I design complex software solutions using Artificial Intelligence.
My day typically starts with architectural review sessions from software architects around the world. These include whiteboarding sessions where we figure out what the best combination of technologies, techniques and capabilities would be to meet a problem. We then determine which combination of artificial intelligence algorithms would meet the need. The next half of the day is spent making sure that we utilize AI the right way and follow principles to make sure the technology use is ethical.
A growth mindset to realize that failure is not the end, but the beginning. The ability to understand who will help you in an initiative (green lights) and who is on the fence and can be convinced (yellow lights) and who is against you (red lights). The goal is to convert red and yellows into greens. The ability to think about what's next and never stop thinking about what could be around the corner.
Here's the first step for middle school students
Understand the growth mindset and apply it at every possible turn. This means that people should be bold and fearless. Try things as if you couldn't fail. If you do fail, don't think of it as a setback or black mark to be hidden away. Be proud of your failures and broadcast your learned lessons. Effort is what should be rewarded. Results should be secondary.
"You should just get a business degree and go be an accountant or marketing associate. Work to get a 401K and then retire."