Your current position is the testament of all you know, or better still all the knowledge you have put to use in your life so far. I say this because information fatigue is a real problem today. the people who truly change the world are those who apply what they read and do not get paralyzed by the blow of new information. All you have achieved is a product of all you have practiced.
To move from where you are now to where you want have previously imagined you need a shift in your knowledge quotient. You need to unlearn, learn, and re-learn the codes for survival in this new era. Whether we like it or not we are in a new era, an era that is strange and unprecedented for many of us.
To survive, we need more than just wishful thinking and some bold affirmations we need knowledge. First, we need to unlearn the pre-COVID ways of life because that life is gone forever, then we need to learn the COVID and post-COVID way of life. the extended lockdowns have altered our way of life. Unknowingly many have constructed newpreferences and developed new biases that are just about to be manifested.
Think about every other person who has gone through the lockdown and the new behaviors that have picked while behind the doors. Your co-workers though haven’t changed his name is a completely different person from the individual you last saw post the lockdown.
You have changed and so have all the people surrounding you. Understanding the world around you and the metrics by the way it operates is a crucial skill for survival now. You cannot just jump into things based on what you knew before. The commands of the old life have expired its time to learn new ones.
Learning, unlearning, and relearning are all actions that require teachability. The term teachability index is a measure of your readiness to learn, unlearn, and relearn. One thing that will help you learn, unlearn and relearn is the knowledge quotient which puts at various levels of competence.
Unconscious Incompetence: at this level not only are you ignorant, but you are also ignorant of ignorance. What that means is that you unaware of your ignorance which you do not know that you do not know. This is a terrible place to be and it dangerous because you could be unknowingly wrecking your life without knowing what you are doing to yourself.
Conscious Incompetence: this is where the first ray of knowledge begins to strike your mind and you come to a consciousness of your own incompetence. At this level, it is clear to you that you do not know what you do not know. This is where the journey to learning begins.
Conscious Competence: when you embrace your ignorance and greet it curiosity and openness to learning you begin to gain mastery. In the early stages of learning, you have to be fully engaged and involved. Mastery of anything requires full concentration and presence in whatyou are doing. The key to success at this level is repetition and consistency.
Unconscious Competence: at some point in your learning journey the skill becomes second nature. Take for instance driving, at that start it was simply impossible for you to have a conversation while driving. After some months of driving you to catch yourself driving and talking to the person seated next to you without any stress. At that point driving has become second nature, it has become hard-wired into your subconscious and that explains why you can do it with little or no effort on your part.
it is important to understand these four stages and the role they play in your journey to self-re-invention. The last eight to ten weeks of the lockdown was a time of reprogramming and re-definition. For most of us, we were pushed to a new way of living and working which we have successfully avoided prior to the crisis. Now, most of these habits have become part of our lives. In essence, you have metamorphosed into someone else right before your own eyes. This reality becomes very daunting when you consider the fact that you are not the only one who has changed.
Not only have you changed, but the world around you has also shifted and taken on a new shape and form. Depending on how much time you have invested in developing yourself you are either at the level of unconscious incompetence or conscious incompetence. You are either clueless about what has changed or you are currently looking for ways to comprehend your new reality.
Regardless of where you stand on the economic value chain, you have serious learning to do. How we work, trade, spend, shop, interact, and socialize has been eternally altered. This is not the time to grumble or point accusing fingers at anyone this is the time for you to wake up and smell the coffee because the old beat is dead.
Billboards for instance were useful because of the amount of time we spend on the road. At some points during the lockdown, I had the privilege of going out. I noticed there were no ads on the billboard, it was interesting to me but it made perfect sense because nobody was outside. So, imagine what happened to the revenue of the electronic billboard owners within that period. For both the owners and the users it is to time to re-invent their business model to still be able to reach people in their houses. That might be a business idea for you.
There are several things you will need to adjust to remain relevant in this new era. We need to learn new ways of educating our kids, new ways of transferring knowledge, and communicating value. Entire industries will either have to evolve or totally disappear. This is not limited to companies. As individuals you the question on your mind right should be “what do I need to learn to become the person I earlier imagined?”.
Your old habits will not hold water in this new era, it is time to learn new ones. New ways of transacting with people but online and offline. One thing is certain the rigid and inelastic people will not last long after this crisis is over. The best time to unlearn your old habits was eight weeks ago, the second-best time is now and you have to get to work. If you are part of those who are clamoring for normalcy to return, I am sorry to inform you that your normal is gone and never coming back. At this point, it’s either we swim with the current of change or die!
I have stretched the issue of learning but permit me to add a few more woods to the fire. I find it awfully unjust to tell a man to go hand himself without giving him the tools, pardon my dry sense of humor. My point is that if I have the courage to challenge you to learn and re-invent yourself, it is imperative that I also give a few suggestions about what to learn and what skills to acquire.
In my estimation there are tons of things you need to learn to survive in this season, however, for the sake of this conversation, I will limit myself to the very pertinent and essentially ones. In the real sense of things, you don’t need too many things in your toolbox, you just need the essential and vital skills. In my estimation the following skills are the most essential skills for survival in the times we live:
- Change Management
- Virtual Learning
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Digital Marketing
- Emotional Intelligence
- Data Analysis