I’ve been learning online for over two years now, and I can’t imagine living in a world where skills that I’m curious about and need to know are not readily available for consumption in a way that I want to consume them (videos, tutorials, books, podcasts, etc). Yet, it’s only been in the last few years that really high quality education has come online for the masses like you and me.
The easy access to education means we’re entering a new era where everyone will need to and be expected to keep learning every single day! As you (and I) think about your goals for 2014, keep Mark Andreessen’s predictions for the future in mind:
It’s a really big deal for people to have a lot more information. It’s a really big deal for people to be able to communicate and collaborate. One of the things that’s going to be huge in the future is the ability to get educated online. That’s a wave that’s going to hit in a major way in the next 20 years, and will be a huge improvement to consumer welfare all around the world. And so the gains to anybody with a screen and a network connection are absolutely phenomenal. It’s one of those things where everybody’s life keeps getting better. But you don’t get the creation without the destruction. And so there is a lot of turbulence, and will be a lot of turbulence.
Education is going to become even more important. People are going to have to be much more adaptable in this economy. This has been a trend for a long time; the days of lifetime employment are long since over. And the whole system of how everything works—from education to health care and housing—has to adapt to an era in which people are going to have a lot more jobs over the course of their career. When I was growing up in the ’70s in Wisconsin, that was a message everybody was drilling into me. Like, “Get ready. You’re not just going to have one job in your life.” I think at the time the average was seven jobs, and now it is up to 15 or 20.
P.S. If this guy can do it, you can do it!