In the future, I think there's a good chance that people will start getting five star reviews.
First off, five star reviews are becoming ubiquitous. Amazon, Uber, AirBnB. We are becoming conditioned to seek out reviews of others prior to buying products.
Furthermore, I think that with the proliferation of apps like Tinder and Bumble, people (young people, at least, including myself) are starting to see other human beings like products. If you don't look remotely close to what I expect in a partner (and I feel like lots of us have unrealistic expectations), then we swipe left.
Finally, with the Internet, it is sooooo easy to quickly get the word out there to huge #s of people. With LinkedIn, I can easily see who's connected with who and any recommendations people already have.
I heard Naval speak about how he believes everyone in the future will be "free agents" — that is, everyone will be a freelancer and companies will higher the best free agents for their particular needs. No longer will be the days when you worked at a company for 40 years and then retired. Instead, in one year, you could be working for 40 different companies. 🤯It sort of makes sense; if you have a rare and valuable skill that you can get paid well for, why not exploit that as much as possible.
"There are almost 7 billion people on this planet. Someday, I hope, there will be almost 7 billion companies." — Naval
I think Naval's hypothesis for the future is aligned with mine. These free agents will start to get reviews. I think there might be like 3-5 metrics that people are rated on out of five stars. Things like:
- excellence at their particular skill,
- ability to work effectively with others, etc.
I honestly don't know what to make of all this. On the one hand, I suspect these reviews will be very good for competent, conscientious individuals. They will get more work, money, and accomplishments. And it would be better for people "buying" the services because then they know with a higher degree of confidence what they are getting. On the flip side, I can totally see how this is somewhat inhumane and, more distressingly, how this could make people who don't have the greatest reviews upset. "Oh, your a 2 out of 5... thank you, next."
Personally, this is why I started to collect recommendations for my Reviews page. I want to have all my recommendations somewhere aggregated so that when the time comes, I'll be ready. LinkedIn could probably fill this need for most people; I just happen to have some recommendations from people who aren't on LinkedIn and my reviews aren't necessarily just from a professional point of view.
Written: October 19, 2020
- Something that I find useful (which also productizes people) is that I have my own user manual that I can give to people prior to working for them. I find this is useful for me bc then they can more quickly get to know and understand me.