Average is over

Thomas L. Friedman, the columnist of New York Times and the author of The World is Flat, wrote an editorial about another change caused by globalization and the information technology revolution.

“In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle.

But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius.

Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment.

Average is over.”