The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Socrates has always been influential in history for his seemingly limitless knowledge. Credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, he is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of later classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon. At the time, most of the public around him were astounded by his degree of intellect while at the same time his humility and awareness prevailed. Knowing you know nothing was a lament of self-analysis in the sense that knowing everything is virtually impossible. This is a quote I have been grown to live by knowing that the internet has a wealth of information that will never be disseminated and broken down fully.
Video sharing as a means of communication seemed like a distant fantasy several years ago, even on mobile platforms that were first developing. Now in today’s generation it has become the norm with added benefits of capturing life and emotion in its rawest form. By some publications and subject public opinion ‘Gangnam Style’ remains the most viewed viral video of all time. The ability to affect our emotions whether through laughing, sadness, enjoyment, tears and everything else that goes along with it is one of the reasons why a revolution is upon is in terms of video sharing. Companies like Vine have zoned in on the sentimental nature of video sharing as a means of strengthening close friends and family bonds. YouTube has lead the revolution up to this point, but there are signs that other providers are displaying a platform for users to express themselves and share the phenomena of everyday life.
Research has suggested that videos with emotional arousal- were shared more often than those that drew any other emotional response. This is what highly leads to videos going viral, most typically with videos showcasing newborn babies either crying, laughing and smiling on camera. Micro-video sharing is set to revolutionize this element of social media most recently with Instagram allowing 3-15 seconds per video, and Vine allowing precisely 6 seconds, users are even more likely to create and share videos from their smartphones. It’s time to get your cameras out and start capturing reality in its shameless, unflattering splendor.
As busy middle class workers we are bombarded from childhood about the value of education. Education is promoted to us from an early age as the only route towards employability and dignity of a working life. The rarity of seeking advice about how to master skills is present in public schools. Schools that specialize in different ways to teach different subjects end up being the true winners, with the knowledge that as human beings we learn differently.
Essentially, schools fail to teach children the skills to attain a degree of mastery and profitability for their chosen areas of expertise. It is something I term entrepreneurial development.
The true secret lies in what the world awaits you after education. Managing yourself becomes key and personal development becomes a priority. Jobs take on a whole new value system where you exchange 5 days of employment for 2 days of freedom. This was referred to in the famous book “The Millionaire’s Fastlane” to describe a life of servitude from intern to senior management then retirement.
The 2 days of leisure time that would normally consist of heavy drinking and venting over corporate matters and lack of time are exchanged for business development. Saving 20% of your monthly salary towards investments into the business, provide that safety net should businesses force you into redundancy.
To put this in a detailed perspective, according to The Guardian UK, the number of job vacancies currently available in the UK totals 491,299, according to a report by job search engine Adzuna – 4% more than in August 2012. The report indicates that a fifth of those roles (22.1%) are part-time jobs. However, over the same period the average advertised wage dropped by 4.4%, to an average of £33,166 a year.
Managing a salary in unpredictable economic climate conditions is the real priority, only done through savings made from entrepreneurial development. Books that indulge readers with the secrecy include “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Education of Millionaires”. Proactivity is the prerequisite and hard work is the formula. Make your dreams realised today and escape the corporate drone you fear you’ll become