creative paradigm

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Ő Dan Middleton, egy Minecraft Youtuber. Azért linkelem, mert:

  • Dan Middleton 1991-ben született az angliai Aldershotban. Két testvére van, a szülei gyerekkorában elváltak.
  • Dan Middleton 2012-ben alapította meg a Diamond Minecart nevű Youtube-csatornáját.
  • Munkamódszere a következő: reggel kilenckor kel, és egy órával később áll neki a videója összerakásának. Letölti az aktuális frissítéseket, délután megszerkeszti a videót,, a készterméket pedig este 8:30-kor tölti fel a netre. Ezt követően kommenteket olvas. A hétvégi videóknál előredolgozik.
  •  Kétszer is szerepelt a CBBC  Technobabble c. műsorában. Mindkétszer a videojátékokról beszélt. Egy másik csatorna másik műsorában pedig a Youtube-ról.
  • 2016 októberében jelent meg DanTDM: Trayaurus c. képregénye, amelyben saját alteregóján kívül Grim nevű kutyája, egy Dr. Trayaurus nevű tudós, valamint Denton, a gonosz laboráns és hűséges segédje, Fin szerepel.
  • Néha nem csak Minecraftet, hanem Robloxot és Tomodachi Life-ot is játszik.
  • Dan Middletonnak több előfizetője van, mint a világon élő magyarok száma (felső becslés szerint).

(Forrás: Dan Middleton Wikipedia-szócikke)

If You Want to be Rich, Go Travel

(Picture taken by the poor passenger behind while I did a zero-G surprise dive on the Cessna C-172)

Many people see traveling as a luxury, as something that is entertaining but inessential. Others value the perspectives it brings. Obviously, I am aligned with the latter, but I’ll take it a step further. I think traveling is not only rewarding, but a must - for us, the younger generations.

It Is Not About Traveling Itself

You see, it is not about traveling itself, or the pleasure it brings. It is about conditioning our minds to engage more effectively with the risk and unknowns of our new economic reality.

So often in our lives, we stick with a pattern proven to be effective for the past generations - study, internship, work, promotion, and more work. While this formula has brought innumerable economic prosperity through the common efforts of modern management, it is a matter of time before automation takes over.

Think: when was the last time we’ve made contact with a travel agent? Expedia, Airbnb, Uber, Google, and the like are making redundant the very agencies that were once indispensable to foreign travel. Even traditional professions in medicine, law, and finance are seeing ever-increasing works being outsourced to robotics and data analytics that do the job better and faster.

The New Economic Reality

In place of this is a new form of economy - the economy of contents. We’ve heard of the term “content is king,” first predicted by Bill Gates in 1996. How true. In the next few decades, it will be the platform and content creators who will lead this generation’s creative destruction.

To excel in this new paradigm, creativity is a must. Creativity and its associating entrepreneurial efforts in turn require one to properly evaluate risk and venture into the unknown. We have to be comfortable in the dark.

How Traveling Makes Us Rich

And traveling does exactly that. It forces us to immerse in the unknown and shatters our preconceived notion of what is possible. When we travel to the far-flung corners of the world, our minds begin to perceive risk in an entirely different way. What was previously impossible becomes merely challenging; what used to be ludicrous becomes sensible. We start to see opportunities - and therein lies the key to wealth.

Once we’ve tapped into this mindset, we will begin to think - and act - differently. Many around us will think we’re crazy, that what we do won’t work. They can keep their work, and we will create more of them.

Of course, one can argue that those who are successful don’t necessarily travel, or that traveling does not guarantee economic success. They are correct. But the same can be said of post-secondary education. Are all college students successful? No. Did Steve Jobs graduate from college? No. Can we be the next Steve Jobs by skipping college? You know the answer. 

Outliers do not render education - in any shape or form - less of a must for the majority of us who desire substantial economic contribution to our society.

So rather than treating traveling like a luxury, treat it like an economic necessity, another bachelor’s degree. We’ve spent close to two decades in school and more in student loan, have we not? Isn’t it silly to think that a year’s worth of walking the world is too much?

Thanks for reading.