While there is no one answer to the above questions, we can possibly look for solutions by first studying the environment and then searching within ourselves. Chances are, many probabilities and possibilities discovered along the way will translate into valuable opportunities.
THE WORLD IS CHANGING – SO CAN WE!
If a lily leaf in a pond doubles itself each day (1, 2, 4...), and the pond is full of leaves on Day 30. The pond is half filled with leaves on Day 29. If the leaf is an opportunity, by the time people realise
it on Day 29, they will have only one day to react. The world today is characterised by exponential changes like the growth of a lily leaf. What we see now as mere handful of jobs or assignments or gig will become mainstream sooner than we think. Therefore, sensing early and responding swiftly is key to success in career transition.
POSSIBILITIES ARE LIMITED ONLY BY OUR IMAGINATION
There are two ways to arrange two objects, six ways to arrange three objects, and 3,628,800 or 10 X 9 X 8 X 7 X 6 X 5 X 4 X 3 X 1 ways to arrange 10 objects. Possibilities multiply as the world gets more interconnected. Therefore, as long as we remain open-minded to explore, adapt and innovate, and have faith that there are solutions to problems, it is easy to realise that many new jobs and new ways to earn a living have emerged in the past few years. And these possibilities continue to grow.
THE WORLD IS THE WAY IT IS BECAUSE OF OUR PERCEPTION
The last time the human brain had a major upgrade was about 120,000 years ago. Much has changed since then. The information complexity and the resulting emotional stress that the human brain needs to deal with is vastly beyond what we can comfortably handle today. That is why when faced with infinite possibilities in a fast changing world, our limited human brains experience the world as a reflection of our beliefs, attitudes, and values. Thus, in order to fully maximise the potential offered by an interconnected world, we should explore all opportunities openly and bravely rather than focusing on a couple. Whoever says our skills can only be on hire by one company and not a few on a shared basis?
THE RIGHT MINDSET IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
A change in how we see the world makes the world occur to us differently and hence we act differently. It is therefore important to be mindful of our emotions and thoughts and consciously adopt the ones which are helpful for our circumstances. For instance, when confronted with an unexpected job loss, instead of rushing to find the next job, we should take some time off to reflect and do things we have always wanted such as spending time with our family – giving our emotional wounds time to heal – if financial resources allow. However, if the situation disallows, emotions should still be kept in check before applying for a job or going for an interview because it is counter productive to go into an interview or a new job feeling fearful and anxious.
WE ARE THE ADVANTAGE WE NEED TO GET AHEAD
Nature shows that animals who have developed a unique edge, adapting to the changes in the external environment, survive as a species. Similarly, to stay relevant, each of us needs to find our edge, and continuously practise and strengthen it. Besides frequently taking stock of our strongest skills and how they can apply to the environment we operate in, we should also stay abreast of new trends and learn new skills by doing projects in these areas to maintain our advantage.
THE LAW OF PROBABILITY ALWAYS APPLIES
As long as we diligently embrace a positive mindset, and keep a strong edge and keen attitude towards exploring possibilities, the law of probability suggests that repeated actions will eventually bring about a good outcome. Each setback is not a mistake or failure, but an opportunity to learn about ourselves, the job market and other possibilities, like the gig economy. So let’s keep our heads up and keep going – no matter the challenges – because it is a matter of time before we realise our envisioned future.