No, it isn't coding.
There is something much more important we should be learning...
Maybe we aren't to the age of flying cars, as the Jetsens predicted, or we aren't living on Mars yet (Elon's working on that don't worry), but we are definitely in one of the most prosperous decades of technological growth that the world has seen.
And it is only going to grow exponentially from this point on as we start to increase automation, A.I., online retailers, etc.
With all of this technology getting created, you might think a hard skill such as coding might be the best choice to pursue in terms of future career choice, or even just as an extra skill to have.
While in the current market of technology, this is an ever important skill, the future market for hard skills such as coding might be diminishing because of the exact technology that they are creating.
That begs the question, what should we be focused on? Something that a lot of people are asking themselves.
Automation is Coming, As You Likely Know
But it is going to affect many more industries than you think.
Did I interest you with that mention of the decreased value of coding above? Well, let me explain a little more...
Have you heard about M.I.T. teaching artificial intelligence the fundamentals of coding so that it can code on its own, without the assistance of humans? It's happening, you can't slow down innovation and what does that mean for the need of this skill?
Well, likely the best of the best programmers are going to be needed, but other than that, companies won't need these entry level programmers as they can just automate that away now.
Yes, you read that right, it is not just low skill level jobs, such as factory workers, truck drivers and food service employees, that are getting automated away. It is the "secure" jobs, that they talk about going to college for, as well. Maybe just not as quickly as we see the other jobs disappearing, but they are definitely NOT totally safe from automation.
Take the accounting field for example, it was predicated last year that 40% of basic accounting work would be automated in 2020.
Even basic human resources jobs are likely to be reduced due to the lack of need of human workers for tasks such as payroll.
While not all aspects of these jobs are going to be automated all too soon, jobs in general are likely to experience a decrease in the amount of hard skills needed.
Gravitating more towards management, human to human connection skills and problem solving abilities, or what a lot of people like to call "soft skills."
These are the more mental skills, not so much the repetitive skills or skills such as "hard skills."
The Growing Importance of Your Mindset
What does our mindset have to do with all of this? Well, our mindset is the foundation to the soft skills that we are trying to build.
If you lack confidence, you are going to struggle with communicating your ideas to people, and guess where confidence comes from? You got it, confidence comes from that little voice inside of your head.
If you aren't thinking clearly, you aren't going to be able to problem solve effectively. What does this mean for your career? It means that others are likely to have better ideas, or be able to think through problems better than you, helping them excel and not yourself.
If you don't have mental resilience then you are going to struggle to be flexible and be able to bounce back after a failure. This can cause some major problems as failure is the only way to figure out what does and doesn't work on the way to your goals.
And how this is going to help us...
I mean, how isn't working on your mindset going to benefit you?
If you increase your confidence you will be able to not just communicate your ideas better but you are also going to be able to talk with people better and connect with more people, improving the overall quality of your life.
If you start clearing your mind and getting rid of "brain fog," you will be able to think through problems and come to better solutions than you were able to before. Also, clearing this brain fog will help your focus, allowing you to get more quality work done.
If you start to control that voice in your head, you might just be able to take more action and be less afraid of failure.
But this can also help you in your personal life.
If you start eliminating your negative voices in your head, you will be happier on a day to day basis and be more enjoyable to be around. This means more friends and more connection as you won't push away people with negativity.
If you start to build more confidence through your mindset maybe you will finally have the bold ability to go up and talk to that person you are attracted to.
Who knows, maybe that's the person you will start a family with.
Your Mental Workout Plan
So, how do you get started so that you can see these results?
Exercise #1: Talk to Three New People Each Day
Notes: Make sure to have a conversation, not just say "hi."
Exercise #2: Take a Walk When the Weather Sucks, Then Follow It With a Cold Shower
Focus: Mental endurance and resilience
Duration: 45 minute walk, 3-5 minute shower
Notes: Taking a walk when it's hot, freezing cold, snowing, windy or raining is likely the last thing you want to do.
Exercise #3: Remove Negative Influences
Examples: The news, negative social media accounts, stop complaining, take away sad music, etc.
Focus: Positive thinking
Exercise #4: Remove Sugar and Alcohol from the Diet for a Week
Duration: All day, every day, for a week.
Focus: Mental Clarity
Notes: These are the biggest factors to "brain fog," get them under control and start thinking like you never thought possible.
Exercise #5: Sleep Enough
Duration: 7-9 hours
Focus: All around mental ability and focus
Notes: You are not part of the fraction of 1% of the population that can get less sleep and still be on top of their mental game. This is hands down the most important thing for your day.
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