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Ask a dozen people how they are feeling technology and you get a dozen answers. Some would say it is kept her sane and connected throughout the madness of 2020. Others would insist that without regular digital deprivation Technology creates chaos on mental health and social bonding. Regardless, tech is here to stay.
The key is figuring out how and where technology belongs in your personal and professional life. But, to draw that conclusion, you probably want to get a fuller understanding of how technology has changed and how humanity continues to change. And you will find plenty of insights from a dedicated offline source: Books.
If you want to dive into the direction of technology, make sure to check out these remarkable readings. They give you a contemporary outlook on technology from unique and thoughtful perspectives.
1. Eric Pilon-Bignell – Surf rogue waves
Humans are curious beings. You can’t stop yourself from inventing and innovating. So is it any wonder that a futurist like Eric Pilon-Bignell would believe that our tenacity is what will bring about the fourth industrial revolution? Pilon-Bignell believes that what is happening today with increasing digitalization, a tsunami of disruptions in every tissue of the Culture. Hence, he urges readers to make a conscious choice: sit back and watch the waves, or take the brave step and begin Surf rogue waves.
If you’ve been wondering how to deal with the fast-paced world of technology-led advances, or worried about the purpose of AI, this book belongs in your library. Not only will you enjoy a history lesson on how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time, but you’ll also enjoy a reminder that tomorrow will be influenced by what is done today. You may never see technology in the same light after seeing the digital through the Pilon-Bignell lens.
2. Brian Paes-Braga – 8: Considerations for building Business + Balance
This is not your average coming of age novel. Instead, it is a memoir dedicated to author Brian Paes-Braga’s path to gaining financial freedom at age 30, a path that almost devastated him. In 8th, He gives an honest look at why the realization of an impossible dream doesn’t always end the way you planned it.
Where does technology fall in the equation? For Paes-Braga, the digital world became friend and foe at the same time. This enabled him to achieve his highest goals. And achieving those goals left him both thrilled and devastated. Now he’s on a mission to help others learn how to use technology to revive their spirits, and set personal missions that provide fulfillment and true satisfaction. Never settle for a personal bankruptcy future. cash 8th to strengthen your resilience.
3. Doug Cartwright – Holy Sh! T we live: what now?
Ex-Morman. Ex-millionaire. Unfilled. If these are the adjectives you would use to describe yourself, you could end up taking risks. This is exactly what happened to Doug Cartwright as he embarked on a series of adventures and adrenaline-pumping journeys in search of inner peace. Now CEO, Cartwright Peppers Holy shit we’re alive with the wisdom that he has gathered in all his years of searching for souls.
If you have ever wondered what would happen if you moved away from everyday life, devices and reality, this is your essential companion. Be prepared to hear about Cartwright’s use of mind altering substances that will help him identify his past mistakes and lead him to nothing but meaningful life from that point on. Even though you may not want to repeat the decisions he is discussing Holy shit we’re alive, you will experience a new appreciation for a different way of dealing with the expectations and pressures of life in a fast-moving, constantly active society.
4. AnneMarie Hayek – Generation we
the Generation Z Digital natives are growing up and using technology in unprecedented ways. From the use social media to fight for justice and justice, to use the internet to raise awareness and hold companies accountable, they are a powerful cohort. AnneMarie Hayek’s groundbreaking work, Generation we, outlines what makes Gen Z such an important force. Not only are they ready to inherit the earth, but they are also trying to save it.
As you look at Hayek’s work, learn about the Gen Z vision and skills that represent their “hardened” realism. Not everyone particularly likes what Gen Z brings to the international table Millennials, Generation X Members and baby boomers who don’t get it. After reading Generation we, get a clearer look at the most unlikely generation of social warriors – and understand why they need you as an ally both online and offline.
Related: Stop selling to Gen Z.
5. Nick Shevelyov – Cyber war … and peace
Is technology wonderful? Or is it threatening? Nick Shevelyov is passionate about how technology can be used in myriad ways. Growing up in Russia, he saw technical means used against his father. However, he did not defend himself against technology or avoided anything digital. On the contrary, he began a career in technology-related risk management.
Just when you thought you would never understand cybersecurity Cyber war … and peace is here to provide clarification. As you work, you’ll enjoy strolling through the most enduring battles in history and discovering how they can affect our digital decisions right now. You’ll also hear Shevelyov recommends starting digital trust building as an ethical entrepreneur.
6. Atul Minocha – Lies, damn lies and marketing
Have you ever had a secret suspicion that your digital marketing Efforts lead to nothing but dead ends? Atul Minocha understands. He has been in marketing for more than three decades. In Lies, damn lies and marketing, he walks you through how to get the most out of your online marketing dollars. Plus, it will help you finally crack the code and get your money rolling online.
Minocha pulls the veil back on some of the most misunderstood digital marketing concepts, from social media to content creation. Best of all, you are finally “cracking the google code” that is preventing you and your business from seeing honest results. One final note: during Lies, damn lies and marketing spends a lot of time talking about technology-related marketing and also delves into traditional marketing approaches. So if your business deals with all forms of advertising, you will appreciate this book twice.
7. Adam Coffey – The Exit Strategy Playbook: The Definitive Guide to Selling Your Business
On the heels of his first book, The private equity playbook, brings author Adam Coffey The exit strategy playbook to live. If you own a business today, or plan to own one soon, this will give you quick training on how to make your dream irresistible to buyers from day one. You’ll also hear how Coffey used a mix of art and science to build organizations that make millions. One of its secrets is to invest in and keep up with the latest technological advances to get bigger and better bids.
Even if you are completely in love with your business today, you never know when you might want a change of scenery. Having an exit strategy card on hand to inform your moves can be a quick and smart way to sell. Why lose the value you put in your company? Learn inside details from someone who has bought and sold more than 100 companies.
Technology is a tool, no doubt about it. But like any other tool, you need to figure out how to make it useful for your needs. So put down your laptop and get a great read. Your email can wait.