Friday, February 17, 2006

Constantly Reinventing Oneself

Did you see that the last telegram was sent earlier this month? Not many people did and with good reason: Telegrams became obsolete decades ago. But, for almost a century the telegram was the preferred method of rapid communication.

The first telegram was sent by Samuel Morse in 1844. The message he sent was “What hath God wrought?”

The age of the telegraph reached its high point in the 1920s and 30s, when they were still far cheaper than long-distance telephone calls. But, the telegram fell to the onslaught of the telephone, fax machine, e-mail and now instant messaging. Even the singing telegram delivery man couldn’t save it from the dustbin of technology.

The message for the agurbs® in this? You’ve got to be continually reinventing yourself as a community. The technology, resource or other driving force in your town might become the telegram of the future. Don’t ever become complacent with where you are.

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