Enneagram teacher extraordinaire George Gurdjieff called us machines- and the more we meditate and become self-aware, the more we see how true it is that we operate on automatic. Non-meditators guffaw when you say something like that, but when you start the self-observation practice, you eventually start to see tiny, short glimpses of our automatic nature. So if you haven't done a lot of meditation or self-observation, you can't compete very well against a machine. But... self-observation leads to self-leadership and with leadership skills, you can create a field with others... or without having to go into too much depth about what that means... you can create a meaningful experience for others. An experience of presence.
That said, what kinds of jobs will be left for us? I pay some attention to the modelling world and models have experienced a tremendous shift as well- consumers don't just want to see their beautiful bodies and faces- they want to know about their consumer choices, what they do in their time off, where they vacation, how they make hummus... The modelling industry isn't about just showing up for a photo shoot and posing with a brand's clothing. Increasingly, models' personal lives are more well-known to us, more accessible, and they are sharing more with their followers. They have youtube channels, they share their recipes and pictures of their pets with their Instagram followers, they're going back to school and the fact that we know about that, care about it, and are following in their footsteps means we care about the lifestyle behind their brand. So if we take that same angle to business, going into business means creating a branded experience. Customers don't just want a product thrown at them- they want the look, the attitude, the political statement, the integrated lifestyle of what the brand represents- the meaning behind it is just as important- or more important than its quality. If you're going to create an integrated lifestyle behind a brand, you're going to need a capacity for self-reflection.
Those are just some very scattered thoughts this morning. I do believe that the disembodiment that's been happening since the dawning of computers has led us to find different ways of being around .... more... bodies. The new sharing economy is a manifestation of that- Uber and Airbnb for example. Those who have the self-knowledge and presence of mind to "create a field" for others as we say in meditation circles, or "create an experience", as they say in marketing, will win over robots.