In a time when so much of what we know is subject to revision or obsolescence, the comfortable expert must go back to being a restless learner.
I plucked that line from A More Beautiful Question, which was one of the best books I read in 2015. The book was centered around using questions as tools to solve problems, generate new ideas, and become better experimenters.
That last item – better experimenters – is a critical point. The author Warren Berger continued with some thoughts on a careers:
…we’ll be expected to quickly adapt to using new and unfamiliar tools, as we try to construct new businesses, new markets, new careers, new life plans – using ever-changing technology, without clear instructions, and with the clock ticking.
In the past, a career was a rigid thing written in ink and followed like a set map to a destination in the future. Now, it’s a fluid idea written in pencil with erase marks all over the page. Careers are no longer a fixed path to follow. They’re constantly evolving as Berger comments.