Illiterate of the 21st century…

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

I found this quote very much true.  It is becoming more and more important in today’s work environment for employees and organizations to change their traditional mind-set and evolve. 

Have you seen people who are worried about their jobs as the technology they know is now obsolete? People had been working very hard and did not focus on upgrading their skills as market was going through change.  

I want to stress that you are in charge of your learning opportunities.  It may be soft skills, new language, new technology, new way of doing things or any combination of things that will keep us marketable in this century.  We got to be flexible in terms of learning new things, unlearning of old concepts and some times relearning of (back to basics) concepts.

Thanks and have a great day!

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One Response to Illiterate of the 21st century…

  1. That quote is spot-on. I have worked as a software product manager for more than six years and have watched the evolution of software go from box, to downloadable to hosted (SaaS companies like salesforce.com). The trends are towards hosted software and yet many of the people I’ve worked with in recent months and years are in denial. Out of all industries, you would think folks in the software industry would be aware of its evolution and embrace the changes. Many do (I’m working with a lot of them at my new company) but the tendency is to hold on to what you know.

    This is a fascinating topic; you could write volumes, no doubt. Thanks,
    Michael

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