Do You Feel Obsolete?

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As you advance in your career and new technology takes control, the question arises, do you feel obsolete? 

The question I ask does not relate to age as it does to remaining up to date with our specialties.  Age is just a number.  It is as easy to be out of date at age 50 as it is in later decades.  How we choose to use our time and expand our thought is up to each of us.  More factors come to light as we recognize how we view ourselves. Our silent plus verbal communication will influence how others see us, too.

Accordingly, we may take time to review the steps we took for advancing our careers.  Experiences and the stories taking us by surprise may attach themselves as we reminisce. Whenever a smile appears, reexamine the incident.  It just might lead the way for the next journey.

My Story

For a long while, I was seemingly ahead of the curve, the opposite of feeling obsolete.  Being a pioneer corporate saleswoman and then an early entrepreneur, I began using social media upon first hearing the announcement.  The new platform was exciting because it enabled me to meet people worldwide and interact with those who hold similar values.

One day we moved across the country, leaving everyone and everything we knew behind.  Social media and my blog allow me to continue my work.  I received invitations to a few in-person groups, but one by one, disappointment set in. My experience or ideas were of little interest to anyone. Conversations were, at best minimal. I began to feel obsolete in person, but it is all relative.  Online, my networks always continue to grow.

Twitter is another resource for the news.  It was shocking to see the recent prediction that Silicon Valley may well become a ghost town.  Was that an exaggeration?  Days that followed revealed that is Oracle leaving the Bay Area, and a sizable group of Apple employees are heading for North Carolina. It’s questionable what will become of the prominent companies still there, left with empty campus buildings.

Originally from the Bay Area and keeping in touch with those I know, taxes and living cost have reached astronomical proportions.  Accordingly, it’s challenging to attract and retain employees.  Affordable housing is almost an unknown.

Staying tuned into social media keeps me abreast of new developments and how they affect business.  Connections continue to expand, and the right offers are now appearing.  Whereas in-person gatherings had me feeling out-of-date, my content is helping me move full steam ahead.  Exciting collaborative efforts are beginning to unfold, modeling the idea of one world.  The people whose work I share, and who share mine, are globally located.

Due to my online presence, I was previously rated a 1% top influencer by Kred.  And this month, to my grand surprise, they created a profile page for me:  It is the shining light that encourages me to update my product line.

More than ever, job seekers need to know how to move the conversation forward and influence the decision in their favor using sales skills.   Remote sales professionals can use extra help with the sales process and increase their possibilities.

Removing all doubt or feeling obsolete, I recognize the need to ramp my effort to help more people.  The light that shone brightly was due to introspection.  When we concentrate on wanting to improve our effort,  our focus becomes sharper than ever. It now feels that instead of feeling obsolete, I jumped to a new plateau.

In short, three tips serve to help:

  1. Introspectively decide what holds importance for you
  2. Revise your current thinking and work
  3. Dream big and reach out to those who think similarly


Elinor Stutz
Elinor Stutz
Elinor Stutz broke through barriers long before doing so was popular. Against all odds she defied the theme, “women can’t sell” to become the top producer at every company she ever worked all the while ignoring attempts to get her to quit. Faced with an irreparably broken neck, Stutz paid attention to two visions as they appeared before her while on the stretcher. In the moment, she negotiated a full recovery with the promise to be of service to communities at large. As the CEO of Smooth Sale, Stutz adapted the motto, “Believe, Become, Empower.” Stutz is a motivational/inspirational speaker, author, and sales trainer. Stutz’ first book, Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building that Gets Results is an International Best-Seller. Her second book, HIRED! has helped many secure their desired jobs. The Wish: A 360… mentors readers on how to build influence. 2019 Global Business Insights Award. Marketing-Communication 2019 Top Salesperson Listing. The Smooth Sale blog is rated as a Top Sales Blog. Kred declared Elinor to be A Top 1% Influencer. @RiseBoarders ranks Stutz as a Top Sales Guru. Tenfold lists “Top 65 women Business Influencers”. CEO Magazine Declares “One of the brightest sales minds to follow on Twitter”.

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