What are the habits of people who excel at long-term thinking? One of Johnson’s thought-provoking points is that they read novels, which are ideal exercises in mental time travel and empathy. I think he’s right. That said, I’ve also found value in other evidence-based techniques for catapulting our brains into the future, like coming face-to-face with an image of ourselves digitally aged to make us look 30 years older. And I finished this book curious about whether looking farther into the past is another way to paint a richer portrait of the future.
The Virtual Work Skills You Need
| Barbara Larson and **Erin Makarius
makes a sensible point as the thesis of this HBR
piece (paywall). Remote (they say virtual) work skills are necessary if you aren’t working remotely, because we need those skills to work with nearby colleagues, too. Then they lay out the skills needed to make it work.
Gig-Economy Workers Are Last of Marx’s Oppressed Proletarians
| ‘Reports from the International Labor Organization and the JPMorgan Chase Institute describe the plight of different kinds of gig-economy workers who struggle to make even their countries’ minimum wage toiling for giant tech platforms.’ '“Turkers,” as workers on the Amazon platform are known, made a median hourly wage of $2.’
A 2018 Bankrate survey found that 40% of respondents save 5% or less of their income, and half of those save nothing at all. And another survey by online investment company Betterment found that:
- Seven in 10 full-time gig economy workers are unprepared to sustain their lifestyle in retirement
- One in three of them set aside no money for retirement
- One-third associate retirement with anxiety.