Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Book Nook - The Potentialist: Your Future in the New Reality of the Next Thirty Years


In a time when the Governors of several states including: Maryland, Alaska, Utah, Colorado and Pennsylvania no longer require a college degree for government jobs – the question quickly becomes, is college worth it and is it the best option for my children and grandchildren right now?

According to a recent survey by YouScience, many high school graduates feel they are ill prepared for college or a career track. And just last week,

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL shared a new poll suggesting many Americans don’t believe a college education is worth the cost.Former Chair and CEO of Anthem Healthcare, Ben Lytle, has been routinely ahead of the curve in his career as an entrepreneur, CEO, and investor. potentialistfuture.com/ 

Ben makes a compelling argument in his just released-book The Potentialist: Your Future in the New Reality of the Next Thirty Years, that there will be more life-altering change in the next 30 years than most people can fathom. Work, jobs, careers, and lifestyles will be replaced with more enriching opportunities for those who are prepared. The problem? Most people are unaware of the coming changes or how to adapt and prosper. This is also the case for education as technology advances and society changes, will there be a need for families to put their life-savings toward their children’s four-year undergraduate degree?

I had a chance to review a copy of the book, which takes a look at how quickly things are changing in the career world, and how to adapt. Although we can't necessarily predict exactly what the workplace will look like in thirty years, there are trends that can be predicted and ways to make yourself ready no matter what the future holds.

The book looks at health, retirement, advances in technology, and much more, in a well-written style that is easy to read.

Ben shares that, the impossible becomes possible and a reality in the coming years for those who overcome the fear of change to become informed, prepared, and optimistic. Leaders, parents, and grandparents play a vital role in developing these attitudes in the young.

He is preparing an upcoming virtual series focusing on this, moderated by NEW YORK TIMES/USA TODAY/FORBES/YAHOO FINANCE workplace futurist columnist Kerry Hannon:

How to Prepare Your Child NOW for the Next Phase in Education

Session #1 Apr 19, 2023 7:00 PM eastern:

Higher Ed’s Big Problem: Is College as it Exists Today Prepared to Contribute to Our Kids’ Success?

Session #2 Apr 26, 2023 7:00 PM eastern:

The Education System of the Future: The Democratized Personalization of Education

Session #3 May 3, 2023  7:00 PM eastern:

The Potentialist’s Action Plan: Prepare Your Child for the New Reality, Not the Industrial Age

BEN LYTLE is a serial entrepreneur and health-care innovator known for being ahead of the curve. He launched five successful companies, including two on the New York Stock Exchange. The best known is Anthem, one of three leading U.S. health plans with a market capitalization placing it in the top 30 of the Fortune 500. He also founded Acordia, Inc., which became the world’s 7th largest insurance broker.

He is the author of the new book, The Potentialist: Your Future in the New Reality of the Next Thirty Years, with two companion books to follow in 2023 and 2024. The series is intended as a guidebook for success during the fast-changing, turbulent, and opportunity-rich times ahead — named The Fourth Industrial Revolution by the World Economic Forum.

Ben has extensive public policy experience as chairman of Indiana’s Healthcare Commission and the Foundation for Better Health, as a member of President Bill Clinton’s Commission on Consumer Protection and Healthcare Quality, and as a board member of the American Enterprise Institute, one of the nation’s leading public policy organizations. He has provided testimony to congressional committees and state legislatures and advised state and federal executive branches on health-care issues.

Lytle’s devotion to individual and collective human potential through accelerated wisdom guides his writing, speaking, entrepreneurial energy, and investments. He believes people and organizations today underestimate the extent and speed with which the world will change. Time to adapt and prepare is being compressed, opportunities are being missed, and there will be unnecessary suffering unless prompt action is taken.

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