In 1991 Pope John Paul said "At one time the decisive factor of production was the land and later capital. Today the decisive factor is man himself, that is, his knowledge."
Learning is becoming more and more important. The World is Flat as Friedman says - (well worth reading, see side column) the key criteria for you to succeed in the future is by growing your knowledge. You can take away 9/10ths of the brain and it will still work but imagine the power if you learn to use the full power. Not convinced read The World is Flat ! And then plan your next 12 months of development.