5+ Quotes For The Future

1. “The illiterates of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn”- Alvin Toffler

The rate at which we are continually flooded with information will overwhelm those who cannot accept change more rapidly. Becoming set in your ways will be a detriment to your development (professionally and personally) more than ever before.  With so many new iterations of ideas, products, and services coming out, the ability to drop knowledge and replace it will be paramount and far broader than forgetting how to use Office 2003 and adapting to Office 2007 or switching from a Motorola Razor to an HTC smart phone. As far as schooling is concerned, there needs to be more focus put towards teaching students HOW to learn rather than filling their heads with random facts and figures. As computers become smarter, we will have to as well. Assume writing could be replaced by typing and computers will know what we are trying to say and automatically correct grammar, correct spelling, and find resources immediately.

2. “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Taking Toffler’s quote one step further, I think that the vast amounts of information available to us is going to cause some repercussions in the near future as more people are introduced to the realities of the past (history) and where we came from (biologically). “The ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function” will be at a premium as those who can “learn, unlearn, and relearn” begin to mold the landscape of the future. Needing to accept where we have been, interpreting and synthesizing the now, and crafting the future will require the ability to flex ones mind in a way that allows for contradictions, irony, and brutal realities. Without this, very little progress will be made.

3. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer” – Albert Einstein

Einstein’s quote reminds me that there is a solution to every problem and that it is with that mentality that we will begin to solve some of our most complex problems facing the human condition. As more people become aware of global issues, we will begin to see a higher awareness and more focus on solving problems. Just the sheer fact that there will be more minds working on problems longer than ever before is great. Throw in continued advancements in technology and we will have a collaborative platform in which to tackle the issues that need fixing. We will also begin to benefit from the commoditization of tech/engineering skills as more talented people enter the job market from around the world.  We will only be limited by our ability to brainstorm ideas and take risks.

4. “Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel” – William Hazlitt

I think more people will begin to do what they enjoy and what they are good at.  Considering different thoughts on productivity and happiness, concepts like Flow from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi will influence how people make decisions regarding work, play, and education.  Having more people doing what they should be doing should have a positive impact on the world.

5. “Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy ” Albert Einstein

This quote reminds me that you need to keep things in perspective.  Whether you side with religion or science, the ability to remember that there are larger circumstances to humanity than what is simply right in front of our noses will ensure everybody is thinking about the bigger picture long-term. Einstein’s quote also reminds me that you need to take risks in order to progress in life. Looking at the risks involved reminds us that in the right perspective, everything is cool.

Many people believe that there’s nothing new under the sun, so, if that is true, then speak your mind about seemingly wild ideas, etc. Somebody out there is bound to have thought the same thing or to have started working on something similar…and “don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats” – Howard Aiken

Talk, blog, and vlog away! Somebody out here on the internet will stumble upon you eventually.

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~ by Adam Maikkula on October 17, 2010.

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