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Everyone’s A Knowledge Worker: Thriving In The Creative Age

“People need skills that will enable them to thrive across a diverse, fast-changing and demanding range of situations. […] The economy needs people who are able to draw on their full potential to contribute ideas and know-how to the work they do. (Emphasis added)
– From the conclusion of “The Creative Age,” (1999) a 109-page paper written by authors Kimberly Seltzer and Tom Bentley for Demos, a UK based think-tank.

This is The Creative Age we’re living in, and what made it possible was the birth and growth of the massive maze of interlinks that is the World Wide Web. The Internet is a world online, and it has revolutionized the ways we think, how we communicate with one another and how fast that happens.

We have access to more information at our fingertips right now than we’ll ever be able to use up in a lifetime, with more information coming in every second of every day. So what will it take to navigate the rapids in all the torrential rivers of information available out there and make it?

One thing mentioned in the Demos paper was knowledge-based economics. Knowledge is power. Knowing how to generate it, understand it, and make it work for you is another kind of power, as is being able to simplify that knowledge to help benefit the general population.

Think of your favorite websites. The artists, creators and writers of those website have messages that resound with you, otherwise you wouldn’t visit. Think of all the websites out there, and their all niche-readers, their subscribers and followers and fans. What with all the information out there, it’s not just the people who come up with it, but also the people who can link it in useful ways that are going to stand out.

A knowledge worker is a very real thing, even if the social scientist still argue about the exact definition of one. When you see the lattices and intersections of the data out there, when you understand how they connect and function and make that information easier for other people to ‘get it’, you can be considered as someone who works with knowledge.

Think of writers like Seth Godin and Chris Guillebeau…they do that for their readers. And when your readers, or fans, get it as well, they will follow you. Continue reading Everyone’s A Knowledge Worker: Thriving In The Creative Age

Treat Your Projects Like Your Favorite Adventure Story

Do you remember your childhood daydreams of wild adventures, incredible hardship and epic questing?

Perhaps you were inspired by Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonrider series, or set aflame by Tolkien’s stories. Maybe C.S Lewis’s Narnia got you started, or even Laura Ingalls Wilder’s recollections of life on the frontier. Perhaps Lois McMaster-Bujold’s epic space opera series flipped your switch, and you haven’t looked back since.

Trust me, I’m going somewhere with this. Ready? To get straight to the point, a project is a worthy undertaking.

Whether it’s a personal project or part of a business objective, the planned pay-off is something deemed of good, even great, value to the people involved.

Granted, needler guns aren’t included, or lembas bread, or impressing dragon hatchlings–or firelizards. Those are for the fantasy part of epic questing, this –this part here– in real life, is where the ‘incredible hardship’ comes in. And even then that often turns out to be the plain, garden-variety hardship of the everyday flavor.

Boring, isn’t it? Yes, yes, we all live for those action-packed moments–they get the adrenaline pumping right quick, eh?–but face it, all that is due to editing.

Hardly anyone wants to watch or read about the editing process, or in real life, learn about all the years of patient toil, the various pits of despair, and all those exhausted hours wondering if it was all worth it.

You want the good stuff and you want it now. For books and movies, ‘now’ can be had in under two hours, for the most part. Overnight, if the books are part of a series and you burn the midnight oil. But in real live life, nope.

Guess what? The good stuff doesn’t come out of the blue. You have to work for it. And if you plan well for it, the better your chances of getting the good stuff. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Continue reading Treat Your Projects Like Your Favorite Adventure Story