There is simple learning, which is learning how to do the same things better.
Then, there is generative learning, which is learning how to do new things.
For almost two hundred years, the industrial economy has valued simple learning. Do what you did yesterday, only faster and cheaper. This made us all very rich. It worked for a long time until the internet.
Thanks to the internet, we are no longer in the industrial economy, we are in the connection economy. The rules of the connection economy are totally different. We don’t know what to do next because there is no map, no step-by-step instructions. No one has done what we are doing right now.
Yet, what we see is people still waiting to be told what to do next. Waiting for the next big thing, while the internet and smart phones and Google are all staring right at us.
In 50 years from now, people will marvel that we were around when the internet started. Going to do the thing you always wanted to do, starting a movement, making a difference, may never be easier than it is today.
[Happy New Years, I hope that this year you will challenge yourself to learn something completely new. Learn how to code, blog every day, exercise more, read something that will stretch you, try a new sport, start a business, go vote. Go do that thing you always wanted to do.]