I write stories you can read in less than five minutes, featuring diverse professionals whose tips on applying mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling will help you love your career and enhance your quality of life.

These characters face familiar pain points: nonstop change, accelerating technological disruption, and the collective “noise” that grows louder each day. The impact, for these professionals and for many of us, has been confusion, distraction, and stress. Until, however, each of these individuals chooses to do something new: practicing mindfulness, learning agility, and storytelling habits, and growing them into strengths…strengths that respond to change rather than just react.

Strengths that you can develop as well.

As you grow these three habits into strengths, you’ll thrive no matter what you face in this volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world–especially as you encounter these five big, interrelated disruptors: Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biotechnology, Climate Change and Industrial Complexes.

Here’s some specifics on how these five disruptors interrelate: 

Algorithms gather data about everyone and everything, from every imaginable, interconnected source, This data is the inorganic life force of AI, which is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems, and its operational use is multiplying across all industries and disciplines.

AI and its supporting algorithms are intersecting with Biotechnology, which is the manipulation of living organisms or their components to produce useful, usually commercial products–with an increasing focus on mimicking not just human behaviors but human thinking and emotions as the algorithms grow more proficient and sophisticated.

The interrelationships between algorithms, AI, and biotechnology can not only solve a plethora of problems for individual human beings, societies, and economies, but offer the potential for scientists, entrepreneurs, and politicians to become more astute and creative in ways to harness Climate Change...if enough of them can cooperate and collaborate and withstand the forces of nationalism that have gripped so much of the U.S. and Europe the last several years.

And finally, the potential worldwide benefits of algorithms, AI, biotechnology, and the harnessing of climate change, can be more fully realized if we take action to lessen the grip of systematic Industrial Complexes that widen income gaps, amplify inequities and injustices, and often contribute to accelerating climate change itself.

Don’t settle for the confusion, distraction, and stress these five disruptors can cause. You’re stronger than that, and capable of much more. Instead, practice responding in more skillful ways. 

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John M. DeMarco is a writer, strategist, and executive coach based in Nashville, Tennessee.
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