Automation has taken over many of the routine analytic tasks that knowledge workers once performed. Many of those tasks are also heading to Asia, vvhere they can be done equally well for much less. That is freeing (and in some cases forcing) professionals to do what computers and low-wage foreign technicians have a more difficult time replicating: recognizing patterns, crossing boundaries to uncover hidden connections, and making bold leaps of imagination. Modern life’s glut of options and stimuli can be so overwhelming that those with the ability to see the big picture-to sort out what really matters-have a decided advantage in their pursuit of personal well-being.

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