Some people like globalization and some don’t. The fact of the matter, though, is that globalization is.
How can we thrive in globalization?
- Cut the fear The first thing you must do is get rid of fear. Although so much has changed and so much more will, keep the faith about why people make the decisions they do.
- Put all your options on the table Unhesitatingly put all your options on the table. Don’t let someone say, What?! You’re planning to move where?
- Believe in interconnectedness No matter where we’re from or what our life experiences are, we are all interconnected on some level.
- Openness breeds opportunities When we open up to the possibilities afforded by globalization–greater ease of movement, instant digital communication, more porous borders (national and personal)–we open up to opportunities we never dreamed could be possible.
- Hold onto your identity In spite of point 4, it’s vital that we hold onto our personal identities: the core of what makes us special.
- Switch perspectives Increasing exposure to multiculturalism and multiethnicity makes it mandatory for us to look at things from the perspective of others. This will help us better understand ourselves and our world.
- Factor in ‘invisible strings’ When I studied economics at the University of Illinois, I remember my professor saying that there were certain statistical outcomes that defied explanation if not for ‘invisible strings.’
- The world is at your feet Given the possibilities and the permutations afforded by globalization, the world is at your feet. Remember this always.
- The possibilities are endless Your success in a globalized world is only limited by the extent of your imagination.
- Make it happen Thriving in the age of globalization means fearlessly taking advantage of the opportunities provided on every level.