time but if someone sitting in Australia likes your work, they can buy it and turn your entire world upside down by choosing to give you the power and money required to make it full-time, on a massive scale, just because they think it can work! The idea has always been simple - computers and the Internet are there to make your life easier. The way things are going, it is getting easier and easier to be a customer, just as it is becoming easier and easier to start a business. Now, it's not just about what you do, anymore! It's about how you do it and if you are using computers and the Internet, chances are that you're on the right path.