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VUCA, the future, and me

Lately I have been reading a new book by Thomas Friedman, "Thank You for Being Late". It is a book you have to pay attention to or you will miss something. Already I have picked up a few nuggets. I hope it will help me deal with this VUCA world that I operate in along with my family. It is not going to solve a lot of problems for me, but I hope it gives me hope and understanding of the possibilities that still exist. Especially for my kids.

It has been said that the past election and its surprising outcome to many (me included) had something to do with how working class folks worried, not about themselves, but their kids. That seems normal to me and I actually tried and am still trying to understand the other parts of that story. It is not so simple, although many pollsters try to make it out to be that way. American politics is not so cut and dry. Never has been.

So back to the book. Part of me is wanting the book to tell me what is shifting and how can I deal with it. I think of career and lifestyle. Career is still very much in play. I am not yet old enough to qualify for full retirement under the social security laws, but I don't think I would want to retire at that age (67) anyway. I feel when most boomers do that, they have too many other things to do before they leave the planet.

I have not reached the end of the book, but here is what has been affirmed so far:

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