With self-driving cars and Amazon Go stores ready to scale the fear of job replacement is real.
The irony is the same technology humans created may soon make us irrelevant for most work.
Can your daily job duties be done more efficiently by a robot?
If you answered yes to the above question it’s time to learn a new skill set.
Yet no matter how much technology advances there is one area that cannot be mimicked digitally:
Made famous by the movie Wall-E, traits that are unique to humans are: empathy, non-verbal communication, storytelling, public speaking, etc.
These skills have been overlooked recently, but have helped us thrive throughout history.
Practically, networking is about connecting and building rapport. A great storyteller becomes an effective salesperson. Empathizing with others may be the most proactive thing you can do.
Instead of worrying about your job being taken by a drone, spend your time brushing up and improving your soft skills.
Join your local Toastmasters. Attend a local networking event. Watch a Shark Tank episode then pitch your idea to a friend.
Technology is great, but we often rely on it too much. Go back to your roots and identify the personal strengths that make you stand out from the crowd.
During interviews candidates are asked, “Why should we hire you?”
Your answer should include everything a robot cannot.