In human history, this time we live in – the information age – so far has been the best time to be a human. We can all see how magical this age is, with the use of computers and other gadgets.
somebody can literally start a career and become an expert from home with just basically, internet connection, patience and hard work.
Technology has made profound effects in our lives and it’s now becoming an indispensable tool in our world. COVID-19 Pandemic has shown the world How important the digital age is now and in the future. COVID-19 is like a wake-up call for all of us, in this context.
So it’s quite important to know how to get the most out of this digital age so that you can lead a wonderful and Amazing life regardless of where in the world you are.
WHAT IS THE INFORMATION/DIGITAL AGE?
According to Mariam Webster dictionary:
“The information or digital age is the modern age regarded as a time in which information has become a commodity that is quickly and widely disseminated and easily available especially through the use of computer technology”
The information or digital age is self-explanatory, simply put, it’s a period that is based on the information and a period when almost everything is digitalized.
It’s the period we are in right now and it’s has come to stay, So it’s better to jump in the moving train. And the best part is that the information is free or very cheap, And the skills learnt can also be monetised and help others too. And it goes beyond just making money – as a matter of fact, money is just a by-product when you offer value to people – you can contribute to humanity with your knowledge and skills.
Ways to get the most of the information age
The freedom and advantages of this information age definitely surpass the disadvantages but nonetheless there are disadvantages and side effects that came with this information age.
And with the awareness, action and discipline one can minimize the side effects and maximize the advantages.
Some of the disadvantages such as too many irrelevant contents and information, entertainment, social media – which makes people unconsciously compare their lives with others.Etc.
Despise the amazing power of this age, it can also pose a threat for most people because it’s highly addictive. And the addiction makes it easy to be distracted and not achieving any things as days turn to weeks and weeks turn to months and months to years
But there is a solution or a way around it and that is :
Being a producer instead of just a consumer:
To get the most of this information/digital age, it’s imperative to have a producer’s mindset rather than a consumer’s mindset.
It’s quite easy even effortless to be forced unconsciously to have the consumer’s mindset because we are bombarded by ads everywhere on the internet and we contact the disease called FOMO(Fear Of Missing Out), We want to be the first to watch the most recent programs, listen to the most recent songs, like the photo of a celebrity.
And consumerism starts setting in, we want to be the first to buy the latest product of any kind, the list is just endless.
All these things are not bad to indulge in, it’s just that moderation is essential and having the producer’s mindset will help.
The producer’s mindset is basically using the internet for more informational and educational reasons in order to learn a skill or set of skills like:
- Contents creation or blogging
- Graphic designing
- Web development
- Digital marketing
- Cloud computing
- Artificial intelligence
- Sales leadership
- Mobile app development
- People management
- Video production
- Audio production
- UX design
- SEO/SEM marketing
- Industrial design
And rendering the skills as services to clients or using the skills to create digital products. Being a producer basically mean havings marketable skills to sell so that you will keep adding value to the world. And they always will be more consumers than they will ever be producers, so you should use that fact to your advantage. Another thing we need to do is,
Having the growth mindset rather than the fixed mindset:
Carol Dweck, a psychologist made a profound research and noticed that there are two kinds of mindset: the growth mindset and fixed mindset. Basically, the growth mindset is having the attitude of a constant learner, Alway improving and eager to learn new things and Seeing learning as the goal and not the means to an end.
While the fixed mindset is the exact opposite, the people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them.
Now how can this affect what we are talking about? In order to utilize this information age, it’s paramount to have the growth mindset, because the world we live in today is constantly changing, new technologies every day, new concepts and new ways of doing things.
Without having the growth mindset the person will easily be frustrated and wouldn’t really thrive in this modern age and would become complacent in his/her field. The day you stop learning, you start dying. And if you keep on learning and becoming better – which is a good attitude to have in this age – you will always retain that producer’s mindset and will be at the top of your game. Another thing to do is
“Action is the truest measure of intelligence”– Napoleon Hills.
Another important factor to consider in utilizing this information age is putting in the work.
Action is very important, It’s the only controllable variable will have in attaining success.
Our big dreams and determination are predicated on our actions.
Without action, all other factors are irrelevant because the reason for learning in the first place is to put in what you’ve learnt to practise. No matter how talented you are, you wouldn’t get anywhere if you don’t practise what you are learning, as a matter of fact, learning is incomplete without implementation of what you’ve learnt.
And we must learn to enjoy the action because there is no other way around it and enjoying the hustling and the practise set you apart from everyone and will lead you to mastery.
“When it comes down to it, nothing trumps execution.”Gary Vaynerchuk.
Sadly COVID-19 brought some damages, people losing their jobs and global recession and many other terrible things. But It’s also an eye-opener for us all because for almost every adversity there is a seed of opportunity.
And it’s also a wake-up call for us all on how Technology and the information age is important and will continue to be important in many years to come. So it’s essential for us to use this information age constructively instead of destructively, we should use it to empower ourselves, sell our skills, network and make the world a better place by making ourselves better.
If you have other ideas on how to utilize this information age or you want to elaborate on any of the points, please share in the comment below so we all can learn. – thanks.