Are You Ready For The Future?

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.” (George Burns, 1983)

While it is important to predict the future, it may be a tough call.

The landscape will be shaped by imponderables such as new discoveries, black swans, and technological disruptions.

How the future unfolds will depend on choices of different individuals and groups. They are operating in an increasingly interconnected and at the same time multipolar world.

The future is going to be characterized by a faster rate of change. It has been described as being volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA).

It can make or break you, and also make the most out of your life or a mess out of it.

That’s why notwithstanding the challenges in predicting the future, you need to be prepared for all plausible scenarios.

The questions that begs to be answered are:

Are you ready for it?

Have you future-proof yourself for success?

Do you have the attitude, knowledge, skills, and behavior to make the most of the increasing levels of unpredictability and change?

To respond to the above questions, you have to obviously believe that you have the capacity and capability to make a difference to how to you live and thrive in the future.

You also need to believe that you do not have to be a passive consumer of the future, you can be an active contributor to its development.

Your future does not have to be an unchangeable reality. It can be a  controllable possibility.

You need to have the faith to imagine and articulate future scenarios and the courage to fight for your desired future.

Besides being sensitive and responsive to the changing environment, you need to ensure that you have what it takes to exploit even the worst possibilities.

You need to develop the capacity, ability and adaptability to survive and succeed in it.

To be future-ready, you must have a passion for learning and the ability to learn how to learn.

You must know how to harness information, think critically, and be able to constantly improve yourself so as to achieve better results.

It is sad that many people after completing their formal education
have not read a single academic journal, or attend another educational course

In a fast-changing world, they are moving towards irrelevance and obsolescence.

To shape your future, you need to not only be a recipient and distributor of third-party knowledge.

Through effective and ongoing learning, you can also research, generate, and implement new and better knowledge to make necessary changes to your environment.

In addition, you need to develop a range of meta-skills.

These are skills that are robust and durable and they can help you develop other skills to approach and capitalise on the future.

They include critical thinking skills, leadership skills, emotional and cultural intelligence skills, and self-directed learning skills.

As info-communication technology is one of the most powerful influencers of the future, you need to know to harness it for your ongoing improvement and results.

Instead of focusing on the mastery of technology for its own sake, you need to learn how to update yourself on the latest changes.

You need to learn how to acquire, deploy, and manage technology to help you achieve your desired dream and goals.

It is likely that there will be potentially more natural crisis and other kinds of turbulence ahead of us. You need to cultivate problem-solving skills to deal with them.

You need to know how to handle failures and build up your resilience so that you will be able to exploit the silver lining in every dark cloud.

In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, you must know how to connect and communicate with the others in the global community.

You must know how to work with people that subscribe to different creed and custom and are from a different culture, community, and country.

You must have the cultural intelligence and competence to collaborate with them.

You must have the skills to work with them to co-create solutions for current as well as future challenges.

I hope these few points will trigger you to devote more thoughts about your future. With the help of our Creator, you will rise up to shape your destiny.

The future is up for grabs.

Are you ready for it?

Go4It!

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

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/

Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net

Please read my reflections and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!

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About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on https://m.facebook.com/patrickliewsg Visit my Inspiration blog at https://liewinspiration.wordpress.com/ For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at http://hsrpatrickliew.wordpress.com/ Please visit my website, http://www.patrickliew.net Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. Life is FUNtastic!

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