Are We Smart Enough For The Future?
I’m a Lifetime Learner
If you have spent any time reading articles or books about what it takes to become successful, the two words above are on every list. Nothing in our world is static. At some point, everything changes.
To progress and become better, we must learn from our past to help make calculated decisions about how to survive in the future. Over the last 150 years, humanity has seen all sorts of technology come to life, and then it becomes our crutch.
Technology has made life more simple for a lot of people, but has it made us too simple?
In the Last 20 Years, the Internet Has Changed Everything in Our Lives and Has Reshaped Entire Industries
I was 20, I remember starting my first official business.
It was a website that sold self-defense and security items like pepper spray and stun-guns. This was before the days of drag and drop websites or Shopify. Social media wasn’t even a thing. I had to find a professional to build my site for me.
The price was affordable and I had the entrepreneurial spirit, so I was all in on this new platform of the future. I was prepared to take the risk.
I have always had the ability to learn quickly. It was a skill that came in handy, living the paycheck to paycheck lifestyle.
There were lots of times when I couldn’t afford to take my car to the repair shop, so I had to learn the common stuff like replacing brakes, alternators, oil changes, and starters. There was even one time I had to learn to replace the water pump at my house because I couldn’t afford a plumber.
The point of this story is to show that I could adapt in different situations and learn new skills, albeit out of necessity but learned nonetheless. Now, I can use those skills to save money in the future or even to help someone else out that is in need.
If you aren’t living the life you want, it’s because you are in your own way. Everything else is just a pile of excuses. -Me
My worry for the future is that some of us remain too content in reaching a simple goal and then believing it is the final destination. I thought that I was only going to go to two years of school and then remain paramedic for the rest of my life. As rewarding as that career is, I now see more opportunities ahead for myself and want to expand that knowledge into something bigger. We always must keep challenging ourselves if we want to see the personal growth we desire.
Some people go through their entire lives punching a time clock for another person’s agenda. They never get to live the life that they really want, because they never dared to achieve more or take risks. Fear will hold you back. Continuing to learn will mitigate that fear.
If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results. — Tony Robbins
The future won’t be so forgiving. There are new technologies on the rise that will require specialized knowledge and training. Don’t expect the government or big businesses to provide you with meaningful, or competitively paying jobs. It will be up to you to remain in the know and be relevant or you will be relegating yourself to the “bottom of the barrel” lifestyle pile.
Stop blaming robots for taking your jobs and realize the opportunities that the internet and other mediums, like Blockchain, can bring. I am taking advantage of this by freelance writing online here, creating courses and content for sites like Steemit, Fiverr and Upwork. My goal is to join the countless other individuals that work full time online, from wherever they want. That’s what I desire.
Imagine a world where you can make a serious living doing whatever you want! It is possible, just keep learning and adding to your skill set. Take the hard road over the easy. Make bold decisions instead of bland ones. Try new ideas and if it doesn’t work then try something else. The only bad choice is giving up.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. -Tony Robbins
There have been times that I have allowed myself to get a little lazy of mind and then I have paid the price later. If I had attempted the hard road sooner, then I would already be on the journey of my desires. You are the only one in charge of your journey, and remember that living life is experiencing the journey. There’s really no destination to rush to, for us lifetime learners.