I think it must have been 10 years ago when I stumbled upon a quote on Boris
’ blog (back then called Bomega), by the brilliant futurist Alvin Toffler
He said; “The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write. They are those who cannot learn, un-learn and re-learn.”
This is so f#cking spot so I tried to apply this ideology in life. Being able to adapt
is the most powerful skill you can learn today. Same for software engineering (release early, release often). It’s this attitude that I consider future proof. And often tell others to try the same approach…
Probably because I never finished my study, hahaha. I made learn by doing a way I would, well… learn. And then, because of experience (making a LOT of mistakes) un-learn the stuff that isn’t working.
Or everyone at Present Plus who got acquired
by WeTransfer to face the challenge of designing something to work better, while it was already doing a great job. That shit cray! But they nailed it, and you will see the difference this Tuesday when the new web platform is live!
And when you don’t see the difference, we’ll take that as a compliment.
In fact, there are so many examples of people who go out there, not being afraid to (publicly) fail, and learn from these events. Like Will who shared
his unfortunate Kickstarter experience with Lecture In Progress
Personally I happen to find a lot of people around me with the same attitude. Can’t be coincidence right? Even my girlfriend is figuring out how to make a podcast series on Dutch startups by making a podcast series
I guess, what I’m trying to say is… Alvin Toffler was right! Hahaha.