There are quite a number of books that have played significant roles in shaping my life. I will share with you, here, some that are one way or the other connected to my present online endeavor.
Throughout the past four decades, books written by Alvin Toffler, have influenced my thinking, writing, and moreover shaped my passion as a future-oriented person.
Being a social scientist, most of Alvin Toffler’s best-seller books examined the advancement of information technology and the resulting acceleration of changes in society and the impacts brought about to our present and future political, social and economic life.
As an avid futurist, he foresaw the rising new information society and predicted such technological advances as cloning, personal computers, the Internet, cable television and mobile communication. He even foresaw the downfall of the mighty Soviet Union, which was brought to its knees by the forces of the Information Revolution.
Even today, when I am deeply committed to online business building, Alvin Toffler’s books are my primary sources of inspiration and references. His books never failed to fill my imaginative realm with ever flowing new ideas and insight and have been my resource for re-energizing my creativity, passion, and enthusiasm.
Toffler provides his readers the needed road map to cope with unprecedented changes in the seemingly confusing chaotic world brought about by technological advancements. His books are my gospel of change, I read and re-read them again and again.
I recommend you very strongly to read these books, starting from the Future Shock onward to reset your mind and sharpen, hone and re-direct it into a future-oriented one.
As a devoted Tofflerist ever since I read Future Shock in 1970, I continued to read almost all his works that follow: Third Wave (1980), Preview and Premises (1983), Powershift (1990), Revolutionary Wealth (2006) etc., among others.
Future Shock (1970) is all about the accelerating pace of life of the individual, the family and the society impacted by the rapid technological advancements and changes.
The Third Wave (1980) is about knowledge-driven information economies.
Preview and Premises (1983) is an interview with the author of Future Shock and The Third Wave; a penetrating insight about the Information Age and the rising new civilization.
Powershift (1990) is about the Trinity of Power: Knowledge, Wealth and Violence, the combination of which are described by Toffler as the source of power. This book described the potential of information becoming the decisive factor for winning wars – be it on the battlefield or in the field of business.
Revolutionary Wealth (2006) is also a must-read if you wish to peek into the future – say, the next 30 years.
According to Toffler the existing institutions and political systems are all outdated and are therefore no more capable of fulfilling the needs of modern society. He explains vividly why we are facing structural problems like unemployment, increasingly unbalanced distribution of the wealth, gender & immigrant issues, poverty, etc. We need to revise the education system and embrace a totally different concept of working.
Reading these books will tell you what lies ahead in the future. Even though not all his predictions come to pass it is fascinating to see so many turned out almost exactly as he had foretold.
Entrepreneurs should read these books. Absorbing all the amazingly insightful thoughts will sharpen your vision – either in your business, political or social life.
An amazing future is arriving into our present world every day. Tremendous changes are coming not in the far future – but into our every-day life. Every morning we wake up we are seeing another new future. What kind of knowledge and skills will you need to acquire to lead a successful and happy life in the 21st Century? Are you well prepared?
To be well prepared you must read Toffler, who showed us the future.
The great genius of our time passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 27, 2016, at his home in Los Angeles, widowed by Heidi Toffler, who co-authored most of his books. Alvin Toffler will continue to inspire us with his seriously researched and brilliantly crafted books, which will serve as a guide for the modern man as he enters deeper into the unknown future.
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