That was my ah-ha while sitting at Sternen-Grill, alongside Lake Zurich in Switzerland last summer.
Me, my lunch, and an issue of The Economist magazine. [By the way: You must read this magazine; it's that important.] As I sat for a while, I watched people walk, skate, ride, tram and bus by. And I realized: We are designed to move.
So, where do people move? I'm thinking it's kind of like asking, "What moves people?" Look around to see what moves the people around you, and - of course - what moves you. I can imagine one of just a few things, do you know what they are?
While I was reading the 2 JUN 12 issue of The Economist - article: "Squeezing out the doctor" - I spent valuable focus on the numbers. No matter what, there is something powerful in looking at the data and thinking, "What does this mean to me?"
By 2036, the estimate is that 22% of the population of China will be over the age of 65. In the USA, we will top 20% 6 years earlier. Let's say there are 375 million people in the USA 18 years from now: Is our health care system prepared to care for 75,000,000 people at that age?
Now, of course, my focus is on making things better. And, the ball only starts to gain speed when I think of the economics and business opportunities that connect to that statistic. I mean, if you're looking to start a business, here's one:
What information could you provide to 1% of that population at just $1.00 a month? That would be an income of $187,500...per week.
What if you provided something to just 0.1% of that population? Again, at $1.00 a month...that equals $75,000 a month. (As a point of reference, the first year I taught high school - four classes, in two departments, for 150 students) I earned $24,500... For the year!
Numbers, they are all around us.
What are some numbers that move you? How can you bring them closer to you moving?