How To Thrive In The Age Of Uncertainty
We have entered a new age of uncertainty. Capital and production have become more digital, more mobile, and more globally widespread.
The days of walking into General Motors, I.B.M., or General Electric at the age of 20 and walking out 45 years later with a gold watch and a pension are as dead as the Dodo. What started out in the 1980’s or so is reaching it’s inevitable conclusion. As capital and production become more digital, more mobile, and more globally widespread, the margins have become thinner in a lot of these former “legacy” industries. They have not died out, but the workers have become more interchangeable and replaceable in this new age of uncertainty.
Well then, what do we do about it?
I. First, stop moping about how someone else has a bigger slice of the cake than you do. Unlike what I was told as a Generation Y youth, “everybody gets a trophy”, that does not exactly work out in real life. Not fair? Too bad, life isn’t fair. Kids in Bangladesh and India don’t all get trophies either. They are too busy learning math or being exploited by our multinational corporations for chicken feed.
II. Develop a health and exercise regime and stick with it. This one is going to save your life and your mental health in the long run. Some of you reading this may be in High School or College and/or near that age. You have young bodies that can do a lot, but you have to take care of them because you will need them later. No time will be easier than right now for you to get in shape. Find a program that works for you and remain with it. When we are 50, our knees (and other joints) will thank us profusely.
III. If you are male, work on your game. Go out and talk to girls and start today. I would consider this a necessary life skill for young men. Why? Because men with good game equate to men who are good at job interviews. These are the men who land rewarding careers through making women click better than the man before him. It seems really unfair, but that is the red pill truth. After all, what gender makes up the majority of HR recruiters who hold our entire financial futures in their hands? Is it 24-year-old women or 24-year-old men? Hmmmmm….
IV. If you are still in school, remember that it’s your job to learn all day. Only take ‘English’ if you are not proficient in it. Otherwise, these days there is not a lot of reward in the liberal arts or humanities (sorry that’s just the red pill truth). Skip political science and the various flavors of “Oppression Studies” at your Cultural Marxist institution of higher learning. They all treat straight white males like they are the devil incarnate, while everyone else is painted out as an angelic victim incapable of their own sins (which is equally untrue).
V. Learn a language or two, but keep it relevant. I’m a big fan of Spanish, Portuguese and Russian (in that order). French sounds wonderful, but it has been on the downward slope in it’s international significance for decades. Arabic is another major language, but it has many different spoken dialects and they surprisingly have a fairly low amount of mutual intelligibility. As for jumping on the Mandarin bandwagon, I think that learning Chinese will not be as beneficial as you would like to think it is.
The Chinese themselves simply must learn the Roman Alphabet, and how to formulate the sounds and conjunctions of our letters, if they wish to make their mark on the 21st century globe for business and travel. The Roman Alphabet is the primary script of North America, South America, Oceania, Europe, most of Africa, and co-official with other scripts in South Asia and parts of the Middle East. Who has more to benefit, the Chinese learning a Roman script language (English, English, English) or us learning Chinese?
VI. Become an entrepreneur. Let me tell you this, If you can develop a skill or niche that makes you indispensable (like running a successful and profitable website) you’re golden. Make yourself indispensable, and disappear somewhere that makes you happy. Hopefully this place has an even lower cost of living (and less regulations and more personal freedom) than North America, Australia, New Zealand, or Northern Europe. I predict that parts of South America (Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay, etc) are going to see a considerable influx of digital nomads and expatriates as the years and decades press on.
VII. If you are wondering about college (if you are still under 18), there is a strong case for not going, now, based on the insane capital costs. This is a way for banks to enslave you now. You spend and spend and spend on tuition, the universities get rich, give the money to the banks to manage (the cash that they do not use to “redistribute wealth”), while the banks turn you into wage slaves. If I could do the whole college age scenario (18-22) all over again, I’d think about becoming a plumber. Plumbing is one of the highest paid trades, and Google isn’t going to fix anyone’s toilet for them.
VIII. Learn how to handle money, and avoid debt like the plague. We live in a consumer society where everyone has to have the ‘next big thing’ even though it will add little new satisfaction to your life (Iphone 6 anyone?). A “need” in the United States or Australia is simply a “want” to most other global cultures. Try and save as much cash as feasibly possible without being a miser, and learn about investing. Sure the stock market is a total casino, but you should still understand it, especially if you have an IRA or a 401K.
IX. Finally, you’re not going to learn anything really important in school that’s going to help you get through life. Seriously, it’s not. Go out and live it. I believe in you and encourage you to manifest the life which is true to yourself.