In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever to cultivate the skills and mindset necessary to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate – The Digital Era is enabling “A Growth Mindset in the Age of Abundance”’ – keeping up can be a challenge.
Being a 21st century human means being adaptable, flexible, and technologically literate.
So what can you do to become a 21st century human?
1. Embrace Lifelong Learning
One of the most important things you can do to become a 21st century human is to embrace lifelong learning. This means being curious and constantly seeking new knowledge and skills, whether it’s through formal education or informal learning opportunities. In the digital age, new technologies and tools are constantly emerging, and staying up-to-date on the latest trends and developments is essential for staying relevant. Online learning is bringing new opportunities to learn new skills rapidly and through the growth of the internet you can find information quickly.
2. Develop Digital Literacy
Another key aspect of being a 21st century human is developing digital literacy. This means having a basic understanding of how digital technologies work, as well as the ability to use them effectively. Some key digital literacy skills include:
- Basic computer skills, such as typing, using a mouse, and navigating software programs
- Online communication skills, such as email etiquette, video conferencing, and instant messaging
- Social media skills, such as creating and managing profiles, sharing content, and engaging with others
- Cybersecurity awareness, such as understanding the risks of online behavior and how to protect your personal information
Another Digital Literacy skill you may wish to undertake is to learn a programming language. Not necessarily to become a programmer, but to understand how code works and how to read code. There are plenty of resources online and videos on learning and picking up these skills.
3. Cultivate Soft Skills
While technical skills are important, being a 21st century human also requires cultivating soft skills such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving. These skills are essential for working effectively in a team, managing conflicts, and adapting to change. Some ways to develop these skills include:
- Volunteering or participating in community activities
- Joining a club or organization related to your interests
- Taking courses or workshops on communication and leadership
- Build on you Quotients (Using the best of the Q Continuum)
4. Stay Current with Industry Trends
To be successful in the 21st century, it’s important to stay current with industry trends and developments. This means keeping up with news and developments in your field, attending conferences and networking events, and staying connected with colleagues and industry experts. Some ways to stay informed include:
- Create and maintain your Personal Knowledge Management System – PKMS (Personal Knowledge Management System – Revised for 2023)
- Following industry publications and blogs
- Participating in online forums and communities
- Attending conferences and workshops
- Write your own blog to reinforce your learning (Thinking of Blogging?)
5. Be Adaptable and Resilient
Finally, being a 21st century human means being adaptable and resilient in the face of change. This means being willing to learn new skills, take on new challenges, and embrace new technologies and tools. It also means being able to bounce back from setbacks and failures, and to persevere in the face of obstacles.
Becoming a 21st century human isn’t something that happens overnight, it takes time to develop yourself and change your mindset, but through taking regular steps you can change your habits to be a 21st century human.
Whether you’re just starting out in your career or looking to make a change, cultivating these skills and qualities can help you navigate the ever-changing landscape of the 21st century. (2020 – The Age of Ambiguity)
Digital Mindset Tools – Second Brain
Having the Right Digital Mindset
Using the best of the Q Continuum
Personal Knowledge Management System – Revised for 2023