Updated: Apr 10, 2019
Last Update: March 28, 2019
This is One View
Retail is dead, that’s how Marc Andreessen sees it. The entrepreneur and tech investor was recently quoted saying that all physical retail stores will die, succumbing eventually to the vast sea of online competition. According to Andreessen, there will be one way to shop for everything and that way will be e-commerce.
And Then There Is Another View
This view by the founder of Netscape might be biased and a little over pessimistic, but one thing is clear, Brick and Mortar stores will change, fundamentally in the next ten-twenty years. Shopping will always be a means of acquiring the things we want and need, it will also remain a meaningful social activity that appeals to our deepest, human tendency to gather. But one thing is quite certain, retail stores will be much different in the years to come than they are today.
Retail As We Know It Is Changing
With announcements of Payless closing 2500 stores, Lowes closing 51, Sears closing another 89 and Family Dollar closing 390 etc. etc. It's not hard to support Andreesen's prognosis. But the one thing that the big retailers have shown us, it takes a long time for them to die. Sears, Kmart and JC Penny have been sick for over a decade. And while retail will continue to reinvent itself, making their stores more interactive, the fact remains the many people are being displaced now, with more to come in the future.
What are these people going to do?
Where, Are All The Displaced Retailers Going To Go?
They are going to be forced to find a niche in the growing direct to customer business models or what a lot of people know as Network Marketing. With technology and a computer, the ability to compete, on an equal footing, with the big e-commerce retailers, is becoming a reality. Add to this two tier and three tier commission structures, and the residual component, and you have a vehicle that out performs, the traditional JOB. Plus you get to take the carpeted highway from your family room to your home office.
Not to mention you work when you want for as long as you want.
Unique Learning Platform
Sounds pretty good huh? There is one catch, and that is you have to have the skill levels to compete in this environment. That is where a learning platform like Wealthy Affiliates comes into play. E-learning is only in its infancy, and Kyle and Carson have positioned themselves and their company perfectly. The beauty of what they have done is to create a community, where you learn for yourself but not by yourself. I have learned as much, if not more, from reading and following members discussions about certain topics than I ever did in boot camp training.Not to say anything about the constant encouragement and support I've received every step of the way.
You Can Get Paid While You Learn
This unique platform even pays you, if you chose to be an Affiliate, for either Wealthy Affiliates or Jaxxy, or both, what could be better than that? To have the potential to get paid while you learn the online way of doing business, is truly genius.
It's not a sprint
Learning the art of online marketing, just like building a Network is not a sprint, but a marathon. As a matter of fact I don't think you ever stop learning and for a lot of us that's the most appealing feature.
Our souls need growth and exploration, and the only way to do this is to force ourselves to do the uncomfortable, to go outside our comfort zones.
Doubt muddies the waters of belief. Our success is guaranteed if we remain coachable, committed and consistent. We should have more gratitude, that in these turbulent times of change, that the founders of Wealthy Affiliates had the foresight to build this unique platform. I'm honored to be a part of this community, and if I haven't said it lately thank-you to all of you.
As always, thanks for visiting.!
Dave, Wealthy Affiliate Premium Member