The Three Languages of the Future
English + Mandarin + Code
TLDR: I’ve concluded anyone who wants to be successful in foreseeable future ought to know these three languages.
1. English - 1 to 1.5 Billion Speakers - $22.11 Trillion USD Economy
2. Mandarin - 1 to 1.5 Billion Speakers - $17.60 Trillion USD of Economy
3. Code - 3 Billion Internet Connected Devices - 7 Billion Smart Phones
People that know these three languages add enormous value to the projects they build and their own basic usefulness to a company or enterprise.
The reasons are obvious.
There is a global push for English language learning from China to Africa, where entire countries are switching to English. Its also the business / science language of rising powers such as India and thus you get the benefit of working and communicating with 1.5 Billion or more people globally.
Mandarin is the language of the world’s largest economy (China) and will likely be the primary growth engine of the world economy the next 20 to 30 years. Add Mandarin’s 1.5 Billion speakers to the 1.5 Billion English speakers and between the two languages you can converse with 3 Billion people. That’s nearly half of the global population.
Writing and reading code empowers someone to have a voice in the technology that powers the internet, the world’s smart phones + wearable devices and thus transform their thoughts into programmable actions.
I grew up speaking English, I’ve been learning Mandarin for years + do business in China and I learn as much about computer science as I can. I recommend these as worth while activities in the career of anyone who wants to conduct business globally in the 21st century.