Simply Good Life — 4 Future Skills Explained

4 Future Skills

Whenever I read about future skills it’s always about the same few things. I believe that what we need to be good at in the future are:

  • critical thinking,
  • complex problem solving,
  • creativity, and
  • empathy

Exercise to Learn Critical Thinking

First and foremost it’s most important to be critical with YOUR OWN WAY OF THINKING. Whenever you’re convinced you are right about things just question your opinion. Ask yourself: how convinced am I that I’m right? If it’s 90% just ask yourself why it’s not 100%. By realizing that you might be wrong (or better that you are actually wrong pretty often), you can learn to accept that others might be right as well.

Be Better at Solving Complex Problems

The simplest way to improve your way of solving complex problems is never to start with just one solution. Gather as many crazy alternatives as possible, learn that your first idea isn’t usually the best one. Force yourself to create more solutions for the complex problem you’re trying to solve. Ask others. Remember:

Be More Creative

Here’s my recommendation for people who believe they are not creative. Creativity is simply the ability to produce ideas for a given question. If you can sketch things you’re producing new ideas (=creativity) if you can create ideas on how to solve difficult problems you ARE creative.

  1. What 10 countries do I want to see in my life?
  2. What are 10 of my favorite cities?
  3. What are my 10 favorite songs?
  4. What are my 10 favorite movies?
  5. What 10 things do I want to learn in my life?
  6. What 10 things can improve my living room?
  7. 10 ideas on how to have a fantastic, happy day.

Empathy Skills

How would you define empathy? The simplest definition I’ve found so far is:

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Adam Egger

Adam Egger

Helping with Innovation, Transition and Growth | Strategy and Innovation can be fun and simple | Working at @softwareag. A minimalist living a good life.