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Accelerated Change

The Big Idea for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

If you were alive during the 18th and 19th centuries, your job was never a certainty. As Daniel Burrus points out in today's lesson, "new advancements in everything from textiles to railroads to mail delivery to manufacturing caused jobs to disappear." The difference, however, is that change used to be slow enough to allow individuals the chance to adapt.

But today, thanks to the three change accelerators of exponential advances in processing power, bandwidth, and storage, Burrus points out that we are experiencing rapid change—or rather, transformation.

Today the timeframe to prepare for change is extremely short. The key is to get ahead of the curve. Burrus advises you to ask yourself, “What knowledge and skills can I learn that will supplement my current strengths so that I can thrive in the years ahead? What are the new areas of learning that will make me more relevant in a world of rapid change?”


  1. 1 12 Certainties That Will Transform Every Career and Create New Ones
    Daniel Burrus Flash Foresights from Daniel Burrus
  2. 2 How To Identify Massive Change
    Alan Webber
  3. 3 The Future of Prediction: Predictive Analytics in 2020
    Eric Siegel Experts' Corner
  4. 4 Information Acceleration
    Juan Enriquez

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