I hoped I would die before I had to learn to use a computer. Don’t get me wrong, — I wasn’t suicidal or looking to die young. I was hoping technology would slow down and let me live out my natural life without having to learn the complexities of being computer literate (oxymoron in my case!).
Lucky for all of us, computers have become easier and faster to use and very intuitive – EXCEPT, I still have to push the ‘start’ button to turn my computer ‘off’. Whose genius idea was that? But for the most part, it simply takes time and effort to learn, like a new language.
Now, I’ve become so dependent on technology, I panic when I can’t get on line or when my cell phone is inoperable. I’ve even been known to take my phone to the restroom so I won’t miss a call. You’re not like that are you?
Many of the technological advancements we use today are need-driven, and I believe, equally driven by ‘want’, which drives a whole other set of behaviors… this blog for instance.
I mean, really! How much time do we spend writing and reading someone else’s thoughts and opinions? More importantly, what are we saying to each other? (Unknown author: “Opinions are like bellybuttons – everybody has one”.) I wonder if I am that interesting, and frankly some of you may be in the same category.
Truthfully, I am saying all this tongue-in-cheek. I have read the blogs posted on VIA’s website and, this one being the primary exception, I would say that all of them are helpful to business people.
We can learn a lot from each other if we only keep an open mind. You can tell that opening my mind to blogging made me sweat… I’d rather wash windows. Next time I weigh in, I intend to write something that deserves your time.
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Some of you may remember parts of this post from a year ago, but I felt compelled to recall part of it. Today, the Valley Industry Association of Santa Clarita is 30 years old! Today marks the launch of a year long celebration for the organization and its members, culminating with a special celebration event tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 28. I hope you will join us in celebrating the successes we have accomplished together.
Incorporated on February 9, 1981, VIA has changed in many ways since its humble beginning. Originally a group of just 20 companies from the Valencia Industrial Center, VIA was created to push forth critical transportation initiatives. That group discovered almost immediately that their collective voice was far more successful than each were individually. What an incredible incentive to grow!
And grow we did! VIA, the fastest growing B2B organization in the Santa Clarita Valley, has moved in many directions over the years, but we have always remained true to our core values. Our tag line, “Connecting and Building SCV Industry” says it all. CEO Forums, member surveys, and regular personal contact with our members keep us in touch with pressing issues for business and allow us to continually provide real value to our membership. We have a rich history including VIA BASH events showcasing members and local industry clusters, B2B Industry Shows, Regional Executive Summits, the creation of the Valencia Learning Center (which later became the Employee Training Institute at COC), our annual Luncheon Series, the Website Contest, Connecting to Success, and VIA STAR .
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIA! I’m proud to be a part of this strong, vibrant organization and hope all of you will stay tuned for the next 30!