It’s Time To Future-Proof Yourself.

by Patrick Liew on July 31, 2018

It’s Time To Future-Proof Yourself.

To future-proof yourself, you need to develop what I called the 4Ms.

First, mindset.

More specifically, a future-ready mindset.

In the past, you need to go to school to prepare yourself for a job and career.

In the future, to have a stable, secure and sustainable job and career, you need to commit yourself to lifelong learning.

Cultivate new attitudes, knowledge, skills, and working styles to achieve success in the workplace and society.

Develop future-proof imagination and qualities to respond to and leverage on advanced technology and other possible disruptions.

These qualities include strengthening your responsibility capacity, capability, creativity, agility, adaptability and tenacity to respond to a fast changing and challenging world.

Secondly, metacognitive skills.

Metacognitive skills are higher-order cognitive skills to help you learn how to learn and improve on how to improve so as to achieve the highest possible level of learning outcomes and results.

These are skills that can be built upon and cross-fertilized to develop other skills so that they can better respond to changing requirements in the communities, workplaces and society.

Meta skills include fluid intelligence skills, creativity and innovative skills, and leadership and emotional intelligence.

Thirdly, multiple intelligences

In 1983, Howard Gardner posited that there are multiple intelligences.

Unfortunately, many schools have focused mainly on a narrow perspective of helping students develop their logical and linguistic intelligence.

It bodes well to remember that moral intelligence is just as important as intelligence of the intellect.

Altruistic intelligence can be more important than logical intelligence.

Taking action is more important than just acquiring information.

You have a unique set of gifts, talents and interests.

You need to develop your strengths and pursue positive passions, values, and aspirations.

Expand your potential and leverage on your strengths to optimize your contributions to the people and environment around you.

Therefore, you need to develop yourself in a holistic and balanced way.

Know how to research and create knowledge and apply them in unfamiliar settings, including new and unfamiliar spaces of the new economy.

To do that, you need to leverage on multiple intelligences.

Lastly, mastery of skills.

In the new economy, you cannot afford to just become a specialist in a designated field of discipline.

You need to train yourself in a more holistic, multidisciplinary, and chaos-responsive way so that you can have the deep skills set to pursue different pathways of excellence.

With an effective mindset, metacognitive skills, multiple intelligences, and mastery of skills, you will be in a better position to become pioneers, performers and pacesetters in the future economy.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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