This blog will leverage a previous strategy of writing first, and then summarizing the post as a title.
I have been exploring the depths of many different topics and it’s been extremely insightful. To those that know me, I am philosophical in nature but shy away from calling myself a philosopher. I’ll take up that title in maybe 10 years from now. For now, I’m just intellectually curious.
Philosophy is the ultimate goal because it is the foundation of all disciplines. Philosophers of the past were not only problem solvers, they were problem identifiers. By studying these problems, the uncovered the truths we know today and the questions that are yet unanswered.
It amazes me how many questions were unanswered before, but are common knowledge now. These questions, or problems, were answered and solved by ancient philosophers.
Pythagoras was a Greek philosopher whose innate curiosity allowed me to make discoveries in mathematics, music, and astronomy. He discovered that in a right-angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the two other sides: a^2 + b^2 = c^2.
Aristotle was another Greek philosopher who made breakthroughs in biology, physics, psychology, and many more fields. He was the student at Plato’s Academy, and Plato was a student of Socrates. All philosophers who were never confined to one field.
One thing they all have in common, outside of seemingly having only a first name, they all questioned everything. More importantly, they sought answered to their questions which created the disciplines we all know today.
Instead of following in the footsteps of some of our greatest thinkers, we became extremely specialized as a society and study only parts of what previous thinkers studied. If history is to repeat itself, I think the ability to questions our current state of affairs will reward the new philosophers and polymaths of this generation.
One of the reasons for this prediction is the rise of the next industrial age. This age will provide us with more information at our fingertips than ever before. Those that are able to think deeply about this information and ask critical questions, will uncover truths that will solidify their thought for the next millennium.
“We should expect to see the emergence of a new kind of autodidact/thinker/entrepreneur/businessperson/leader who has acquired most of their knowledge through self-exploration.”
— Sean Parker, The Education of Millionaires
— Andrew Ruiz (@then_there_was) July 20, 2018
Let me give you an example of how I plan to do this myself. I have studied sports, technology, and business academically. I’ve been studying Christianity my entire life. I’ve recently been learning about software architecture and blockchain, and have been writing code. I’m a photographer, writer, and videographer.
It’s hard for me to get a job because I don’t specialize like society wants us to. There are many better choices for people to fit into a larger organization with one skill, than with many. Entry level jobs don’t want you to do anything outside of the narrow job description.
There is a job, however, that requires you to wear multiple hats, Founder. Founder’s of companies have to do marketing, engineering, sales, accounting and everything else until they hire for the company. They aren’t afraid of ambiguity and have an innate curiosity for self-study every day.
Elon Musk predicts that technology will be an extension of the human conscience, and has already begun with the cell phone. With advancements in AI, information will be so accessible, so quickly, that the skills we lack won’t be enough. If you think it’s easier to start a company now, this is just scratching the surface.
The internet is 24 years old.
As a person, it is younger than most people on earth.
There’s been nothing that has been as transformative in such a short period of time.
Yet zoom out a little, and we’re still at chapter 1, page 1.
The story has barely begun.
— James Wang (@jwangARK) September 11, 2018
This story will end with the creatives, the thinkers, the writers, and artist, having the ability to leverage technology in ways inconceivable today. We will have a lot of data and information, but only those creative enough to tell stories with that data and leverage it will win. Software is eating the world now, but creativity and thought will define it.
The Philosophical Entrepreneur will rise again.