How to Stay Relevant in 2018

A year is a long time – long enough in fact for anyone to achieve the goals they set. If you feel like you’re in a rut, or more possibly lost when everybody around you is talking about their latest bitcoin investments – it might be a good idea to think about what you could be doing to stay more relevant, especially if you’re someone looking to make a mark in the technology space. The early months are a great time to take stock of your career and its trajectory – or lack thereof. It’s never too late to start learning and up-skilling ourselves in the trades that matter most!

I am picking this up from a similar post I wrote last year, where I predicted automation and urged everyone to have multiple sources of income – this year I am staying true to the trends and betting my chances on the industries (and skills) that are bound to take off in the coming months.

  1. Cryptocurrency

This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. Even if you’re not a Cryptocurrency expert yourself, chances are you’ve been on the receiving end of a very heated debate about the future of money. It’s the hottest new topic of the year and is already causing mayhem in mainstream finance. No matter what people have been telling you – about the gains or losses they’ve made, there is no doubt that the cryptocurrency market is very young and you have the potential to make high returns if you have some technical knowledge, and follow the market closely.

  1. Blockchain technology

And even if the grand masters behind Cryptocurrencies are somehow proven wrong – we can be certain that the technology underlying it all is where the real value lies. Some of the top minds in tech are already making moves to be a part of the blockchain revolution. With platforms like Ethereum taking the lead, the demand for developers who understand blockchain and smart contracts will shoot sky high. The era of decentralised Internet is here and with blockchain companies having raised over $3.7 billion in 2017 – it’ll do us all good to be on top of this change to stay relevant even beyond 2018.

  1. Machine Learning

Most of the world’s top innovators are definitely thinking about machine learning and the various ways to incorporate it into our lives. But it is probably one of the hardest to pick up on, especially if you do not have a technical background. I think the surest way to keep yourself trending in this field is to not only work in tandem with technology, but to assist them. It’s no secret that Millennials would much rather interact with technology – so if we could somehow facilitate the interaction between humans and technology by writing banter or investing in its hardware – we wont be the first person to be rendered obsolete when the time comes.

  1. Green Tech

All great breakthroughs often come with negative consequences and side effects. In our current rush towards innovation, we often lose sight of all the impact we create on the environment. Each of the 3 trends highlighted above ultimately run on vast quantities of energy, and unless we start finding new means of becoming more ‘green’, we can soon be sure to face a future that is not only expensive to maintain but also unlikely to move forward at our desired pace. If Elon Musk says its high time we start ridding our addiction to fossil fuels, I think that’s a good enough reason for me to start looking for ways to incorporate green tech in my trajectories.

  1. Simplifying complex information

We are living in an ever-growing world where technology is constantly changing. Which means that the pace at which we can consume new knowledge can never keep up with the vast amount of information that is being shared and created everyday. In a world that is slowly becoming paralysed in excessive information, there is great value in learning how to curate and explain things to those with zero to little knowledge. I am biased on this as I have been trying to do this for many years now – the difficulty is keeping in mind the various learning abilities. If more people understand and adopt new technologies, the faster we can innovate by taking in the feedback of the mass consumers and improving on them.

 

We are surrounded by technology and it is becoming more pronounced every year. I believe that the faster we adopt it, the more competitive we become. But the important thing to note here is that there is never a magic formula. If you want to stay relevant and be successful – then you have to work hard for it. Always remember to create more value than you capture, and overtime you’ll learn to weed out the fluff, and be a step ahead of the times.

 

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