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Win Yuval Noah Harari’s new book, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”!

Aug 30, 2018 | Posted by Cristina in Articles

I was browsing the Entrepreneur subreddit the other day and ran into a question posted by a teen who wanted advice on what skills he should learn to improve himself. That’s a very good question. What would you have answered him? What would you teach your children today to prepare them for the world of tomorrow?

Let’s be honest. We have no clue what skills or knowledge we’ll be needing in the future, and there’s no way we can know for certain – anyone who tells you otherwise is delusional. Our kids might work in a domain that’s not even on our radar yet. Even today, there are so many jobs available that we didn’t imagine a decade ago – just think about all the titles related to cryptocurrency or social media management.

There’s an abundance of information available at our fingertips, that can be accessed by anyone. How can we make sense out of it, distinguish trustworthy sources, gain clarity, focus on what’s important and not let ourselves get distracted? How can we learn faster, unlearn and relearn what we once thought we knew and learned in schools, but new discoveries contradicted those findings? How do we combine all those bits and pieces into a broader picture?

And, above all, how do we embrace the unknown, deal with it and preserve a mental balance?

This is what Yuval Noah Harari tackles in his new book, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century“, out today! 🚀

The famous historian, author of the bestsellers Sapiens and Homo Deus, turned his attention to the problems we face today. Now that we’re living in the age of post-truth, disinformation and distractions are the new threats. He takes us on a journey through today’s most urgent issues, from nuclear war to ecological cataclysms, dealing with technological disruptions and constant change.

Here are two must-read (long) extracts from his new book: ‘What the year 2050 has in store for humankind’ (published in Wired UK), ‘Humans are a post-truth species’ (published in The Guardian).

And because we’re huge fans of Yuval Noah Harari’s work (in case you hadn’t noticed from all our social media posts and newsletters send in the past year 😛 ), we’re giving away two copies of his new book!

Here’s what you need to do to enter the contest for the opportunity to win a copy of “21 Lessons for the 21st Century“: leave a comment on this blog post (just use the form below) and write about what skills you’d teach your children to prepare them for the world of tomorrow, make sure they’re prepared to survive and thrive!

Deadline: next Wednesday (September 5th, 2018). Thursday morning (GMT +3) we’ll choose the two winners through Random.org and update this article to announce them. Please make sure that you fill in your right email address, so we can contact you and ask for more details, in case you’re the winner. Good luck! 🙂

LATER UPDATE (Thursday, September 6, 2018): Thanks everyone for taking the time to share your thoughts on the subject, it was amazing reading all your ideas and we’re proud to have such a wonderful community! Unfortunately, we only have two copies of Yuval Noah Harari’s new book, and Yamo and ioana b are the two lucky winners (we’ll send you an email right away).
Also, we started working on lists of books that cover the skills that you mentioned in your comments, and we’re asking the people who are the best at those skills for recommendations, so, hopefully, you’ll be able to point your kids directly to those resources!

86 Comments

  1. John Wells Jr.

    August 30, 2018 at 10:27 am

    I would teach them that everyone has a hidden agenda and once you find out what that is, you can better understand that person.

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  2. Elisabeth Marksteiner

    August 30, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Knowledge is power. Relying on ‘post-truth’ news relinquishes your responsibilities as a human being and makes you liable to be manipulated by those who seek to control you.

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  3. Yamo

    August 30, 2018 at 10:39 am

    I think the problems going on today (mostly with millennials) is that they are entitled and lazy. The kids would have to help me and my wife to do the housework as soon as possible with a fair salary. I’m saying that because they would learn that you have to work to earn something in life and they can learn how to manage money. In which I find it’s important

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  4. Ee Ling Lim

    August 30, 2018 at 10:40 am

    We would teach kids to know themselves, through and through – their strengths, weaknesses, interests and their values. There are so many adults today who are in a rut, knowing they’re not where they want to be, yet not knowing what they want to be doing, because they don’t even know what they like and what inner purpose drives them in life. And because of this lack of self-understanding, they feel that there’s no way forward, no guiding compass, and end up resigning to the fact that “this is just life”.

    So with life and the world changing so rapidly – and change will continue – I’d say it’s more important than ever to dig inside your mind and know yourself.

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  5. Sonia

    August 30, 2018 at 10:42 am

    To help them make sense of the post-truth world they’re entering, we need to start by teaching children (I guess we need to learn it ourselves first) solid critical thinking and reasoning – but in the real philosophical way, not as they do in corporate trainings. Forming a judgement, evaluating and critiquing arguments, identifying the main logical fallacies, judging the trustworthiness of a source, analyzing and synthesizing information etc.

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  6. Andreea

    August 30, 2018 at 10:48 am

    To be kind and always have a socratic approach

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  7. VB

    August 30, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Being a mum of a lovely girl, I have always asked myself what I should teach her in order to have a thriving live. The future may be different that we know today, but I think the following would help:
    1 Be independent, never rely on others for help.
    2. Be thirsty for knowledge. Information is power, so the more you know, the more opportunities you’ll see and benefit.
    3. Show initiative and try to find solution to issues, don’t wait for others to solve your problems.
    4. Be humble. Pride and showing-off won’t help on the long term.

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  8. Oana Caciularu

    August 30, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I would teach my children (or any children) to be empathetic. I hope the future adults will be more tolerant, friendly and compassionate. Also, reading develops critical thinking and makes people less prone to being manipulated.

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  9. Rachel Rogers

    August 30, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I believe we need to teach our children how to be self-reliant to a certain degree and how to communicate properly. Being self-reliant covers a number of bases that will allow them to thrive and be able to function as a member of society.
    Today, so many kids, even college students, are reliant on their parents and other authority figures to do or say the right things. This stunts their growth and prevents them from moving forward in society.

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  10. Kate

    August 30, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I would teach them how to fact check and critically examine articles before making decisions based on the information. I would also teach them to love travel and appreciate cultural differences.

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  11. Simona

    August 30, 2018 at 11:03 am

    I would teach them to do things. Action is the best way to find out what you like and what you are good at. I have a friend, a developer, who took the Train the trainer course and dreamed of teaching children how to code. Until, one day, he had the opportunity to do that as a volunteer for an NGO. He did it and then he confessed that he didn’t feel comfortable doing it. He discovered that he likes to code more than he likes to teach coding. But, if he hadn’t done it, he would keep imagining that that was what he liked to do. So, don’t avoid action, as it is the best and fastest way of learning about yourself, your dreams, ambitions, strengths, weaknesses and what you don’t like to do.

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  12. Bogdan

    August 30, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I would teach them science basics and show them the most innovative projects in the history and how we benefited from them. All of this with people from all around the world to great the hate barriers put in place by history.

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  13. Alexandru Coicea

    August 30, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I would teach my children efficient learning methods, no matter what area they will choose to explore, having the skill to properly learn something will always be helpful. Secondly, I would teach my kids about emotional intelligence and communication skills as soft skills will always be useful regardless of the domain of activity. And finally I would teach them patience and foresight, learning to focus on the long-term reward as opposed to the short term instant gratification the digital world is getting us used to.

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  14. Seymour

    August 30, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I would teach them agility – ability to adapt. No one knows what the future holds, the best defense to be ready for anything.

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  15. Ramona Daniela Enache

    August 30, 2018 at 11:11 am

    I would teach them that time is the only asset we have and knowledge is how we can make the most of it.

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  16. Catalina

    August 30, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I would teach my children to stay human. Also, I’ve recently discovered how important emotional intelligence is for our mental health and for our relationships (with family, friends, colleagues, managers etc.); so, I would put a lot of emphasis on that, too. Sometimes, having a bigger IQ doesn’t make you a better person, we should also work on developing our EQ. 🙂

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  17. Flavian

    August 30, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Self Discipline!
    The self discipline and control its all it takes to develop all of other skills

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  18. Milan

    August 30, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Encourage couriosity and passion

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  19. Ioana

    August 30, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I will teach my children to be hard working and always try to touch the stars, not only their stars :), to be curious and ambitious to learn how far it is possible to get in life :).

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  20. Marius Gabriel

    August 30, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Before everything, I’d TRY to teach them to analyze every situation. I am a strong believer that you can reach any human, any one with the right approach. With some and in my experience so far you can reach them with kindness. A smile, a heartfelt hello or genuinely ask them how they’re doing. With some you have to be cautious. I haven’t mastered it myself, but time hones skills, especially while living in any society.

    Cheers!

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  21. Natalia

    August 30, 2018 at 11:42 am

    I would teach them the openmindedness and resilience. Life is fast and unpredictable, so you have to think fast on your feet, live every day the best you can, embrace the challenge and ask for help. There is no perfect way, what worked for others may not work for you – do not let the hardships to set you back, enjoy them and learn from them. Strive for better tomorrow, but live in today.

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  22. Marsha

    August 30, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Critical thinking, flexibility and grace.

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  23. Sanskar Bapat

    August 30, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Whatever there is to learn!

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  24. Nate

    August 30, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I will teach my children the ability to appreciate the beauty of art and nature. Also let them learn how to code.

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  25. Maria

    August 30, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Hello! I would teach them empathy 🙂

    Thank you!

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  26. Matt Frohman

    August 30, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I would teach today’s children to always question what they think they know. They must search for truth, rather than opinion, and not be afraid to consider truths that go against what they believe.

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  27. Andrei

    August 30, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I would teach him stoicism. 🙂

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  28. Donna J Williams

    August 30, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Makes me sad this topic of “post-truth” is a thing.

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  29. Donna J Williams

    August 30, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Teaching self-esteem (not unrealistic narcissistic self-regard), critical thinking, and a clear understanding of logic.

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  30. Natalia

    August 30, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I would teach my children self-compassion and to dare greatly. And the art of being present in their every day life. I think for our kids it will be hard to disconnect from future, from technology and just to be present.

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  31. Maggie

    August 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Encourage them to see learning as a lifelong passion, to take the time to weigh decisions and considerations, to seek to understand what it means to love one another.

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  32. Olga

    August 30, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Today’s kids need to have ability to adopt and learn how to learn quickly, to be flexible and kind, respectful and forgiving. Since I cannot predict future and past decade or two we have seen how internet changed our world, my goal is to equip my kids with knowledge and base skills that will allow them to adopt to any changes world can bring onto them. For example, physical activities that will hopefully train discipline, develop their body and become a hobby for life so they won’t be bored and pick up bad habits- Hockey, swimming, gymnastics and so on. Music to develop both hands and side of brains, languages, socialization in school.

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  33. George Ellerbeck

    August 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    HI there are two things I have instilled in my 5 children,
    1) always be truthful in all you do, firstly with yourself and secondly with others and
    2) there is no such thing as a “free lunch” whatever you get someone somewhere has paid the bill.
    Blessings to all

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  34. Jürgen

    August 30, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Respect for humanity and civilization. Well, and logical thinking accompanied by always having a sharp look at the circumstances, (mathematical and logical) boundary conditions. And a decent understanding of statistics and probalilites 😉

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  35. Elvira

    August 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Empathy and being able to adapt to changes.

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  36. Monis

    August 30, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    The Skills I would teach them to survive & thrive are Excellence in life, Grit for achieving goals & Empathy for people. And also Emotional maturity, Curiosity and Ownership. Plus some variation of skills outline below.

    Complex Problem Solving — Developed capacities used to solve novel, ill-defined problems in complex, real-world settings. Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    Creativity — Ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.

    People Management — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

    Coordinating with others — Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

    Emotional Intelligence —Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

    Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

    Cognitive Flexibility —The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things different ways.

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    • Simona T

      August 30, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Best answer!

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  37. Mahendra Jore

    August 30, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    As the motives are two-fold i.e. survival and thriving in society.

    The most basic and important thing for anyone is ‘knowledge of the self’. Child should know that there is no one size fits to all in life. He/she should be always in search for what is that satisfies his/her curiosity (and let’s say search for meaning).

    In terms of career options, as those will always go on changing with time and advent of newer technologies, lifelong learning habits will keep him/her ahead of others in this competitive world. More the skills become interdisciplinary, more he/she has chance to lead better life.

    Let him/her choose whatever he/she wish to, but should make sure that he/she develops global consciousness and competence. And should develop oneself as a professional with virtuous character.

    If he/she follows what job market demands and succumbs to peer pressure, no doubt he/she will survive, but this will not guarantee thriving as a person. Because it will not satiate his/her psychological and emotional needs. So he/she has to learn how he/she can lead life aligning his needs with socio-economical demands of society.

    I wish that curious child all the best! 😊👍

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  38. Denisa Dugulan

    August 30, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I would teach my kids unconditional love and how to take everything with a grain of salt.

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  39. Simona T

    August 30, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Self-discipline, resilience and the ability to pursue long-term goals, time management skills, team work abilities, critical thinking.

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  40. Maria

    August 30, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I try hard to teach them to be kind and be social – in reality social, not social on media

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  41. Razvan

    August 30, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I would teach them to value time over material posessions and to form their own idea of time value.

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  42. Carl

    August 30, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Creative thinking will certainly be a prized possession in the near and distant future.

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  43. Nicu

    August 30, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I would teach my child how to understand and manage “money”, in all its forms.

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  44. Daniele

    August 30, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Probably I will teach how to improve the communication between parents and him.
    Usually coaching books or public speaking have interesting tips that can be used also for this cases, like motivate the request. In that way we are growing people that explain why they support/reject something and in a future maybe we will have everywhere constructive comments.

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  45. Monica

    August 30, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    I would teach them how to identify/create their personal principles and how to make choices that are always aligned with these.

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  46. Vlad

    August 30, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I’d teach my kids, if I’ll have any, how to duckduckgo/google/bing stuff and winnow all that information to get the best of it.

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  47. Kevin

    August 30, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I would do my best to teach them mindfulness from a young age. Developing focused awareness and, through introspection, learning about the way my mind operates have been the most life-changing skills for me thus far. Know thyself. Everything in life is easier if you can more effectively pay attention to what is happening in your own realm of consciousness.

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  48. Costi

    August 30, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    I would teach them how to meditate.

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  49. Suhani

    August 30, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    I would teach them the importance of values in life. I would tell them and set an example before them that money is not very important in life. I would teach them to spend their one hour of their early mornings for themselves and introspect. I would teach them the importance of concentration.

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  50. Lydia

    August 30, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Ethics, Music, writing, math, language, PE

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  51. Rux

    August 30, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    Happiness, for them in particulary.

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  52. Radu

    August 30, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I would teach them how to be empathic and how to apply creative/design thinking in everyday life.

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  53. Vali

    August 30, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    I would teach them that they should be open-minded even on someone’s wrong debate (as an example), they should (how we used to say) think out of the box. But, there is more…

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  54. Hunter

    August 30, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    I would teach them to always question the narrative. Think outside the box. Meditate, and balance mind, body, and spirit.

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  55. Christopher

    August 30, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    I want my kids to constantly re-evaluate *where* and *how* to seek out information. Sometimes the source might the internet, other times it could be a person, and certainly in the future it will be something we haven’t even conceived of yet. They must learn need to be able to discern *who* and *what* to trust, and to always be diligent to check for factfulness of the information gathered. With the staggering amount of information available and the ever-increasing speed at which we have access to it comes the most challenging lesson I wish to teach them, something I am struggling to learn myself – to be able to “develop and hold opposing traits, values, and ideas and then integrate them into larger ones”, otherwise known as integrative complexity.

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  56. Yagiz Erkan

    August 31, 2018 at 2:47 am

    I would teach them how to apply continuous self-development through inspect & adapt loops.

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  57. Mike

    August 31, 2018 at 4:05 am

    I would teach them critical thinking, emotional intelligence and environmentalism.

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  58. Alexandra

    August 31, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Out kids should learn two big things:

    1. Critical thinking skills. They need to distinguish the truth, to analyze and to see the fallacies around them. They also need to have decision making skills with emphasis on deep analysis.

    2. They need to know themselves a lot better. It is so important to know what you like, what you want, what do you want to do in your life. For this, beside some psychological courses or workshops they need to gain experiences and the best way to do it is to travel.

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  59. Ioana C

    August 31, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I would teach them to be curious and open to continually learn about their surrounding world; to be kind and open minded; and most importantly to figure out who they are as an individual and to be empowered by that.

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  60. Safety Romania

    August 31, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Out kids should learn about: mental health, perseverance, resilience, socialize

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  61. Catalin Ioan

    August 31, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Skill of feeling happy every day, of gratitude, of love to every human being. They need to know to work hard and smart, to let go when things are showing to not go in the right direction and start something. The skill of constant improvement every day. The skill of working with others for others.

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  62. ArtDevDesign

    August 31, 2018 at 7:22 am

    I’d teach my children programming and communications skills.

    First, the future will be run by computers, so it’s best to know how to run them. The best way to do that is to understand their language. 😉

    Speaking of language, the next skill I’d teach them is how to communicate with others. This skill is a necessity in a growing age of disconnection. Those who stand out are those most able to empathize with others and thoroughly express themselves to others through communication skills.

    Anyway, thank you for the opportunity to win and keep crushing it!

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  63. Robert

    August 31, 2018 at 8:08 am

    To stay “human”, be flexible and be curios.

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  64. Andra Bradu

    August 31, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I’d teach them kindness first of all. And encourage them to read, a lot and question everything 🙂

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  65. Sabina

    August 31, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Mindfulness, meditation and people-skills are the most important. In previous generations, competition was seen as bringing the best in people, I strongly believe collaboration and working together to reach a goal is the solution.
    Protecting the environment should be taught as a vital element for succeding, as the planet we live on is endangered by humans.
    We may think we are so smart, but unless we see ourselves as part of this planet and start respecting nature, we will be lonely humans living in the most “exclusive” artifical habitats.

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  66. ioana b

    August 31, 2018 at 9:39 am

    My picks: critical thinking (based on solid logic, acceptance, general culture) and genuine empathy. I think with these assets, we’ll have more realistic people, who know themselves better, react more healthily to anything coming their way, people who are not surprised by malice + can deeply enjoy and appreciate what they have + are able to see themselves as they are and not create toxic projections upon others.

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  67. Kaerber

    August 31, 2018 at 10:00 am

    I’d teach them to read a lot – they can learn everything else with books

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  68. Stefania

    August 31, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I would teach our future generations to think critically and develop creative skills that will solve humanity’s problems to come, after all we have only been here for so long and developing new ways to transform earth’s resources into energy is our key survival strategy.
    Finally, I would say they have to learn to be proud, fearless and strive to inherit the world, to go big or go home!

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  69. Eugen Suman

    August 31, 2018 at 11:54 am

    I’d have to teach them programming for sure, that’s something they won’t be able to survive without. And then a team sport. And try to instill in them a love for books, as it is the surest way for them to develop roundly and robustly.

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  70. Kevin Shea

    August 31, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I would teach my children financial literacy & permaculture. Thanks for placing me in the lottery to win

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  71. svan

    August 31, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I would teach them how and where to look for truth, friendship and collaboration, to err on the side of compassion and the critical thinking skills so integral to the world today. Most of all I would teach them to treat others as they would like to be treated.

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  72. Ioana

    August 31, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Integrity would be a first. Never stop asking questions would be the second.
    And the third, but not the least important one, that whatever others say it’s about themselves. So they’d better learn to live with their true selves, love themselves and push their limits every day. 🙂

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  73. Raluca

    August 31, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    I’d teach them to stay humble and curious, to question everything, to trust their gut and to be self-confident.

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  74. Trevor

    September 01, 2018 at 1:46 am

    Empathy and a love of learning will always be required “skills.” If you can understand others and you can understand new information, you can adapt to any environment.

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  75. Cori

    September 01, 2018 at 7:36 am

    So many great answers here 🙂

    I’d teach my child first and foremost not to take themselves too seriously. The world is full of people who self-inflict psychological traumas upon themselves just because they are simply being too intense about the world.

    I’d teach my child then critical thinking – to be a questioner, a wonderer, a challenger of the status quo. To never read just one book on one given topic, and to never accept someone’s word as gospel but rather to run it through their own thought filters.

    And then because the two paragraphs above would most likely make them a bit insufferable, I’d teach my child empathy and tolerance – how to relate to other people, how to enjoy the diversity this world has to offer, and how to teach and support others instead of judging them.

    They should be pretty much set then.

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  76. Florina

    September 01, 2018 at 8:04 am

    I would encourage them to find the tools to get to know their mind, what beauty and mystery it holds and how much they can accomplish when it unfolds. Mind is more powerful than body.

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  77. Peter

    September 01, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Life skills: Tolerance for uncertainty and adversity, the world changes quickly.

    Thinking: from first principles (but understand that theory and practice are not necessarily the same)

    Compassion: Hanlon’s Razor (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity and laziness), we’re all in the same boat, try to imagine how it is to live in someones shoes before judging.

    and not unimportant, to learn what is important to themselves (internal motivation instead of external).

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  78. Dada

    September 01, 2018 at 11:10 pm

    I try to reach my daughter to be tolerant and flexible, open to change and curious. To always pay attention to details, because they make the difference and to look to people’s actions, not words, because they tell you who those people really are. I try to teach her to listen to her instincts, but also to recognise a good advuce. And last but definitely not least, to have respect and love for herself first and foremost and then for people, animals and the whole environment.

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  79. Olivier

    September 02, 2018 at 4:34 am

    I would boil it down to:
    1-Do to others what you’d like them to do to you. To yourself too.
    2-NO ONE knows what is going to happen, so do your best and let the universe choose.
    3-NOTHING ever lasts. Grief, bad luck, good luck, happiness, rage, you name it.
    4-Say what you think, do what you say (and don’t forget point nº1).

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  80. Ioana

    September 03, 2018 at 7:41 am

    I would teach them more on critical thinking and problem solving. It feels that as we can not predict that easily the future, those two are pretty much needed in order to achieve anything and everything.

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  81. Mara

    September 03, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I would teach my children to be kind in a world full of chaos and to dream big – not just dreaming, but acting on their dreams with perseverance and patience.

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  82. Georgiana

    September 03, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Empathy, resilience, and problem solving.. I think these skills are a good foundation for anything they want or need to do.

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  83. Teo Voicila

    September 04, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Prioritize. Don’t waste your time on things that don’t matter to you. Always try to prioritize the things that mean something to you first.

    Read. Constantly read and learn new things. Don’t be afraid to quit a book if you don’t like it.

    Don’t be afraid to try new things. The more things you try, the more chances you’ll have to find something that you identify yourself with.

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  84. Theodoros

    September 04, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    The lesson I would teach my kids is to never stop asking why and how. These 2 words/question will expand your horizons and motivate you to learn as much as you can!

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  85. Cristina

    September 06, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Thanks everyone for taking your time to share your thoughts on future skills! It was a great pleasure reading all your ideas – we’re proud to have such a wonderful community and we would have loved to reward you all with books 🙂 Unfortunately, we only have available two copies of Yuval Noah Harari’s new book, so we could only extract two winners.
    We used Random.org to do that, and the books go to those who left the comments #3 and #66: Yamo and ioana b, that is (I’ll send you guys an email right away).

    Also, we started working on lists of books that cover the skills that you mentioned in your comments, and we’re asking the people who are the best at those skills for recommendations, so, hopefully, you’ll be able to point your kids directly to those resources! 😀

    Once again, thank you all and have an amazing day!

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