26Managing Oneself1999

In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, I think it is very probable that the most important event these historians will see is not technology. It is not the Internet. It is not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time, and I mean that literally, very substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And let me say, we are totally unprepared for it.

A good many of you were kind enough to send me questions in advance of this talk, and I am grateful. But not one of these 28 questions deals with managing oneself. They are all focused on “How do I relate ...

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