Wayne Gretzky and the modern economy | IN 60 SECONDS

Wayne Gretzky — arguably the greatest
hockey player of all time — said he didn’t skate to the puck, but to where the puck
was going. Ice hockey is a fluid, unpredictable game. He couldn’t know how
the game would develop, so he practiced his skating and his stick handling. Today’s
labor market is like that. Every month, millions of jobs are created and
eliminated. Technology is changing how jobs are done at an even faster pace. The
skills of today can be obsolete tomorrow. What’s a human to do? Like Gretzky we
should all focus on the basics. First is mastery of reading, writing, and math.
Second: technological literacy. We don’t all need to be coders, but we have to be
able to understand and use data and software. Third, we need to develop our
most human qualities: creativity, intuition, and empathy. Don’t fight the machines — transcend them. A dynamic, growing economy creates new opportunities every
day, but just like Gretzky, we have to have the skills to take advantage of
them and to skate to where the puck is going. What do you think makes for career
success? Let us know in our poll. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like our
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Gretzky was one in a billion you cant build a stable economy let alone a society expecting everyone to perform at an unattainable level.
    Or become a pensioner at 38.

  2. I've spent my entire career of 38 years in high tech. My advice to young people is "Stay the hell away from High Tech".

    I've had more jobs and companies evaporate under my feet than I could shake a stick at. You cannot raise a family under circumstances like that.

    Ignore this man's advice and pick a field that is super-stable. Be an accountant, or a lawyer, or a doctor. None of those industries have ever had to contend with being shipped offshore, and that should be your test.

    What is more, the market likes high tech but expects to pay little or nothing for it, thanks to a long line of tech players who cratered the pricing in their attempt to grab total market dominance. That means there is always constant downward pressure on your pay.

    And don't get me started on intellectual property theft. The Chinese just out-and-out steal it.

    High tech is interesting to do when you are in your twenties, but eventually that industry will chew you up and spit you out.

    Ignore this advice that says 'just be nimble and be prepared to change'. That applies to the users of technology, not the makers.

    Stay the hell out of high tech. Get a job in a think tank doling out idiotic advice instead.

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