Saturday, March 20, 2010

Industrial Age vs Information Age

In one of the books from Robert T. Kiyosaki titled "Rich Kid Smart Kid", there is a comparison of ideas between the industrial age and information age. I should like to share what I have read as I found that it is very valid since we are rapidly transiting from industrial age into information age. The below are some of the comparisons:
Industrial AgeInformation Age
Job Security, TenureFree agent, Virtual companies
SeniorityPaid for results
One jobMany professions
Work until sixty-fiveRetire early
Degrees and credentialsCore talents
Old knowledgeNew ideas
Company retirement planSelf-directed portfolio
Work at companyWork at home

For people who are still holding on the industrial age idea might find it difficult in adapting in the information age. In the book "Who moved my cheese", there is a sentence that says "The Quickly You Let Go of Old Cheese, The Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese." This means that if you are able to adapt to change quickly, you are able to enjoy the benefits of the change immediately. The question now is whether do you want to change if you are still holding the old industrial ideas?

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