As the World Bank describes it, since the time of Adam Smith, infrastructure has been considered the foundation for both productivity and growth. Traditionally, infrastructure meant roads, bridges and the other basic physical and organizational structures that literally make up our cities and towns.
The digital, information and telecommunications revolutions expanded the term “infrastructure” to include high-speed internet access and mobile phone penetration – both of which are now considered essential for optimal economic activity and growth.
Government and policy have also become increasingly focused on the skills, training and digital literacy needed to build a prosperous and inclusive economy.
Personal infrastructure is an essential part of this preparation for the global knowledge economy.
And it’s especially important for the growing number of entrepreneurs, founders and self-employed individuals who face a unique set of pressures and are generally forced to do so without additional resources or traditional organizational support.
The term “personal infrastructure” refers to finding scaled up ways to provide the greatest number of people with the tools, insights, habits and regular opportunities to positively foster:
- Proactive mental wellness;
- Effective personal management;
- EQ (emotional intelligence);
- Constructive relationship skills; and
- Emotional resilience.
Traditionally, the five components of personal infrastructure were considered the responsibility of the individual to foster or neglect as they chose.