Lack of Job Security In Wes Moss Starting from Scratch "If you are putting up with a boring job in exchange for security, you are not as secure as you think. That security which is the main reason most people go to work for a large organization is largely an illusion based on the way things were done 50 years ago."
Hyper-connected"Thanks to cloud computing, robotics, 3G wireless connectivity, Skype,Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, the iPad, and cheap Internet-enabledsmartphones, the world has gone from connected to hyper-connected. This isthe single most important trend in the world today and why to get into themiddle class now, you have to study harder, work smarter and adapt quickerthan ever before.“ Thomas Friedman (August 13, 2011 New York Times)
Amount of Information"Every two days wecreate as muchinformation as we didfrom the dawn ofcivilization up until2003 which amounts toan estimated fiveexabytes of data.“former Google CEO EricSchmidt
The Democratization of ContentThe Lexus and the Olive Branch, Thomas Friedman recalls an interviewwhere a TV executive sums up the "democratization of technology bysaying the printing made people readers, photocopying made peoplepublishers, television made people viewers, and digitization has nowmade people broadcasters." The democratization of technology refersto the affordability and ease by which almost anyone with an Internetconnection can now record music, publish a book or make a video.
The Rise of Self-PublishingAccording to a May 2011 report traditional U.S. print title outputin 2010 increased 5% despite the growing interest in e-books.Output of new titles/editions increased from 302,410 in 2009 to aprojected 316,480 in 2010. The non-traditional sector increased169% from 1,033,065 in 2009 to an amazing 2,776,260 in 2010.
The Need for Connectivity The Need for Connectivity - As Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams noted in Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything: "Technology is ushering us towards a world where knowledge, power and productive capability will be more dispersed than ever before – a world where value creation will be fast, fluid, and persistently disruptive. A world where only the connected will survive. A power shift is underway and a tough new rule is emerging: harness the new collaboration or perish."
Skills GapThe Skills Gap - In his 2012 publication The Start-Up of You LinkedIn co-founderand chairman, Reid Hoffman writes: "The gap is growing between those whoknow the new career rules and have the new skills of a global economy, andthose who clutch to old ways of thinking and rely on commoditized skills. Thequestion is: which are you? Do you know how to develop a competitiveadvantage to win the best jobs and opportunities? Can you adapt your careerplans as you change or as the people around you change? What are you doingto maintain a diverse mix of professional relationships?"
The Anywhere Population The 2012 Horizon Report concluded that technological developments now allow "information to be anywhere and as a result people expect to be able to work, learn, and study whenever and wherever they want to."
Being Average Is OverAs Thomas Friedmanwrote in a January 25,2012 New York Timeseditorial: "Being averagejust wont earn you whatit used to. Everyoneneeds to find theirunique valuecontribution that makesthem stand out inwhatever is their field ofemployment. Average isover."
The Need to Develop Your Abilities Geoff Colvin echoed such sentiment in Talent is Overrated "Individuals are under unprecedented pressure to develop their own abilities more highly than ever before, apart from anything their employers may or may not do to develop them."
The Need to Think DifferentlyIn Revolutionary Wealth: How It WillBe Created And How It Will ChangeOur Lives authors Alvin and HeidiToffler coined the term "obsoledge" todescribe how todays "knowledge hasa limited shelf life...and...changes sorapidly that more and more newknowledge has to be learned both onand off the job." The Tofflers alsonoted that "whether they are aware ofit or not, companies, governments andindividuals today base more of theirdaily decisions on obsoledge...thanever before...To deal with today,therefore, we need not only newknowledge but new ways to thinkabout it."
Everyone Is A ProfessionalIn its 2010 review of professionalism, researchers at the Center forProfessional Excellence (CPE) at York College of Pennsylvania continue to findthat students arent making the grade as professionals in the workplace: a)In2009, 37.3% of respondents felt that less than half of new graduatesexhibited professionalism in the workplace; b)In 2010 that number remainedunchanged at 38.2%; c)Nearly 25% of respondents said that professionalismin young workers had decreased, while more than 15% of believed it hadincreased.
The Need for CreativityLorin Anderson, who was a student of Benjamin Bloom, updated BloomsTaxonomy in 2000 and placed Creating at the top of the learning objectiveshierarchy as the most important skill for students to learn. Creative is definedas "Putting elements together to form a coherent or functional whole;reorganizing elements into a new pattern or structure through generating,planning, or producing."
The Importance of StoriesDaniel Pink. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
No Such Thing As Overnight Success As Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson wrote on Rework "You know those overnight success stories youve heard about? Its not the whole story. Dig deeper and youll usually find people who have busted their asses for years to get into a position where things could take off. Trade the dream of overnight success for slow, measured growth. Its hard, but you have to be patient. You have to grind it out. You have to do it for a long time before the right people notice."
The Value of FailingTim Harfords Adapt: Why SuccessAlways Starts with Failure "The threeessential steps that make up therecipe for successfully adapting area)try new things, in the expectationthat some will fail; b)to make failuresurvivable, because it will be commonand c)to make sure that you knowwhen youve failed. To produce newideas we must overcome our tendencyto fall in step with those around us andovercome those with a vestedinterested in the status quo."
The Need to Understand Our Habits In The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg writes that "Habits are powerful, but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness, or can be deliberately designed. They shape our lives far more than we realize." He goes on to state that Duke University researchers concluded that habits make up approximately 40% of the actions in a given day. In other words only 60% of any given day is filled with decisions.
The Focusing IllusionIn his 2011 book Thinking, Fastand Slow Daniel Kahneman of"nothing in life is as importantas you think it is while you arethinking about it." "Educationis an important determinant ofincome — one of the mostimportant — but it is lessimportant than most peoplethink. When you focus oneducation you neglect themyriad of other factors thatdetermine income.”