WIKN - Mark Kelly & Ade McCormack

Mark Kelly & Ade McCormack

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I first met with Ade at an IT demystified course that he was hosting in 2008.The course would prove to be very beneficial as it gave me a foundation of information technology knowledge. This knowledge allowed me to have a very strong foundation of the structure of IT and gave me a thirst to learn more.

Since then, I’ve met up with Ade every couple of years. I am a fan of Ade’s work and find him to be a fascinating character. Most recently, we met up at the Future of Work summit which was hosted by the Sunday Business Post.

For those who don’t know Ade, Ade is a former technologist, strategist and author. Ade used to write for the Financial Times, he’s lectured at MIT and he’s also classed as a near-futurist.

In the interview we discussed a variety of different things:

  • Ade’s journey to now
  • The future of work and the changing nature of job security
  • The current educational system and why it’s not fit for purpose.
  • The digital economy and how not to just survive but also thrive.
  • The internet of things
  • The CIO V CDO Debate
  • Ade’s new book Attention Dynamics.
  • Why the companies with the best data scientist will rule the world
  • We also discussed Ade’s concerns in speaking to his 18 or 80-year-old self

I asked Ade what he knows now that he wish he knew then and he had a clinical answer.

“Find out what you’re really good at straight away. Once you know what you’re good, play to those strengths, don’t mess around with anything else that isn’t within your core competency.”

When you know what your strengths are and you start working on them your brain’s reticular activation system starts to filter data and only highlights the important information to help you achieve your goals and go to your desired destination.

When you do that, it acts as a buffer for irrelevant information coming in. That allows you to be more focused and pinpointed on achieving your goals and your dreams.

By being more focused and having clarity about your day-to-day goals, you are going to be able to attract people into your life that are going to enable you to achieve your goals sooner.

In summary find out what you’re good at, find it out quick, play to those strengths and hang around with people that are going to take you on your journey. Very, very good advice.

I believe that people that play to their strengths live a more congruent life.

I hope you enjoyed this write-up. I believe you will really enjoy the podcast with Ade McCormick. I certainly did.

The podcast can be found here.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how much do you agree with this advice?

I’d love to hear back your thoughts and your feedback about anything that we spoke about.

Take care,


If you liked the podcast with Ade McCormack try out my interview with The CEO of PageFair Sean Blanchfield, we talk about security, Adblocking and the secret to formulating the right idea for your business. That podcast can be found here.


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