Telling a Different Story

There’s been a lot of noise lately about AI computing and the thought that it’s going to take over all our jobs. The storyline is that, eventually, human workers will be unnecessary.

The reality is that there will always be certain jobs, like being a home inspector, for example, that do not lend themselves to AI. That does not mean, however, that these jobs will be safe forever.

Back when making a living as an inspector first became a thing, most home inspectors could charge whatever they wanted for their services, because there simply weren’t a lot of options for a homebuyer to choose from.

But nowadays, no matter what industry you’re in, there are plenty of other options out there. If you’re simply providing an average product, there are lots of competitors who will do the same average job, faster and cheaper than you will.

Even if AI is not coming for your job, market pressure is. So, what’s the answer? What are we supposed to do about it?

The answer is not what most people are doing: bitching and complaining about their competitors being too cheap. The real answer is to offer better service and a higher quality product; something that your “average” competitor cannot replicate.

Being better has it’s benefits: fewer direct competitors, higher quality clients, and the ability to charge accordingly for your services.

Not too many downsides in that storyline.

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