Sorry...There's No App For That

by Doreen Rainey

Raytheon invented the first microwave oven after World War II from radar technology developed during the war. Named the 'Radarange', it was first sold in 1947. And thus, 1-minute meals were born.

This very popular household appliance has now become a symbol of the "get it fast, get it now" world that we live in. The phrase "microwave society" has probably been used by most of us at some point in our lives. And what exactly does that mean? defines it as the mindset of wanting (and nearly getting) everything "RIGHT NOW". Technology has made gathering or sending information extremely fast and we've begun to think that everything in life should be available on demand.

And then, after the microwave came along to show us that we shouldn't have to wait for food - or anything else - along comes the App Store.

The App Store comes to us virtually. It's technology that does just about everything for us. Need a recipe? There's an app for that. Need an exercise routine? There's an app for that. Need to know how to get out of debt? There's an app for that. Need to know how to communicate better? There's an app for that.

So now, not only do we want fast results (microwave society), we don't want to have to do it ourselves (because there's an app for that).

The problem is - there is no setting on the microwave or nothing you can download to your Droid, iPhone, iPad, Tablet, Blackberry, or any other device, that can:

* Cook that recipe for you.

* Do the exercises for you.

* Stop you from actually spending money you don't have.

* Stop talking to people in a way that's rude and insensitive.

How do I know this? Because I've been looking for those types of Apps!

Technological advances has convinced many people that it should be easier. That it shouldn't be THIS hard. That the results should just come. But I've had to face the cold hard truth...and maybe you do too.

* You can set all the ingredients from the grocery store that the App told you to buy right next to the microwave.

* You could set your iPhone on the treadmill at the gym.

* You can open up your monthly budget App on your tablet while in the shoe section of the department store.

* You can read the 5 steps to better communication on your Blackberry in the midst of argument.

But ultimately YOU have to do something. You have to take action. You have to make the decision to cook, workout, not overspend and demonstrate better communication skills.


Because there's no App for that.

© 2012 Doreen Rainey

RADICAL Success Coach Doreen Rainey helps her clients Get RADICAL - by defining success for themselves and having the guts to go after it. Get her FREE RADICAL Success Starter Kit at

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