No matter what industry you are in, it is easy to feel like your expertise, eye, or mindset will soon be replaced. Automation, AI, and robots - are seemingly looming. The fear of not being wanted has little to do with how we make our living and hits home to our deepest fear - not being needed.
The fear of not being needed doesn’t just mean that we won’t have friends. This fear roots back 20,000 years to being kicked out of the “tribe” and, in turn, our death. And though we understand that logically this fear is ungrounded on many levels, it still raises stress and anxiety in us.
The simplest way to rest our minds is to look at the proof. No matter what changes are happening in your industry, there is a perspective and insight that you - a human- uniquely has. This insight cannot be replicated and, in turn, is your golden ticket.
Now, that is to say that jobs won’t lessen. Of course not, but it is to say that you need to take this time now to become the Olympic athlete of your industry. By owning your innate talent and strengthening your skill set, you will lessen the mental worries about being replaceable.
The truth is that you must own your value inside and out so that no one can ever question your worth.