Why what you love doing matters more than ever.
An article about how the times, they are a-changing and what it could mean for the next generation society shapers aka today’s students.
This was me, I think about 5 years ago now. It’s when I do stuff I love that I feel truly in flow. If you’ve ever been in such a state, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s this feeling where you feel most in touch with yourself and the world around you. The physical and the mental realm seem to blur together and time and space become the same dimension. You could say that in this state, we are the most human version of ourselves. That part where we’re able to overcome all our survival instincts and become one with the universe; As Carl Sagan would put it: At this point we are cosmic poetry, the universe describing itself.
In a world increasingly organized by bleeps and bloops an undeniable fact is that finding our place in all this, asking ourselves what it means to be human in an environment that’s moving at an exponentially accelerating pace is generating very diverse answers. This article talks about how those changes could affect our future and what it could mean for us as individual cosmic poems.
A changing world
Thirty years ago — I heard — you had to talk to the opposite sex to ask him/her out. And your chances of having a bad date were exponentially higher because the time you needed to invest before knowing whether or not he/she could be a match was usually somewhere around a horse carriage ride and an entire black and white movie sitting.
Today, you swipe. If you’re an avid swiper, figure out a way to get good lighting and find some great opening lines on google, you can get up to thirty potential life partners in a day and the effort to see whether or not this could be the love of your life can in some cases be reduced to the typing of just one sentence. “ Hey, wyd?” is probably a pretty standard one.
The point is that, whether you like it or not, a fact is that your chances of meeting ‘the right person’ statically go up if you use the tool in the right way, allowing you to spend less time with the people you’re sure of you don’t love and therefore have potentially more time to spend with the person you do love, because you’ve spent less time ‘researching’ whether you like them.
So don’t get hung up in the fact that we’re talking about dating, its the optimisation process behind it that’s interesting here, which translates to one sentence as: you’re putting in less time for more result.
This is a general tendency you can observe, this is not only true in the dating world. Take the computer. The computer by itself has allowed humans to be a million times more productive and efficient than in the times before the computer, add the internet and you’ve got another exponential increase. Today you can literally start a multi-million dollar venture from your bedroom. This trend keeps on evolving with for example Artificial Intelligence, which is also starting to do its fair share of automations that are taking away what I like to call ‘security jobs’.
Security jobs are jobs that we as humans take to provide for our family, but they don’t thrill us. They are jobs that do not induce a state of awe or flow. They don’t give you the same feeling as if you were waterskiing in Bodrum ;). Passion jobs are jobs that at least once a day give you the feeling of ‘blending with time and space’.
Are we changing with this world ?
We spend an average of 90,360 hours working. That’s one third of our lives. Even if you like the life your job allows you to live, for most of your ‘good years’ a big part of your life, you’re doing things you don’t necessarily like and very probably with people you don’t deeply connect with.
Yet, we’re still racing to get an education without really taking the time to ask ourselves if the career we chose is really what we love doing. We’re starting to have access to technology that can help us get rid of our ‘security jobs’, so we can focus on creating jobs we love doing because those automations and systems still keep society running. So much of what we go to school for will be able to be taken over by tech or at least simplified by this ‘less effort, more result’ principle that we talked about with dating apps as the example, which is going at an exponential speed supported by amongst other things moore’s law.
If we continue down this path, the operating baseline of society is soon going to be run by those same bleeps and bloops offering us the chance to each of us focus on what puts us into flow. We will have more time doing what we love, what drives us, what we’re passionate about.
This is why changing the question truly matters.
In this new world, the security jobs are as good as gone. For the first time in the history of human existence we’re starting to not need the rat race anymore. We’ve had the abundance for a while now, but we’re finally coming up with the technologies that are able to manage this abundance.
Imagine for example all the farms in the world having electric machinery run by Artificial intelligence with no human intervention needed from planting to delivery. With machinery to repair and upgrade the existing machinery. Then a blockchain based system that distributes the food according to needs across the area. No human needs to be paid and we can make sure everything runs on solar and last time I checked, no one owns the sun yet. We’re then basically getting all this food for free, forever, efficiently and in harmony with nature.
This doesn’t have to be science fiction, we just have to get to work on the implementation and the societal acceptance of these ideas. Once we have this in place, we’ve got that societal baseline running. We don’t have to worry about survival anymore, this way we can start worrying about other, bigger problems such as space exploration or maybe you just want to focus all your time on being the best parent you can be to make sure you raise wonderful kids. You’ll be able to, because the ‘security jobs’ and those other energy draining things you ‘had to do to put food on the table’ will be taken care of for everybody.
This is an extreme example that illustrates what is possible today, but you can already see it in less dramatic ways in the job market today, this idea of having enough tools readily available and the access to an abundance of resources, such as the internet, to be able to acquire deep technical knowledge through your own driving force of interest.
If you’re passionate about design for example, there are a thousand (online, free) tools to teach you design. Or passionate about creating useful applications, I can’t even count the amount of (free) coding schools. Of course if you’re able to combine what you love with a degree — like me ;) — , you’ve hit the jackpot. For the coming 5 to 10 years at least, because I’m not sure about the roles of physical universities in this fast evolving world. But that’s a whole other article. The point is that there is no point anymore in trying to figure out a way to get a monopoly on certain knowledge bases to up your value as a human asset.
You won’t get paid anymore just because you know stuff. Everybody has the tools to know what you know. This makes passion, drive and willingness to learn and apply the driving factor. What you love doing becomes key.
This is why all the big companies like Google, Amazon and Apple have dropped their requirement for a college degree. Knowing and doing what you love doing is the 21st century equivalent of getting a career at the same company in the 20th century.
So, what is already a fact today is that the actual requirement for a degrees is a relic from the industrial age. Today, a degree is one of the many, many options in this world of abundant tools. This means we can focus on expressing the most human inner human that is best channeled through creativity, inspiration and flow. Not being assets. We are so much more than assets.
In very short, the reason why you should focus on figuring out what you love doing, is because you can. The sooner you figure out what you love, the sooner you can get to work with the abundance of tools available to build relevant experience in that area.
We’ve built perspektiv to do both. It helps those who aren’t sure yet, to figure out what they’re passionate about through trying all sorts of different projects and those who have found what they love, to go deeper and find the right tools to start building an extraordinary life for themselves where they are certain of at least 90 360 amazing hours in life.
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