The past doesn´t tell the future
When talking about the future of technology, as we are heading into the fourth industrial revolution, we are often pointing back in time on the other revolutions which have a 30-50 years room apart from each other, as the truth. We often use history to say what will happen in the future, but thinking about it I can't turn away from Nassim Taleb`s sentence in the book "Black Swan" (2009):
"1. To rely on the past is at best irrelevant, At worst catastrophic. We overestimate what we know, and underestimate what we don't know."
– Nassim Taleb
Another advantage you have as a youth (if you are able to keep a curious and open mind), is that you can look at the future with the eyes you would like to. Because the past doesn't tell the future, you should see an opportunity to change something you truly care about as something very real and possible, no matter the hardships you face. When you have the opportunity and you are empowered to move fast with less, you should always do that. Throw away the fear, and start failing so fast that no one will understand what hit them, and fight for what you believe in – but stay open and reflect to ensure that you end up working towards what you started on in the first place.
Seeing as most youth in the world are not empowered, that most people do not have the same opportunities as youth in Norway, Sweden or Denmark, it's imperative that more initiatives focus not only on gathering youth but also educating them, helping them, pushing them and ultimately giving them a real platform to jump from.