What Are You Doing To Prepare For The Future?

Are you prepared for the future?
World Population Since 1300 A.D. Chart

Did you know:

There are 540,000 words in the English language; about five times as many as during Shakespeare’s time.

Did you know:

Many of today’s college majors didn’t exist 10 years ago; New media, Organic agriculture, e-business, Nanotechnology, Homeland security

Did you know:

1 out of 8 couples married in the US in 2005 met online

I’d like to share the video below by XPLANE which discusses the need to improve and make education more widely available; to diversify learning by the implementation of technology and communications with students all across the world.



In this global economy and integration between countries, cultures, and technology, what are you doing to prepare for the future?

After watching the video by XPLANE with its mesmerizing soundtrack, I was compelled to think about what I need to be doing now to improve my future outlook. Although the video concluded with a focus on primary education, the points can be applied to everyone. “Change is the only constant” holds true as we live in exponential times of change.

What can I do now to prepare myself for the future?

“Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” – John Wooden

Constant Learning – As the rate of change in the world increases, constant learning becomes evermore important in order to keep competitive. Fortunately, with the advent of the Internet, learning has become highly accessible to anyone with a computer and access to the Internet. Schools now offer free videos of lectures on subjects of your choice, world news is updated every second and access is only a click away. Blogs are a goldmine of information that usually cover a narrow niche topic updated frequently. Forums are also places you can learn, teach and interact with people from around the world. Whether you are seeking information to improve your skill for work, or to improve the knowledge on your personal hobbies, consistently learning and improving your aptitude will ensure your significance in times of rapid change.

Self-Improvement – By implementing self-improvement strategies, we are able to improve on our personal weaknesses and further strengthen our skills. Has your procrastination put your life on hold? Do you have personal issues that keep you from interacting well with others? Although it may be more difficult to improve your personal weaknesses than to enhance your strengths, concentrated efforts and reminders will help you get through the difficult hurdles. Let’s take personal productivity as an example: If it takes you an average of 1 hour to write a 1 page report, by applying productivity and focus strategies as you write, you are able to average 1.5 pages per hour. You have effectively gained extra time for whatever you want to do. With that extra time, you can get to all the things you’ve been meaning to but haven’t found the time for.

What are you doing to prepare for the future?

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12 thoughts on “What Are You Doing To Prepare For The Future?”

  1. You keep finding the most awesome videos… 🙂

    Although I’m not sure what my future holds… I totally agree that as long I as I am committed to continuous learning, and dedicated to self improvement, then my options are limitless.

    My Dad used to always tell me as a kid that most of the jobs in my lifetime hadn’t even been invented yet. Back then, I couldn’t even wrap my head around this concept… but now with all of the e-business out there, it is all too apparent.
    🙂
    Karen

  2. I agree, this is a great video to remind us of the speed of change the world has been through, and will continue to go through. With the internet being so readily available, constant learning and improvement is possible to anyone who seeks it. It can be difficult to keep up, but the more we know, the more prepared we can be for what our futures hold.

  3. Nice post! I love that video.

    The thing that strikes me with my self-improvement and others is that many of us take it seriously and make some great changes in our lives. But the only issue is (and I know this from personal experience!) that many of us are not honest with ourselves about what needs improving. We “improve” superficial easy-to-improve areas but ignore other more significant areas, because it’s too hard to even consider them.

  4. Great video. I always believe that no man can stay stagnant. He must constantly hone his skills and improve his knowledge or he will be surpassed by millions. Alas, thanks for the reminder.

  5. @John: I bet that there has been some major changes since the video was made, I’d also love to see an updated one.

    @Karen: Your dad knew well! Who would have knew about e-business, 20 years ago?

    @Casey: You’re right, with the Internet being readily available, it is much easier for people who look to improve themselves to find the information they need.

    @Nazim: I’m glad that you found the video to be helpful! Best of luck to your learning.

    @Kaizan: Definitely. Especially improving on weaknesses can be difficult, excruciating at times. But by working on one’s weaknesses we can all find more confidence and motivation.

  6. Great video, Ken –

    “Shift happens,” and though we’re behind the times now, videos like this shed light on what we can do collectively as well as what we can accomplish as individuals…what we need to accomplish!

    Paul

  7. Constant learning and self improvement. Wow! Most people are lazy about these powerful virtues. I’m glad you have gained this wisdom and applied it to your life. 🙂

  8. @Paul: Great point! We need to concentrate on what we can collectively do as well as individuals.

    @Walter: Thanks! You’re right, constant learning and self improvement are great virtues.

  9. Wow, Ken! “I was compelled to think about what I need to be doing now to improve my future outlook.” This is really powerful and important. We’ve got to remember the POWER OF NOW. Thank you for this dose of motivation & inspiration!

    Cheers!

    -Dena
    Evolution

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