I constantly need to draw a specific distinction with respect to the digital knowledge and skills we need to be truly independent. Especially when we have been employed most of our lives, and not having had the privileged of running our own ship.
When you enter digital waters, it's like leaving the navy back in the day, and going into the hands on ship business all by yourself, designed for the sole operator of an interface to digital space, and the cosmos of possibility at hand.
As an aspiring entrepreneur leaving a corporate job after many years, you find yourself company alone, with a lot more functions and duties you once took for granted. In a traditional physical organization, the structure keeps jobs in place, but in digital space, the job is now an all involving creative role.
I've been for fortunate to have had the path of technical exposure in my career, from programming, visual design, technical documentation, computer aided design platforms, and the bare hands dirty work in the industrial field working with instrumentation, and automated systems.
The draw to the internet and use of digital media made many possibilities real ideas to actualize, like the ability to automate messages, or simplifying the business sales and marketing processes, especially while people like tto use Google and Facebook.
Being technically skilled is important in the 21st century for any individual who decides upon making a digital career their choice of lifestyle. The digital sphere of influence is far reaching, and it can dissolve the physical and mental spaces that currently separates us through centralized government and television news.
To be globally free as a citizens of the earth in all it's natural splendor is a priveledge extended by digital technology, but just like any iinstrument, it requires the dedication to learn and the pursuit of excellence to truly master the medium.
Part of the body of knowledge needed is the skills to perform the task required iwth minimal time/energy waste and the knowledge of experience to inform the action, and the result recorded, so that improvement can be made over time.
Anyone willing to do that will master the digital medium.