Knowledge is a key asset in the twenty-first century.
In the agrarian world the main value was attributed to the land. In the industrial world and still today – to the capital. In the emerging information society, development will be mostly driven by knowledge and intellect.
Knowledge here not only means an arithmetic sum of acquired theories from formal education. It also means a set of working skills, qualifications, personal attributes – anything that makes one competitive on the world market.
There is one issue here though.
We live in such a fast-changing world, that once you lean something new, i.e. acquire knowledge, it is already becoming outdated!
For example, I had to rewrite my PhD research proposal more than once in two years as life was constantly presenting new evidence, and new social developments were taking place that challenged my ideas. Today I understand that my research proposal is not entirely up-to-date, as political, social and economic landscapes have changed again!
So how to keep up with this “pace of the world”?
I am afraid – or should I say happy? – that there is no easy answer. Though it may sound simple:
Never. Ever. Stop. Learning.
From my experience (personal and by no means exclusive) this means:
1) Always staying up-to-date with the current trends in your field. RIDE THE WAVE or it will smash you.
2) Being open to conflicting opinions. FRESH PERSPECTIVE is a pre-requisite to keep your ideas and practices original.
3) Using every free moment to read. Less social media, MORE BOOKS.
And last but not least, we must keep in mind a well-known saying:
The proof of the pudding is in the eating.