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5 Reasons the Future is now — Why the World is Changing Before your Eye and How you Can Benefit as it Evolves

Stop, take a moment, and looked around

Do you see it?

If you can’t yet feel the winds of change on your face, you are witnessing the calm before the storm or are abreast of the manic panic that will arise upon the realisation that the rules of engagement have been altered.

The world is changing; the internet has enabled a democratisation of employment on an unprecedented scale never experienced before in human history.

Unconvinced?

Step through the looking glass and gaze at what’s already happening

They have grown over time based on my recognition of certain patterns and trends across specific demographics.

Breaking free from the shackles of belief that standardised capitalism and employment are the most reliable and sensible way of life isn’t easy. We have been programmed to believe that it is insane to do anything else.

Perception of reality viewed through the lens of historical precedent distorts the truth.

1 — Employment is Broken.

Do you love your job or did you ever even like it?

They want to change but have dependants, bills and commitments that continued employment allows them to meet.

So they unhappily remain

They have grasped the chance and afforded themselves the opportunity to flourish. During a time of such economic disparity the most innovative and creative thinking has begun to occur, as it often does, in the face of impending doom.

If you love what you do you will truly never work a day in your life

The risk is huge

Changing economics is slowly eroding this belief and revealing the truth

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2 — What is Entrepreneurship?

The Start-up is very much in vogue

Perhaps the greatest illustration of the ridiculousness of some startups is this:A million guys walk into a Silicon Valley bar. No one buys anything. Bar declared massive success.

Startups need to refocus on the things that matter — creating real businesses that solve big problems

That is entrepreneurship

The media pedalled start-up image clouds people’s judgement.

You don’t have to create a technology unicorn to be an entrepreneur

The adage of ‘what have you done for me lately?’ is flipped on its head and is now ‘what have you done for yourself today?’

Entrepreneurship is about trust

Can you work with others for mutual benefit instead of searching for opportunities where a relationship can be exploited for personal gain? Sure you might benefit short term but longer term you will suffer. The entrepreneur is happy to invest in relationships which pay bigger dividends for longer.

3 — Peer-to-peer Possibilities

Waste, over consumption and idle capacity are the biggest human disasters of the 21st century

Ubiquitous adoption of a collaborative approach is needed

Why bin something that can be shared?

Whether it is transport, childcare, companionship or sale of your personal goods technology has shrunk the world, obliterated borders and allowed collaborative exchanges of time, product and services with no discrimination or location requirement.

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This is not before time

Water and food will of course take precedence

Small changes make a huge difference and it is the cumulative efforts of us all working as one that will make the difference

A feeling of humanity must be rediscovered

4 — The rise of Post-Capitalism

Our consciousness has been hijacked by marketing to believe we are constantly in a state of lust for the newest products

We have now evolved past that

Post-capitalism recognises that the current capitalist system is not sufficiently meeting the needs of the majority. It has only acted to widen the gap between those who have and have not. At a time when real earnings are falling for the lower and middle class yet the 1% continue to get richer questions need to be asked.

When the workers producing wealth are only doing so to benefit a small elite the system needs to change as opposed to searching for greater efficiency

Fewer hours will need to be worked to remain at the same levels of human productivity

5 — Learning how to Learn

How can schools prepare you for what you need to know today?

It’s time we take responsibility for our own learning and recognise development is a pre-requisite for this new exciting world

Those who rely on the fading knowledge they acquired from school will fail.

The internet has enabled unprecedented access to educational resources that used to only be available to the affluent and elite. Literally anyone with an internet connection can undertake a course from Harvard or any of the worlds other top institution.

The most important investment anyone can ever make is in themselves

Schools teach you memory skills required to pass arbitrary exams. The world is not arbitrary and problems are not as simple as X + Y = Z. Life is organic and we need to grow as the world changes.

We need to continually acquire the skills necessary for the world we live in or wither away.

Education is average and ensures you stay that way but it doesn’t have to be that way and it is never too late. You are the one and only captain of your destiny so it’s about time you faced up to the responsibility of piloting yourself to your desired location.

It has been said that the principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality. Grades encourage the former at the detriment of the latter

Tailor your own teaching to what you want to learn and pursue greatness

10,000 of hours of dedication to anything is what it takes for someone to be the world-class at something

With that being true I would advocate another route being inherently more useful as the world moves towards a more diverse future

Spend 1,000 hours on 10 different subjects

The crossover between your skills will lead to new unimaginable opportunities. Meet people, talk to people and share your ideas.

The world is changing, you can either embrace it and enjoy the fruits of your labour or continue to lose ground

The choice truly is yours.

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