We are constantly distracted by the desire for Novelty and the discipline of repetition. Ever since I made my personal phone public, I am getting calls from young engineers and Finance professionals (less than 2 years of experience) with worries that they would be stuck in a monotonous career as a Software Engineer, Associate Analyst or an Engineer in a declining Oil & Gas industry. It is an instinctual call that the future is not safe - not just from a life satisfaction point of view, but because tools and technology can replace your job with the right data.
I have shared about Pain and why it should indicate that you are in the wrong career, but any moment of discomfort is not Pain. Even if you get into a dream career, repetition of at least 6000 hours and scrutiny at the highest level is required if you want to be among the 1%. Unless, AI is integrated to our input (visual, audio), we need repetition to develop contextual awareness, and eventually the knowledge to solve complex problems.
You will experience some form of pain while performing at the top percentile. That is not an indication that you are in the wrong profession. It's just the sign that our limited input options (screens, mouse, keyboard, and internet) and attention is not sufficient to connect two diverse concepts and build imagination.
No AI can imagine what the world would be in 1-year, but...
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