In the not so distant future, 99 percent of our jobs will be replaced by robots, but the one thing that will set yourself apart is your voice. All skills are capable of being replaced, your voice, however, cannot be replaced – at least not yet. Your story cannot be replaced. The way you do things you do and why you do what you do cannot be replaced.
In the not so distant future, everybody will have to strengthen their voices. The resume will be dead. If you don’t have a blog, YouTube channel, or some sort of media outlet that lets your employers find out a little more about who you are as a human being, then you’ll be out of the race. Why? Because nothing will differentiate you from the robots doing exactly what you’re doing, but better, faster and cheaper.
In the not so distant future, our bios will no longer just be our names, where we’re from, and what schools we’ve attended. When people click the “About Page” on our blog, (because you have one now), it tells us your story of origin, what motivates you, and ultimately what in the world you are doing here and why we should care.
In the not so distant future, traveling will be a requirement. It is your duty to travel and see as much of the world as you possibly can. It is a crime not to. You live in the most abundant time in the world. We have planes that fly across the sky at 600 miles per hour and can get you halfway around the world in less than 24 hours. If you aren’t traveling and opening your eyes as much as you can, then what are you doing?
In the not so distant future, being as human as possible will be all the rage. That means hanging out with your friends in person. Handwriting letters. Not giving any fucks about likes and followers. And being really damn emotional. The curated facade of perfection the Internet allows will come crashing down, and we will be left with nothing but humans. I can’t wait.
In the not so distant future, you will have to break down that perfect facade of yours and tell your story. You will have to express your true self. If you don’t, you won’t be able to tell yourself apart from that robot sitting right next to you, which will inevitably lead to a psychotic meltdown and lead to questions like, “Am I really human? Or am I just another robot?” But you are a smart human being, and you are reading this so you won’t let that happen.
In the not so distant future, we will all be storytellers.
What to do?
Start expressing yourself now. No, I don’t mean with cars, clothes and million-dollar homes. I mean with your voice. Write your thoughts down on a napkin. Start a blog. Hop on that dance floor. Be yourself. Love yourself. Tell your story. Start now, and get used to it. That’s all we got. We have robotic arms and legs that can do all the moving for us now. We have computers to crunch all the numbers and billions of other smartphone applications to do all the thinking for us. There is nothing, however, that can come up with a story that is as unique as your life. Then again, none of that matters if you don’t speak up. So speak up! Your future depends on it.
by Jason Lam