Dr. Pero Mićić
With everything changing so quickly, what should you and your children and grandchildren be learning and studying today to be prepared for the future?
What do you need to learn today for your future? The following skills are obviously universally useful:
Learn and train logical and strategic thinking. It shocks me again and again how illogically and even stupidly even the highest decision-makers in business and politics think. I don’t even want to talk about the discussions in social media. Learn and practice logical and strategic thinking, most easily with apps and games, and just practice it in real daily life.
2. Routine use of software and artificial intelligence
Learn to use software and especially artificial intelligence routinely, no matter what your profession. Coding in detail is not mandatory, because in the future you only need to specify the logic, the code writes the computer itself. See the developments on Low Code and No Code.
3. Understanding of finances and investments
You should understand finances and investments well enough to build a cushion for yourself in case of emergencies and old age, and not have to rely on the government or others. It is disastrous how few students are educated in finance. There are only a few principles to be observed. Above all, the principle that it is not saving that creates wealth, but investing. And that was true even before the era of low interest rates.
Companies are the generators of prosperity and quality of life. And of all taxes, because without companies there are no jobs and no private income and taxes. So also no state, no authorities, no public services and no social system. We need as many strong successful companies as possible. Be sure to start one, at least part-time.
Learn and study a technical and scientific field. It almost doesn’t matter which one it is. Crucially, it has intrigued you for some time and has been mentioned in several lists of future technologies.
As a German speaker, learn English as perfectly as possible! Do not learn other languages for professional reasons. Is unnecessary, the interpreter software will do that in the future.
7. Axcellence as a human being
However, the key qualification for the future is: learn to become and be an excellent person. When machines can do more and more and better than humans can, excellence as humans is key. What does that mean?
a) Ability to change
Learn to love change and innovation. The best and easiest way to do this is to change yourself and the world around you more and more for the better. Because we love our own ideas for change. It is only the ideas of others that we hate, because they force us to change instead of us wanting it ourselves.
The ability to lead and control oneself. Good resolutions and goals are easily created, but almost everyone almost always fails at implementing them. Learn how to preserve, strengthen and expand your implementation power.
The ability to recognize and understand the motives and emotions of others. This way you can build good and stable relationships.
To recognize the almost always positive intent and good reasons in the other person’s actions and act accordingly.
To act in a way that at least does not harm the world and the lives of others, but ideally makes them better. Exactly, the categorical imperative.
What do you think about it? Do you have any questions?
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Have a bright future!
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