No matter where we are in life, it’s important to treat every person with respect. Whether you’re a Nobel prize-winning Chemist or a Janitor at the local elementary school, we are all human beings, not human doings.
There is a quote that goes something like this,
“If you’re living in the past, then you’re depressed. If you’re living in the future, you’re anxious. You need to be present.”
With more than 260 million people in the United States with smartphones, we literally have the world in the palm of our hands. In the next 50 years, there will not be a generation alive that will know a world without having these luxuries.
Until that day comes, there is going to be a large generational gap that we are currently fighting against with Baby Boomers vs. Millennials & Generation Z. The problem isn’t with the younger generation, but with the older generation (not all of them) not being familiar with the world that we live in.
This is the reason why continuous education is extremely important.
Even if you’re a doctor who spent 50 years (possible exaggeration) obtaining the skills in order to cure cancer. We are all inhabitants of an ever-changing environment due to technology.
Technology is the innovation that drives the economies of the world.
Think about how important the invention of the wheel was. Without it, there wouldn’t haven’t been a horse and buggy, then the bicycle, automobiles, and eventually flying machines that we call airplanes.
As innovative as it was to invent the telegraph, it’s much quicker to send a message to someone via e-mail.
At the current rate, if Millennials & Generation Z discontinue their education after school, they too will find themselves in work environments that they don’t understand.
And what we don’t’ understand we fear.
Let’s not live in fear, but live in abundance of continuous education. Otherwise, you too will find yourself on the receiving end of the “Ok Boomer” reference.
Joshua Krafchick CRPC®, EA