Preparing For The Future
We all need to shape our future or someone else will do it for us.
“you need to shape your future before someone else does. Those that lack the courage to predict and shape their future may become victims of an unwelcome destiny.”
These days, the future comes at us faster than ever before. We live in an age of accelerating returns, in which technological advancement moves at an exponential rate. In ten years, no industry will look like it does now. In twenty years many, if not most, of today’s jobs will be completely obsolete.
Yet the future is about more than just technology. Health trends, economic trends, population growth and climate change, just to name a few, will also create massive challenges—and massive opportunities—in the years to come. The time to start preparing for the future is NOW.
Everything in life is about priorities band what I prioritize will dictate what my life will look like .
It is essential for an individual to prepare not only for his/her present but also for the future. You need to prepare yourself well to face adverse situations with a smile.
When preparing for the future keep in consideration that:
Unless and until you believe in yourself, no one would trust you.
•Upgrade your existing knowledge from time to time. Technologies change with time and it is necessary to keep oneself abreast with the latest developments in your respective fields.
You need to know what is happening around you. Do not be under the wrong impression that you know everything. Remember, there is no end to learning. Try to find out what all new softwares or technologies would be in demand in the near future.
In today’s world, you really do not have to burn a hole in your pocket to learn something new. Now a days, information is available at the click of a button. You just need to take out time to go through various sites which would acquaint you with the latest as well as upcoming developments in your respective domains.
Would you like to work as a marketing executive all through your career? Obviously NO. Mere Educational Qualification and Degree do not help in today’s world of fierce competition. One needs to sharpen his/her existing skills not only to prepare for the future but also face all types of situations with confidence and determination.
•Be open to feedback from your colleagues and superiors.
Do not feel bad if your Boss scolds you or asks you to improve on certain areas. Remember, it is for your good only. An individual is successful only when he/she realizes his shortcomings and also works on the same. Do not feel ashamed if you do not know something. Never ignore your mistakes. An individual who has the courage of accepting his mistakes never fails in life.
•Be open to challenges. Do not be afraid to take risks in life.
It is not always advisable to stay in your comfort zone. Sometimes you need to come out of it as well. If you come across a better opportunity, please do not hesitate to accept the challenge. And yes, better opportunity does not mean only monetary benefits but better profile, additional responsibilities and so on.
It is essential to stick to an organization for at least two to three years but after that it becomes essential to switch. Stay alert and the moment you come across any exciting opportunity, do not hesitate to grab the same. Grabbing the right opportunity at the right time ensures a successful professional career.
Read a lot. Remember, knowledge acquired at any stage never goes to waste.
•Master the skill of time management.
Learn to value time if you wish to be successful in the future. Misusing time will not let you survive in today’s competitive world.
Learn to respect your superiors. You may be the master in your respective field but if you do not know how to behave with your superiors, you would fail miserably in the future.
Meticulous planning also helps you achieve your targets within the desired time frame. Always be ready with an alternate Plan in case your initial plan does not work.
Develop a positive attitude. Remember, it is your attitude which actually makes the difference. Leave the habit of cribbing and complaining if you wish to do well not only professionally but also personally.
•Learn to work as a team player.
Now a days, nothing can be achieved if you do not know how to coexist with people and how to work as a team.