Are you ready for the major shifts in the coming decades? Time to find out...
It should come as no surprise that as the years go by, technology companies are growing bigger and bigger, creating better and better technology and starting to make the job market a little more competitive as the large companies will start replacing humans with artificial intelligence.
It isn't really "if this is going to happen," anymore it is more like "when this is going to happen."
In the past, it was always talked about that technology might start taking our jobs, but it seemed so far in the future that we didn't really think about it. Now, it is becoming more and more prevalent in today's society, especially if you keep up with the news, that you almost can't dispute this.
For me, I see all of this leading to a forced shift of focus in work from more hard skills to soft skills, EQ (emotional intelligence) and the rise of importance in mental ability/ mindsets.
I'm not suggesting that this can/ will happen overnight, but rather gradually over the course of the coming decades. So, might as well get ahead of the curve and learn to master your mind as I for-see this becoming a skill that is going to be rising exponentially in demand in the not too distant future.
This could be your "unfair advantage" when others are focused on learning as many hard skills as they can.
We Are Losing Basic Jobs
But that isn't the least of our worries...
We are already starting to see these basic level jobs, the strictly easy to learn "hard skill" jobs, be replaced with automation and artificial intelligence.
Factories are replacing workers with robots, for more precision, less error and less cost in the long run.
The rise of self driving cars is in the not too distant future, along with self driving trucks for hauling long distances, that could impact hundreds of thousands of jobs in the transport industry.
Fast food workers are already starting to be replaced as McDonalds is testing out A.I. in their drive thru services in order to replace the need for human workers.
Even concierge and butler services in hotels is being automated and tested out in some hotel chains.
Slowly, these basic level jobs are being automated away as the years progress, meaning that the demand for basic skills is changing, something we need to realize and adapt to.
We Are Even Going to Start Losing More "Advanced Jobs"
As in jobs that require a college degree.
While these lower level jobs are the ones that we are seeing being automated away today, those aren't the only jobs that could be impacted in the future.
Just becuase you hold a basic college degree doesn't mean that you are free and clear of being impacted by the rise of technology and automation.
Have you ever thought about the fact that maybe artificial intelligence will be so powerful in the future, and know us so well, that the need for advertisements might greatly vanish because these A.I. products will just order what we need, when we need it, based on our preferences.
Or have you considered that they could start programming computers to do basic accounting, diminishing the demand for these entry level accounting jobs.
Even in the technology space, M.I.T. is working to teach A.I. how to do their own basic coding, so the demand for these entry level coding and programming jobs might see a slight decline as well.
The point I am trying to make here is not that your college degree is going to become worthless, it is that maybe we have to look outside learning basic skills in our industry and look more at learning management, soft skills, emotional intelligence, controlling our mindset and skills similar to these, on top of those hard skills we are learning in school.
These jobs aren't going to totally vanish next year, but we might start to see the demand for positions trend downwards over the next decades.
The Increasing Importance of Mindsets and Soft Skills
Why is your mindset, and these soft skills, going to be so important in the coming decades?
Well, it is essentially going to set yourself apart from everyone else if you have more than just the basic hard skills that anyone can learn.
Even if you totally discount and take away the technology and A.I. replacing basic skilled jobs, your mindset and these skills are just going to set yourself apart from the rest of the job pool and give you new perspectives on the world.
These days almost anyone can go to college or get some type of schooling on things from marketing to science to business and everything in between.
The value of that college degree is very much diluted due to the amount of people that have them now compared to way back in the day when the degrees were more highly looked at.
Not even a higher GPA, more clubs or internships is going to really help you stand out anymore in the job pool. Why? Because literally everyone is doing these things, and striving to get higher grades doesn't make you interesting or stand out in any way, shape or form.
Instead, you know what does stand out? The way that you make the person interviewing you feel. The way you carry yourself, the confidence you bring, the real life situations that you have placed yourself in, the areas you can show personal growth and the types of questions you are asking the interviewer.
Your mindset controls everything from your character to how interested you are to your ideas and these are the things that really help you stand out, not your basic skills or GPA.
Your Mindset Is How You Start To Set Yourself Apart
It is almost an "unfair advantage" for you.
If you were playing attention and didn't just skim through that previous paragraph, you might have caught me talking about how your mindset its at the foundation of everything we do and how we carry ourselves.
That is exactly why we can use an improved mindset to help us stand out from the crowd in the future job market.
Your employer isn't going to be like "you have a great mindset," because this isn't something that others can see, it just impacts things that others can see.
For example, if you have started to challenge yourself and your mind on a day to day basis, it could build a mindset that allows you to embrace challenges and hard work while others might stray away from these things. That is something other people can notice and it is in direct correlation with your mindset.
Or, maybe you are working on your mind and challenging yourself to learn new skills and have new experiences that might make you uncomfortable. This is putting yourself in new situations that can help give you new perspectives to look at ideas from and this is something that other people can notice.
Or maybe you realize that your negative thoughts toward what you can and can't do are holding you back from real results at work, or in your business, so you start eliminating those negative thoughts by taking action on things that previously would have scared you. Others will notice this as well and start to associate you with someone who is open to new ideas and not afraid to take risks or put themselves in new situations.
These are just a few examples of countless possibilities where your mind can start to impact our day to day lives in ways people can actually see, even though they can't see your changed mindset.
It Is Time For Your To Go To Work
Here's how to start that mindset work...
Now you might be left wondering how to exactly start crafting a new mindset, if this is something that you have decided is enough importance to work on. That is exactly the reason I added this section in here, to help you learn "how" and not just give you a ton of ideas and principles that you don't know how to put into action.
Build a Foundation:
You can't build a house on a poor foundation or after a while the house will just crumble, even if the rest of it was built structurally sound.
It is no different with your mindset. You can't start adding things or changing your mindset with a bad foundation of negative habits and thought patterns.
Instead, focus on removing the negative influences in our lives that lead to negative thoughts, such as listening to sad music that gives us a negative outlook on the world or constantly watching news or consuming social media that is telling us how bad everyone has it.
Also, focus on eliminating the habits that you know are not helping you, such are drinking too much, feeding yourself crap food and not going to the gym.
All of your bad habits are likely closely tied to your brain function and thought patterns.
Decide What You Need to Work On:
Now that you have the right base, decide what your intentions are going to be so that you are focused and know why you are doing what you are doing.
Plus, this will help you focus on one thing at a time and do so effectively, rather than just trying to change everything at once, getting burnt out and end up changing zero things in your life.
Do you need to focus on your work ethic? Confidence? Distractions? Thought patterns? Stress? Happiness?
You have to decide this before moving onto the next step.
Get To Work:
Obviously the next step is to actually get to work changing, which can be done in countless ways so I won't be able to touch on all of them here.
I will, however, be able to show you some strategies that will be beneficial no matter what area of your mindset you want to focus on.
The first being simply exercising, ideally walking outdoors everyday and/ or going to the gym. This is going to challenge you both physically and mentally and help you gain some more mental clarity and organize your thoughts and ideas.
Next, meditate. I know you probably are hearing this all over the place now but that is because it actually works. Try out a simple guided meditation on YouTube and you will see what I mean.
As I talked about in the beginning step about eliminating negative influences, eliminate sugar and alcohol from the diet and your brain function can start to change dramatically. You might not even notice you are experiencing brain fog until you do this and realize how you could have been thinking all along.
Finally, get off of your phone and social media. Live more in the real world and be present in what you are doing. You will start to gather information better, be more engaged, be more interested and so much more.
Wrapping This All Up
How your mindset is going to help you in the coming decades of changing environments.
So, what was the point to all of this?
Not to try and convince you that a noticable amount of the "common" jobs are soon to be gone in the coming decades, but rather to show you how to gain that "unfair advantage" in your work by focusing on developing your mindset.
They don't teach us this in the current school system yet and it is a large downfall as so much of our lives are based aorund our mindset, how we percieve and take action on situatioons we are put in and how we interact within our environments.
With not many other people focusiong on these valuable skills, just start doing so and you might just put yourself in the position for opportunities that you previously never thought possible.
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