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You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a 'Useless' Liberal Arts Education

Part One - Your Strengths

1. The Explorers

a fundamental truth that’s in danger of being lost - Curiosity, creativity, and empathy aren’t unruly traits that must be reined in to ensure success. Just the opposite.

You don’t have to mask your true identity to get paid for your strengths.

The more we automate the routine stuff, the more we create a constant low-level hum of digital connectivity, the more we get tangled up in the vastness and blind spots of big data, the more essential it is to bring human judgment into the junctions of our digital lives.

The more our labs and engineers innovate, the more jobs we create for people who can make the human dimension work.
There’s no denying robots excel at predictable chores, carrying them out faster, cheaper, and more reliably than we can. Yet in so many other aspects of life, the machines are clumsy intruders.

Sucher paired his long-standing empathy and curiosity with new skills relating to design, market research, and a smidgen of computer coding. “It was a magical moment for me,” Sucher said. “I had found my tribe. At one point, there were tears in my eyes.”
Three different paths led Sucher to Etsy.

I put myself in the shoes of our buyers and sellers,” Sucher told me. “I’m constantly opening my mind to the way they experience technology.”

Our opportunities expand. Society keeps creating more room for people who do what we do. Put Google’s search engine at your fingertips, and your productivity soars in any field calling for instant access to fresh information
LinkedIn has become the professional equivalent of steroids for recruiters;

With GoToMeeting and Google Hangouts, everything changes. Suddenly it becomes easy to carry out virtual visits to artists’ studios anywhere in the world, without the burdens of traditional travel.

Technology might be eradicating other jobs, but it is simultaneously creating new openings that couldn’t have existed twenty years earlier.

[quote, Eric Hoffer]
“In times of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.”