Evolution fascinates me in how it can be spotted in such strange places. They say that animals that “fit” into their environment are the ones that are the best at getting the resources required to survive. This is the origin of the phrase: “the survival of the fittest”. If an animal is a bad “fit” for their environment they die off.
Let’s pretend the job market is an environment and the resource that we are all competing for is money. If your particular set of skills “fit” what’s required from the market right now then you are going to “fit in” and get a good income. If you don’t fit in you are going to starve on the street.
In this post I show you why I promote self directed learning. You are going to hear about the problems facing Millennials in the coming decades and how our ability to adapt and learn will be the true skill needed for success.
How The Wild Is Like The Market
In the wild a really amazing thing happens when the environment drastically changes. Say there is a flood, or a disease, or a meteor that causes a big shift in how the environment works.
Suddenly all the animals that were a good “fit” may find themselves no longer “fitting in”. All their advantages would become disadvantages and they would start to die off. Meanwhile those animals that didn’t “fit in” in the old environment may find themselves perfectly suited to the new environment, and they would thrive.
A real estate agent in 2006 may have had a lovely fat bank account but by 2008 have found themselves on social welfare. Your success at getting money in the modern working environment all depends on how well your skillset fits into the current situation.
This is how evolution works. As an environment changes the animals with the skills that “fit” the situation will survive, those without the right skills will fail. Overtime, because the environment is always changing, the skills that are the most reliable will remain. That’s why most animals have eyes.
How Humans Entered the Scene
We Humans were very special animals. We developed a skill that was really reliable in surviving any chaotic changes in the environment. This skill was learning.
Learning allowed us Humans to pick up whatever skill was necessary in order to survive in a environment. If we lived beside a lake we would fish, but if the lake dried up we would quickly learn to hunt. Learning gave us the power to adapt to any environment, and it is obvious that it worked: we have taken over the world in a way no animal ever has.
The ability to adapt to the environment is the key to success.
…But there are big changes on the horizon.
The Challenge Facing All Millennials
All generations have challenges which they must overcome. A generation learns from their parents the skills their parents used to survive in the environment they had to adapt to.
Then the environment changes, and the skills that their parents pass on become redundant. The budding generation then has to discover a new way of life that will work in whatever the environment has become.
If they succeed they then become parents themselves and pass on what they learned, only to see their kids reject them as times change and try to establish a new way.
Interestingly, this pattern has gotten more intense, and faster in the past two hundred years, because the environment is changing so quickly thanks to rapid revolutions in technology and societies.
But there are whispers of huge change in the environment for humans, and not just climate change – we’re talking economic, social, and political. The entire world is going to change a gear, and in order for the people of this generation to compete we are going to have to adapt…
…Or waste away.
Keen observers are beginning to identify many of the challenges that we will have to overcome, but for simplicity sake I am going to focus on three of the biggest ones on the horizon.
1 – Mother Nature Is Pissed
Firstly, you know all about this one, the climate is currently changing, and many suggest for the worse. This would normally not be a huge problem because as we said: us Humans are incredibly good at adapting to changing environments – especially when we have a lot of time to prepare.
We are aware, willing, and able to fix this problem – but our way of life is proving to be our greatest obstacle. That is the way of life we inherited from our parents.
This way of life revolves around the economic market – which is really just a tool for getting the most out of the world’s resources. Unfortunately, the idiotic use of the market to exploit natural resources have pissed Mother Nature off big time.
The earth is beginning to react to humanity like the way your body reacts to a virus – it is raising it’s temperature in order to kill us off. The environment is literally turning against us.
The best way to adapt to this challenge is to reimagine how we use the tool called “the economy,” but there is writing on the wall about that too…
2 – The Economy is About to Collapse
That big financial meltdown that happened in 2007 is probably going to happen again – only some are claiming that it will be worse. The people pulling the strings in the economy are doing all sorts of dodgey moves that probably will end badly.
If the economy collapses then the social environment this generation are living in will change massively – governments may fall, money may become valueless, there is even the possibility of war. To adapt to such intense changes many of the skills we have inherited from our parents will be practically useless – but why?
The way we get resources out of the economy is through our jobs. The job market is an environment that we have to “fit” into. Many of the skills we have learned have no other purpose than to “get us a job”. The education system constructed by our “elders” has in recent years increasingly focused on making us job suitable – not adaptable.
Those that will thrive will be the ones who can learn the necessary skills faster than the competition. But even if you succeed in beating your rivals for the prize jobs – there is a greater challenge you will have to beat…
…The rise of the machines.
3 – Robot’s Are Going To Take Our Jobs
Lastly, this is a real issue that very few people are telling young people about – watch this video until the end:
In short – Artificial intelligence is going to completely fuck up the job market. Some say by 2025 one in three people will be replaced by robots. In the long run this is a good thing – as all of us will get our basic needs thanks to the work of robots and be truly free to pursue our passions. This may well lead to an actual Utopia.
But it will not be a smooth transition – in the meantime the people in possession of the economy will not be compassionate. Millennials who are improperly educated to this changing environment will struggle for many years to survive as our society learns to readapt.
The current waves of brutal betrayal of young people, the exposure and distrust of the mainstream media, and the rise of political aggression to establish some sort of order will only get more intense.
But as we learned from Nature itself – such chaos also means that there is a great potential for success for anybody who can adapt.
How Do You Adapt To Change?
The solution to all of these problems is down to our natural ability to learn to adapt. The better our learning skills – the better we can adapt to the adversity of our times and overcome them.
All Humans have the capacity to learn to adapt but there are many other factors that determine a person’s success:
Do they have the intelligence to even realize how important adaption is to their survival?
Do they have the creativity to imagine how they could go beyond mere survival and actually thrive in their environment by embracing their learning power?
Do they have the independence to develop something that their authority figures are not telling them to do?
Do they have the motivation to actually commit to developing the skills that will be required?
Do they have the courage to believe in themselves?
If a young person from any generation can foster these traits within themselves, and really become good at learning new skills as fast and effectively as possible – they then are prime candidates for succeeding in whatever challenge their environment presents them.
It is one of the responsibilities of the elders of a society to educate the young as to these broader skills like learning, independence, and courage. As these traits – like eyesight in the animal kingdom – prove to be very effective no matter what the situation.
Unfortunately our elders have failed us in this department – do you ever remember taking a class on “how to learn”, “how to develop courage”, “how to think critically”?
How The Education System Has Failed Us Millennials
Schools teach great subjects like Computer Programming, Mathematics, and Business, but the school system itself is actually patterned after factories which churn out “batches” of “job ready” graduates every year.
This method truly worked for many years – but in light of coming changes – putting yourself in thousands of dollars of debt for the sake of a career that might not even exist in fifteen years seems a bit… Stupid.
The “batches” that the universities are churning out as of late are already beginning to realize just how poorly adapted they are to the environment now that they are working in mainly dead end jobs, and what’s more, everything is changing so fast, that a degree you choose that seems promising at the time may be nearly useless by the time you qualify four years later.
What Is The Solution?
I am not saying do not go to college. They are brilliant institutions for learning and especially meeting likeminded people.
But – do not enter one with any illusions: How is a stale system going to teach you the skills you will need considering that the environment is about to change dramatically.
It is your responsibility to overcome this challenge – alone. You have to learn how to educate yourself, because it’s only through your own courage and innovation will you be able to adapt to whatever changes are on the horizon.
No college is going to prepare you for life, just like no priest will prepare you for death.
You have to take your power back and secure your own future, by learning how to develop skills. It is skills that lead to success.
In Conclusion: What Action Do We Need To Take?
The new environment will require skills that don’t even exist yet
Effective learning will be the key to any young person’s success in the coming decades – those who do not commit to learning how to learn will be the ones who cannot adapt to the new environment. They will be the complainers who get left behind
No matter what your life situation is there is only one way forward – you have to rise to the occasion, learn the skills you need, and perform when the moment comes. It is through the excellence of the individual that the group thrives. This is why we worship heroes.