Be change-makers in this age of empowerment

Globalisation is here to stay. Technology has swept us off our feet and information is never far away. The future holds great promise, as we have never been more empowered than we are now.

Work, as we know it, is going through a revolutionary change.

We can chuck the fixed address and working hours, and forget about meeting the same old colleagues in the office. Work can happen anywhere, at any time.

We demand meaningful work and long for more say in our direction in life and how we use our time.

Increasingly, it is about not swearing allegiance to a fixed employer, collaborating with various parties and moving on to new ventures as soon as value is delivered. We must be prepared to fly halfway across the globe to offer our services to the highest bidder.

Change happens quickly.

We must update and re-orientate our skill sets, even throwing out the old and starting again from scratch. We should be open to cultures, languages, faiths and foods, as true citizens of the world.

Eventually, we will bump into robots - beings like us, but not quite. We program them to be faithful servants, but ask nothing of their loyalty.

We are agents for change, and we must take charge. We must learn to question and be game-changers, self-acquirers, taskmasters and cause-upholders.

Change is the only constant, but we must not fear it. Now, we can finally be all that we can be.

Lee Teck Chuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2016, with the headline 'Be change-makers in this age of empowerment'. Print Edition | Subscribe