Introduction to Essential Skills
First, A story...
radio had been invented in 1895 by an Italian fellow named
Marconi. In 1900 there was yet to be a single commercial radio
broadcast. The median household income was $438 a year, that's $8.42
a week, not a lot by today’s standards. The comic book would not
appear until 1904, color photography appears in 1907, and mom made
most of the clothes the family would wear. Indoor plumbing was just
|You get the idea: By the time my
grandmother was laid to rest in 2001 she had experienced the most
radically changed century in the history of the world. The
rhetorical question was asked, "What will YOU experience in your
lifetime?" And then another question quickly followed, "How can we
best prepare for the changes we'll surely experience?"
It wasn't that long ago that our very progressive society assigned very different roles for men and women than we see today. The ad from the 1950s on the right here speaks volumes. Women were treated like petulant children.
So how Do we prepare for a future we can only guess and dream about? The answer is a multifaceted one. Just like the future, it's not easy. One thing for certain is that we're going to have to work up to our potential. It isn't cool to be a slacker anymore.
Dereck Amato is an interesting case study. He's the fellow that was partying around a pool, leaped into the shallow end, hit his head, sustained a concussion, went to his friend John's house, sat down at the piano, and became an impresario--in six hours. The moral of this story: Whack your head really hard, reprogram your brain, and become a professional musician.
John Sarkin was the other case study we examined. Sarkin, a chiropractor, was playing golf, bent down to pick up his tee, had a brain aneurysm, required brain surgery, had a big part of the left lobe of his cerebellum removed, and became a famous visual artist. The moral of this story: Have a chunk of your brain removed and become an artist.
Both of these men achieved a state we're calling Peak Performance by reprogramming their brains. Both of these men unlocked hidden talents that may just exist in all of us. Short of taking a shot to the head or undergoing brain surgery another question arose: How do we achieve peak performance?
Joel Barker, the futurist--business consultant, presented his earth shaking research on Paradigms in a video intended for Fortune 500 companies. The neat thing about looking at Barker is that we put him to the test. He's a futurist, right? Well, how did the things he predicted long ago turn out? We took a look at what he was saying twenty years ago and found that he's dead on! Needless to say, we're borrowing from his playbook to design a game plan we can use to succeed in the 21st Century.
Next up: Learning Theories
Thankfully, there's a new "smoking paradigm."
(No, this is not intended to encourage magical thinking...)