Charles Darwin famously said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
If ever there was a need to change oneself – and that too, very quickly – it is in today’s age.
Consider the following:
Artificial Intelligence will impact the future of work as never before. It will displace more than 800 million jobs by 2030 (only 12 years from now!).
While 5% of jobs will be automated entirely, more than a third of 60% of jobs will undergo automation.
By 2030, more than 200 million people will be in new occupations.
(Click here for the full report – it is worth reading, especially the interactive section).
Here are some realities:
If you are not in the process of constantly re-inventing yourself, you will be in for a rude awakening.
The best time to change yourself was 10 years ago; the next best time is now.
Change will not be gradual. The long run is getting shorter. Changes or evolution that used to take decades now take less than 3 years.
You will also need to change on a number of dimensions – most of all, it is a mindset change. Getting advanced degrees, learning new skill-sets, publishing content, building relationships are some of the things you will need to be relevant in the new age.
Automation will have a lesser effect on jobs that involve managing people, applying expertise, and social interactions, where machines are unable to match human performance for now.
Therefore, building leadership qualities and influencing and interacting more impactfully with people, are very critical.
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Fortunately, you are in the right place. In this site, I post a lot of information – most of those, free – to help bring awareness for the change and present a framework on how to change.
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Nature has provided in-built change mechanisms. Whether it is snakes shedding their skin, birds migrating to different regions, or fish adapting to changes in the water, the species that did not adapt, perished.
The same is true for corporations. The Fortune 500 list in 2016 contains only 12% of the companies from 1955. i.e. more than 400 companies had to move out since they could not adapt.
It is no different for us humans. Change – transformational change – for continued career is mandatory!
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