I read two articles this morning that reminded me of the blog post I am reprinting below. The first of these was The Future of Jobs: Working on Being Human written by Michael Laitman. Laitman takes the point of view that humans will be replaced in jobs on a wholesale basis and will have little opportunity to work beyond helping other humans. While the thought about helping humans is noble, it is not exactly the most positive outlook. The second article was Preparing the next generation for new jobs, written by Neo Shi Wei. As you can tell from the title, this point of view has a more positive outlook on what the future will. In reality, none of us can predict the actual future, but we can prepare for the future we would like to create. My message in the blog post below is that our attitudes may have more of an impact than we might suspect.
I read a lot about the future. To me, it seems most of the movies, articles, posts or books fall into two camps. There are those that predict a dystopian future and those that predict a utopian future.
The dystopian point of view is a dark and depressing, much like the movie Bladerunner. It presents a grim picture of what the future will look like. Martin Ford’s book Rise of the Robots, predicts a jobless future for humans because of the proliferation of robots. The Boston Globe writer Katie Johnson starts her article on the future of work with “Work is becoming a much less pleasant place.” She talks about the downside of the “Uber economy” and the loss of present-day safety nets like company-provided health plans and pensions.
The utopian side is presented by futurist writers James Canton, Jacob Morgan, and Thomas Frey. They do not deny the world of work is changing. They do not deny that jobs will be lost and people will be put out of work. But they all strongly feel that with those job losses will be offset by increases in new jobs, in new fields, that don’t even exist at this point. This will require people to learn new skills, but the whole of human history has required that.
Henry Ford, an early proponent of automation (pun intended) which both took jobs away and created jobs, is famous for say “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.” I think this applies to the future of work as well. If you think the future is going to be dark, grim and jobless yours will be. You will not work to learn new skills and adapt to new ways of working. You will find yourself either unemployed or working a lower level job.
On the other hand, if you see the future filled with opportunity and challenges and the possibilities of learning new things and new skills then it will be. You will be open to changes and learning new skills. You will be employed or self-employed performing work that does not exist. It will require that you be adaptive and agile with a high EQ.
My point is this. [ctt template=”4″ link=”Sr47d” via=”no” ]You will be responsible for your future. If you want it to be a dark and grim one you will be successful. If you want it to be one filled with opportunities you will be successful.[/ctt]
Which do you choose?