“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” (Toffler) What does that mean for us? First, let’s consider what jobs that we have had to unlearn. For example, icemen, (those people that delivered your ice in a horse drawn truck), switchboard operators (usually ladies that directed telephone calls by placing connected wires into sockets), elevator operators (who ran the elevator for you directing you to your floor) and, copy boys (young boys who ran pages to another department in a newspaper) just to name a few. I am sure you can think of many more. These are examples of obsolete jobs that were unlearned. So, what do you do? “Will I be obsolete in my job, too?” you ask? The short answer is probably. For those of us that can look for and develop their own opportunities, there is hope. If you are not acting, then you will allow someone else to act for you. Because change is always happening, consider it as the ultimate “life constant”. Become flexible in your learning; let go of what does not serve you. How you choose your opportunities is not only essential for your future survival, but for your chance to thrive. Change is difficult for most, but through your ability to be an unlearner, you can make change successful. I help people make the unlearning shift. For more information, contact me

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