Surviving the Modern World Jungle

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The world is changing so fast that keeping up the pace is a matter of survival, like in the jungle.

Most of the role models we use to look up to for advice, such as our parents, our teachers or our bosses are way out of shape.

Their model of the world is already expired.

We don’t want a safe job, a house, a car, a marriage. We don’t want security.

As a matter of fact, we want quite the opposite.

We crave experiences, learning, growth, contribution. All things we can find only out of our comfort-zone.

For us, spending 40 years working in the same place, with the same people, doing the same things for the sake of financial security, is the ultimate nightmare.

One could say we are being ungrateful. We have been given all the perks and benefits we could ever imagine: food, shelter, clothes, education, technology, holidays and what not. All thanks to those jobs and life style we now repudiate so much.

But the truth is that to really pay back what we have been given, we should not live the same life of our parents, making the same mistakes.

Our duty is to live a better life. Our duty is to take a step forward.

Women used to die when giving birth. They paid the highest price for their child. Does it mean that women today should pay the same price? Of course not. We learn and we improve. That’s how evolution works.

The 10 most important skills demanded by 2020, according to the World Economic Forum, are the following:

Complex Problem Solving
Critical Thinking
Creativity
People Management
Coordinating with Others
Emotional Intelligence
Judgment and Decision Making
Service Orientation
Negotiation
Cognitive flexibility

Basically, all things you have to learn on your own.

My humble advice: question everything you do, travel as much as possible, learn a new language, read good books, create content of any kind, have good conversations with your peers, play some sport, try to help others, find mentors and new leaders to follow, explore the Bright Side of YouTube, learn new skills such as cooking, playing an instrument, public speaking or whatever you like.

In other words: invest in yourself!

At the end of the day it’s a jungle, baby! Are you going to survive? :)

Author: Dario Villirilli

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