In times of change the learners will inherit the earth.
While the learned find themselves beautifully
equipped to succeed in a world that no longer exists.
~ Eric Hoffer
Look, it’s no great secret that the world is changing rapidly.
It’s not going to stop.
It’s only going to accelerate.
So, what are you going to do?
The historian and professor Yuval Noah Harrari, of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, states that there are 3 basic qualities we all must develop to lead our own lives and businesses successfully in this rapidly changing world.
These are also going to be the three hottest markets for the future in his opinion. I tend to agree:
- The ability to extend healthful, energetic and vibrant lives. Not weak and decrepit lives, vibrant lives.
- The ability to adapt to an ever-changing world.
- The ability to find true happiness and fulfillment within that change.
Life extension is big business; and it’s working.
The most recent theoretical study states that the maximum lifespan for a human is 125 years.
Studies of the Blue Zones (areas of the world where people consistently live to be 100 or more), show that there are common factors present with all these centennials.
Suffice to say that lifestyle, diet, mental/emotional mastery, and purpose are vitally important to this objective.
More on this topic in a future installment.
If you want to make a lot of impact,
you must be around long enough to make a lot of impact.
You have a responsibility to your health and vitality.
Here’s something important to consider: with suicide rates at an all-time high, and lack of happiness and fulfillment in daily life being commonplace, what kind of longer life will the majority have?
So many are living longer and most want to do this.
But what good is living longer if your life is not full
of meaning and fulfillment?
That’s not living. That’s existing.
Next is adaptability.
Forbes suggests that 50% of the existing jobs will no longer be existing jobs by the year 2020.
In other words, payroll is giving way to independent 1099 contractors. That means that more and more people will be forced into entrepreneurship.
As an aside, coaching and consulting are some of the fastest growing markets on the planet.
We’re all 1099 contractors to life.
And the contract will soon be up.
Much sooner than we would like.
Many are concerned, particularly in America, that immigrants are going to take jobs away. This is ridiculous.
- We live in a global economy and we need to move beyond the “me and my country” mentality.
- The technologies of the past are not coming back any more than wax records are coming back as the medium of choice for music.
We must learn to adapt and recreate ourselves. The immigrants or exports are not taking jobs away. Technology and Artificial Intelligence are taking jobs away.
Redefining, re-tooling and adapting are hard enough in your 20’s. It often feels next to impossible in your 50’s!
Adaptability, flexibility, and new learning must become of primary importance.
Finally, the ability to find true happiness and fulfillment.
This is a broad topic which we’ll discuss at length in a future installment.
Bottom line, to be truly fulfilled the first thing you must do is let go of how you think life should be (no easy task), and begin to celebrate and embrace what life is.
You must let go of how you think life “should be”
and begin to embrace and celebrate what life is.
With longer lifespan, massive change, potential loss of job and imagined security, this takes a lot of mental mastery and emotional strength to say the least.
I suggest that you proactively begin to make all three of these things top priority of time, money and effort.
We all must.
Every single dollar you invest in your
own mental mastery and emotional strength
in today’s changing world, will yield a minimum
return of ten times over. This is my 1X10 Formula.
You can be prepared, are you can be taken unprepared.
You can make it exciting or frightening.
The choice is yours.
Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic!