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10 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Job Security is a Myth

About a week before Christmas in 2009 I learned that “Job Security” was a myth.

At the depths of the recession, it took me 8 months to even get an interview.. it became clear to me that this was something I needed to do myself.

After just a few years of working my ass off, I have a lifestyle I’ve never even imagined was possible. That my parents couldn’t have even imagined was possible.

There’s a lot of stress that comes with working for yourself. You have nobody to blame but yourself when things look down, and no one to turn to. You have no guarantee that you’ll get paid tomorrow, but when I look back to 2009 I am reminded that there wasn’t really a guarantee then either.

I truly believe this moment right now is the highlight of my life, but I thought that last year too, and the year before.. yet every year it somehow just gets better. It’s one thing that has made me fall in love with aging, I used to fear it.. but it’s hard now not to look forward to what may come.

I know this is a bit of a ramble, but I have to remind myself where I’ve come from, how hard I’ve worked, how far I’ve come, and how fortunate I really am to all the opportunities I’ve had, and created.

It’s funny now, how broken I was.. how devastated it made me to lose a job making $23,000 a year, one I didn’t even like. If I had known then what I know, I would have celebrated.

It’s funny how what seems like a tragedy can actually become the biggest opportunity of a person’s life.

I guess what I’m getting at is no matter what you do, no matter how good you think you are, or how good you think you’re doing bad things can and will happen, but good things can and will happen, too. The only thing that remains consistent is you, you can allow those situations break you, or to soar out of the ashes stronger than ever. Thankfully, that is a choice you get to make.

It’s the choice I made.

Not bad for a college dropout with a 2.5 GPA.

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10 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Industrial Age is Dead.

In the early early 1900’s Henry Ford came up with a notion.

That notion was the assembly line.

Using this idea, you take a person and they do a simple task, then pass it on to the next person to do their simple task.

He came up with the idea of interchangeable parts, creating a piece that can be recreated en masse and then assembled.

With this also came interchangeable people.

When someone called in sick, you had to shut down the whole factory because nobody could do his job.

With the assembly line and interchangeable parts, you can just put someone else in their place, tell them that when they get a piece, you put in this screw, turn it, then pass it to the next person.

 

The US Education system was born out of a need for workers to assemble.

Ever since you were three years old, you are being indoctrinated into a ‘do what you’re told’ way of thinking.  Do what I say, or you will get punished.

This triggers our most primative part of our brain, our amygdala.

If I don’t go to my job today, I will get fired, If I get fired I’ll lose my housing, I won’t be able to eat, and I will die.

If I do not do what I’m told, I will lose my job.

If I lose my job, I will die.

I will do what I’m told.

 

This sort of indoctrination is perfectly inline with our natural instincts of survival.

So every day, thousands of people got their lunch pails, marched down to the Ford plant, and turned their screw.

The dialogue was simple, all you had to do was find a job and you were set.

 

The dialog then slowly shifted.  Higher education became accessible and at the time very affordable.  Now all you have to do is go to school, and then you’re set for life.

 

Then one day in 2008, 20,000 people woke up, went to work, and there job was gone.

They had been lied to.  They weren’t “set.”  The system, had broken down.

 

So what did these people do? They had been told their entire lives that all they had to do was go to school and get a good job and everything would be fine, that it would be stable.

But this, is not stability.

They had been trained since the age of three to follow directions, but now nobody was giving them directions.  What do they do?

 

The Global recession of 2008 wasn’t a recession, it was the start of a renaissance.

The industrial age is dead.

If you go to a job every day, and your job is to complete a task, to go down a list and check the little boxes, then you are a replaceable part, you’re interchangeable, and your boss is this very second trying to find a way that they can plug someone else, or a computer, in your spot, to do it for less.

Payroll is the easiest way for a company to save money (increase profits) so they are always going to try and cut it, they are always going to be looking for someone less expensive that they can put in your place.

 

We’re in interesting times right now because people are slowly one by one discovering that it just doesn’t work anymore.  They’re being trained by this same system that creates people who check boxes on a list. They’re told to go to school, get educated, learn a “skill” and everything will be fine.

Well it’s not fine, they’ve already replaced you.

 

The world doesn’t need any people who can complete a list, we have plenty of those, and thankfully we can have computers do those meanial mindless activities for us.

What the world needs is people who can solve a problem, people who can bring people together.

The Industrial Age is Dead.

Welcome to the Connection Economy.

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