In honor of the holiday and in tribute to your contributions and achievements … Happy Labor Day Weekend!
For many who want to work, it will not be a happy time of year, as there just aren’t enough jobs for all those who want them.
I reported previously (and summarized here) that there are approximately 120 million people searching for a job, a new job, a second job, or their first full-time post college graduation job … yet our economy will only be able to generate 2 million jobs this year.
So … why can’t the economy create sufficient jobs for all those that want to work? And how did this happen?
As a way to learn from history, it can be worth taking a moment on this holiday weekend to consider what has changed, explain how we got into this circumstance, and discuss what we are able to count on going forward.
As we begin, stop for a moment and ask your self, "do you remember the moment you noticed the world had changed?"
Let me tell you a little story that has absolutely nothing … yet almost everything to do with the future of our world and how you fit into it.
In 1917 the USA faced a huge challenge. We had been working hard to compete in the industrialized economy and there was a shortage.
It was not a shortage of oil or coal or other all-natural resources but a shortage of workers; the physically obedient folks who could be factory workers.
The remedy to this economic dilemma … and it was an experiment of sorts simply because it had not been performed prior, was mandatory public school.
Sadly, the initial purpose of the public school system in the United States was to not to inspire young children or create scholars; nor was it produced for dreamers, or people twho color outside of the the lines, or break the guidelines and challenge the status quo.
The public school system in the early 1900s was invented to create a nation filled with adults who would obediently do their job inside the factory assembly line.
It was to teach kids to fit in by sitting in straight rows and organize their day with a series of ringing bells as these are the skills they would require in order to join the work force. And, it was to punish individuals who did not conform.
Intentional or not, this approach of turning childhood dreamers into workers was an investment in the nation’s economic future. And it worked!
This led to several generations of productive and completely employed workers. However it isn’t working any longer.
Why? Our economy has changed. We don’t live in an industrialized economy anymore. We reside in a connected economy.
At this time you'll find a lot more people on Facebook than there were on the planet 200 years ago.
Technologies has made it achievable for us to connect with folks and concepts from anyplace around the globe instantaneously.
And consequently, our economies have expanded from localized towns and communities to the entire globe.
We have globalized trade in practically each way possible.
In the past, the obedient who did as they had been told, were people who were rewarded for working really hard and putting their dreams aside in order to toe the line.
They were provided well paying jobs and long-term careers. They were assured pensions, additional benefits, and the promise they would normally be taken care of.
And they have been.
But that guarantee is gone for most of us now.
Even if you were to have a white-collar job now, the majority of the white-collar workers are still working in a factory.
As an alternative of operating a sewing machine, or welding a widget, they now push pencils, or type on keyboards, or process paperwork.
The function is still factory work since the complete focus with the day is spent on improving productivity; and this leaves little area for creativity and spontaneity or individuality.
The educated hard-working masses are nonetheless carrying out what they're told but they are no longer obtaining what they deserve.
Even if you do every thing you are told … graduate from higher school, go to college, get a degree, work hard in whatever job it is possible to obtain, if you can find a job, you aren't assured of anything.
Companies today are being forced to transform, or die, at this time.
Layoffs occur considerably far more often than jobs appear and the highest paying jobs are disappearing or heading overseas at an alarming price.
When you have a job where your boss tells you exactly what work to do, they're going to generally come across a person more affordable than you to perform it.
Did you know the typical length of a job right now is 4.5 years. Contrast that with the 1960s when it was 40 years.
The connected economy rewards a select group of people. It rewards men and women who see issues differently; people who do not conform.
They are men and women that are continuously learning; they have education and develop skills in several disciplines; they are dreamers, and connectors; they've concepts that nobody else has!!
Individuals that are prepared to function tough but know that the old way of doing things is broken
The connected economy rewards you for not being a cog in the wheel of life … but for standing up, reaching out, and connecting.
The connected economy rewards the connectors!! The connectors are those who are connecting a person to a person, or perhaps a company to a company, or possibly a company to a product, or maybe a product to a person.
Those that study ways to connect will be the ones who will thrive and accel in a connected economy
This is how the world has changed. It isn't about to change; it already has! Things are different now and they're not going back to the way they used to be.
So, now you know that due to advances in technology, globalization, and also a bulge in our population comprised of baby boomers, we will in no way develop sufficient jobs to meet the demand for all those that want to work.
The new Internet Economy demands we transition to an entrepreneurial economy and this is the reason entrepreneurial fever is kicking into higher gear.
Let me leave you with this challenge … unless you are a Blue Blood, a Trust-Funder, or have won the lottery, we all need to work; so learn how to live life on your own terms so you can get up every morning doing what you love.
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Here's to Your Success and Happy Labor Day!
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