Is living your life in beta is just today’s term for someone who can’t get their #$%! together?
While listening to a pod cast between Mitch Joel and Ben Casnocha, co-author of The Startup of You the phrase “live your life in perpetual beta came up”.
It was one of those moments when I needed to turn off the iPod and just think for a bit – do I have the personality to live my life in beta? Do I have the skill set to run my business in beta? What have I put on auto pilot and where am I pushing the boundaries? I am a mother of three girls, that is a lot of beta in and of itself isn’t it?
Did you know that this phrase is actually a documentary film, Life in Perpetual Beta? “Life in Perpetual Beta is a documentary film about the ways in which technology has/is/will change the ways in which we think about ourselves as individuals and a society. It is exploring the cultural shift that technology creates as it enables people to live less planned and more passionate lives.”
Phew! I don’t have to buy a VW and pack up the fam and hit the road to live my life in beta, I can do this through technology. I can do this! I am a tri-fecta Apple user (iPhone, iPad, OS Lion). I have a blog. I build websites. I don’t think I have a life less planned though, except I don’t have a commute and I don’t have a boss, and I do have a business which is only possible through the evolution of technology. Voilà!? Hmm, am I in vogue without knowing it? Doubt it.
I sometimes feel chained to the web, not liberated by the opportunities. But bring the Jaws of Life if you try to take away my iPad.
I would love to know:
- Do you embrace you life as a beta philosophy?
- Is there a specific piece of technology that enabled you to live in beta?
- Were you even aware of this phrase?