We’re discovering that wisdom is the currency of the future.
We’re currently living in a world where knowledge is king. With the Internet and global communications, knowledge is open, everywhere, and for everyone. The pace of change is increasing exponentially.
Buckminster Fuller noticed the “Knowledge Doubling Curve” where up until 1900 human knowledge doubled every 100 years. By the end of World War II knowledge was doubling every 25 years.
Now, information is doubling every 13 months. According to IBM, the “Internet of Things” will accelerate the rate to every 12 hours. In a world where information is rapidly becoming ubiquitous, what value will it have?
The era of total knowledge brings unexpected opportunities: you can become whoever you want. You can (and must) grow into the person you want to be.
“A world of too much data, too many choices, too many possibilities and too little time is forcing us to decide what we value.” – Arianna Huffington
Stasis won’t work. Unconsciousness or not choosing won’t work either.
In the 21st century, deciding what we care about will be life’s most critical skill.
Annie Dillard said, beautifully, that how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. How we choose to spend those days.
When asked their life’s top regret, dying hospice patients say they wished they had had the courage to live a life true to themselves, not the life others had expected of them.
How do we choose?
How do we learn to guide ourselves and listen to what we really want instead of being controlled by outside messages and external influences? We all need to learn to live the life that is true to us.
The only way is to learn and practice inner discernment and self-knowledge. The only way is to learn how to hear our inner wisdom, for ourselves and for the people around us.
Of necessity, the Age of Wisdom, in my opinion, will follow the Age of Information, where the essence of leadership will be to be a servant leader.” – Steven Covey – The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness.
The 21st century will be transformed by people who know themselves and have the integrity to make choices that connect to their highest selves.
Our world is faced with all sorts of challenges, challenges that can’t be addressed with the same level of consciousness that created them.
Leaders with more information aren’t going help us. We need leaders with more wisdom, thoughtfulness, and personal integrity. If we can build a network of people willing to do that, we’ll have really changed the game.
Please join us for one of our Sunday workshop sessions in September or send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.