Another of the books that I finished toward the end of last year was A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future byDaniel Pink. The central argument of A Whole New Mind was that our global society has transformed from a society in which left-brain skills were dominant to one where right-brain skills are, at the very least, equally useful. Pressure from automation, Asia, and abundance is forcing individuals to adapt their way of thinking in order to stay competitive.
After presenting his argument, Pink suggests a skill set for this new society:
I think the most interesting feature of Pink’s book is that each of the skill chapters ends with a set of suggested portfolio activities. For example, to read Victor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy as one of the activities under “Meaning” or to attend a session of laughter yoga for “Play”. Attempting at least some of the portfolio projects is something that I want to do when I stop “wanting” to work 60 hours a week.