May 28, 2017

Gates, Zuckerberg, the future of Jobs, and EQ

Tomorrow’s jobs require a different way of thinking.

MSN Money published an article on May 28, 2017 that shared insights from Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg during speeches where their messages were quite alarming about the future of employment. Zuckerberg’s comments came from a commencement speech where he told the crowd, “Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks. When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community. But today, technology and automation are eliminating many jobs. Membership in communities is declining. Many people feel disconnected and depressed, and are trying to fill a void.” In February, 2017, Gates delivered a similar message.

Of course, with both of these men being among the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, they shared their thoughts on entrepreneurism. Zuckerberg said, “Let me tell you a secret: Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started,” he said. “If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook. Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started.”

What great encouragement for all the people around the world who have an idea, a thought, a belief that they feel can change the lives of others! So many people I have worked with tell me that they have thought, “No, this will never work”, or, things like, ‘I’m not good enough, smart enough, connected enough, financially strong enough, resourceful enough, etc. to bring this to reality.’ And, they were right! If they think it won’t, it won’t. If they think they can’t, they can’t. However, if they think they can and they take massive action, then the idea, thought, or belief has life and potential breathed into it! This goes beyond what some call “the power of positive thinking”. This is based on science; Neuroscience and Quantum Physics.

For instance, Quantum Physics is beginning to understand how our thoughts create and influence reality through a curious phenomenon known as the Observer Effect. Most people don’t realize that the physical world is actually made up of 99.99999% empty space and is held together by a mysterious and little-understood web of energy. This web is the fabric of the universe and “reality” as we know it. This web is influenced by, and reacts to, our thoughts. This has led many scientists to believe that human consciousness is ‘fundamental’ to reality — meaning it creates reality and not the other way around.

So, the next time you have an idea, thought, or belief you feel can impact others, maybe even the entire globe, give it life by meditating and visualizing the future you wish to create! (Contact me if you would like to learn my process that includes visualization, meditation, and mindfulness called Dynamic Visualization.)

In Gates’ comment, he included an interesting asterisk to the future of employment. He said, “robots should free up labor and give graduates an opportunity to focus on jobs that only let us do a better job of reaching out to the elderly, having smaller class sizes, helping kids with special needs. You know, all of those are things where human empathy and understanding are still very, very unique.”

So, Gates gives you a way to find “robot-proof” careers, at least for now. They include composers and artists, nurse practitioners, home health aides, elder care specialists, child care workers, youth directors, early educators and human resources executives.

A report released by one career firm concluded. “Recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff, plus consulting with top executives on strategic planning is hardly imitable by a robot.” So, there are a few more careers to add to the list.

Now I want to draw your attention, not so much to the jobs themselves in that comment and those of Gates, but to the types of jobs and the skills needed. More than ever before, empathy and understanding are, and will be, needed for a successful career. This means raising our level of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) for sustained careers. Study after study has shown that EQ is more important than IQ for job success, especially the higher a person rises in an organization. Now, it appears EQ will be a necessary component of everyone’s career.

How does a person acquire Emotional Intelligence? There are many companies that will train you to exhibit the behaviors of a person with Emotional Intelligence. However, EQ isn’t something you learn. EQ is something you are. In other words, Emotional Intelligence comes from within. This is where Neuroscience comes into play. Neuroscience has proven that we “feel” people before we intellectualize them. Dr. V.S. Ramachandran at San Diego University and world-renowned neuroscientist says people sense us and our intentions before we speak a word. Scary, right?

This “aura”, or presence, we emit starts in our brain. Again, Neuroscience has proven that the more Delta brain waves a person has, the more aware they are of their emotions and those of others; meaning, the more Emotionally Intelligent they are. With that said, how does a person acquire more Delta waves? More Emotional Intelligence? More presence that attracts people?

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+++++++++++++++About Dr. Edward Lewellen++++++++++++++++++++

Dr. Edward Lewellen is an expert in creating methodologies for people to learn to use their mind; their beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors, and put them back in control of their lives and become top-producers. He is a Master Executive Coach, leadership and sales expert, and keynote speaker for some of the largest global organizations.

Author of The 90-Second Mind Manager