Alvin Toffler, the former factory worker and futurist who predicated the digital age, recently passed away. He wrote Future Shock in 1970, which catapulted him to global fame.

Among his most prescient observations was, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.”

The guru
His observations have never been more relevant than they are today. If you are an owner, producer, manager, or part of the support team, imagine if the day you began your employee benefit career you were able to take an injection, like a flu shot, and you could be provided with all of the most current carrier, client, legal, compliance, technology knowledge available at that moment in time. You would be the guru. The font of all employee benefit wisdom and knowledge at the inception of your career.

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That occurred five, 10 or 15 years ago. Would you be relevant today if you did not take a booster shot, i.e. continue to learn, unlearn and relearn?

The challenge for all us is to continue to be relevant. Are you doing all you can do to provide value to your clients and your organization? What are you doing to avoid becoming Alvin Toffler’s “illiterate” in the 21st century?

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