According to the National Center for Education Statics, in 1870, 20 percent of the entire adult population (14 years or older) was illiterate. Imagine living a life where you knew someone, who was of sound mind, that couldn’t read or write. This was only 146 years ago, aka during your great great grandparents lifetime (if you’re a 20-something). In the US, according to the same source, during the 2015–16 school year, colleges and universities are expected to award 952,000 associate’s degrees, 1.8 million bachelor’s degrees and 802,000 master’s degrees. To not bore you with additional statics, I think you get the point I’m trying to make. There was a time not that long ago where people couldn’t read or write, and today we’re all very educated. Yet, being educated doesn’t necessarily make you intelligent.
You should always be willing to change, to do something different. Don’t get me wrong, I’m uncomfortable with change as most people are, but you don’t have to love change, you just have to be open to it. You should always be willing to learn something new, or to learn a new way to do something that you already do. In today’s world, the illerate is the 25 year old who refuses to learn how to use a new app or to try a new machine (hover board anyone?). It’s the 40 year old at work who can’t be bothered learning how to use the new expense system. These people are all around us. This Monday, I encourage you to embrace change, and I hope that you take this and encourage others too. Whatever you do, don’t be an illerate of the 21st century.