In honor of the holiday and in tribute to your contributions and achievements … Happy Labor Day!
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 generate adequate jobs for all these that need to work? And how did this situation happen?
So that you can learn from history, it is worth taking a moment on this holiday weekend to consider what has changed, explain how we got into this predicament, and go over what we can expect going forward.
As we begin, stop for a moment and ask your self "do you remember the moment when you noticed that the world had changed?"
Let me tell you a little story which has practically nothing yet almost everything to do with the future of our planet and how you fit into it.
In 1917 the USA faced an enormous problem. We had been working hard to compete within the industrialized economy and there was a shortage.
It was not a shortage of oil or coal or other all-natural sources but a shortage of workers; the physically obedient folks who will be factory workers.
The solution to this economic problem … and it was an experiment of sorts due to the fact it had not been done previously, was mandatory public school.
Unfortunately, the initial objective on the public school program in the United States was not to inspire kids or create scholars; nor was it developed for dreamers, or men and women who color outside of the lines, or break the rules and challenge the status quo.
The public school system in the early 1900s was invented to make a nation filled with adults who would obediently do their job within the factory assembly line.
It was to teach children to fit in by sitting in straight rows and organize their day having a series of ringing bells as these have been the capabilities they would require so that you can join the labor force. And, it was to punish those who didn't conform.
Intentional or not, this system 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 fully employed workers. But it isn’t working any longer.
Why? Our economy has changed. We don’t live in an industrialized economy any longer. We reside in a connected economy.
At this moment, there are more people on Facebook than there were on the planet 200 years ago.
Technology has made it possible for us to connect instantaneously with people and ideas from anywhere in the world.
And because of this, our economies have expanded from localized towns and communities to an economy spanning the entire world.
We have globalized trade in almost each way probable.
In the past, the obedient who did as they were told, were people who were rewarded for working hard and putting their dreams aside in order to toe the line.
They were effectively given paying jobs and long-term careers. They had been guaranteed pensions, advantages, along with the guarantee they would often be taken care of.
And they had been.
But that guarantee is gone for most of us today.
Even if you were to have a white-collar job right now, the majority of the white-collar workers are nevertheless operating inside a factory.
Instead of operating a sewing machine, or welding a widget, they now push pencils, or type on keyboards, or process paperwork.
The work is still factory work since the entire focus of the day is spent on increasing productivity; and this leaves room for creativity and spontaneity or individuality.
The educated hard-working masses are nevertheless still doing what they are told but they are no longer getting what they deserve.
Even when you do all the things you are told to do today … graduate from higher school, go to college, get a degree, work hard in whatever job you may find, in the event you can obtain a job, you aren't guaranteed anything.
Businesses are being forced to change, right now, or die.
Layoffs take place much more frequently than jobs seem to appear with the highest paying jobs disappearing or heading overseas at an alarming rate.
For those who have a job where your boss tells you specifically what action to take, they are constantly searching for automation or an individual cheaper than you to do what you do.
Did you know the average length of a job now is 4.5 years; contrast that with the 1960s when it was 40 years.
The connected economy rewards a different group of people. It rewards people who see things differently; individuals who do not conform.
They are people who are continuously learning; they have education and create expertise in multiple disciplines; they may be dreamers, and connectors; they have suggestions that nobody else has thought of!!
Men and women who are prepared to will hard but realize 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 and reaching out and connecting.
The connected economy rewards the connectors!! It rewards those who are connecting a person to a person, or a business to a business, or possibly a business to a product, or maybe a product to an individual.
Individuals who discover how you can connect are the ones who will thrive and accel inside a connected economy
This is how the world has changed. It's not about to change; it has already changed! Things are different now and they're not going back towards the way they used to be.
So, now you understand that due to advances in technology, globalization, and a bulge in our population comprised of the Baby Boomers, we will never create enough jobs to meet the demand for all those that want to work.
The new Internet Economy calls for transition to an entrepreneurial economy and this is why entrepreneurial fever is kicking into high 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 start with why, find your passion, and do what you like to do so you can live life on your own terms and you will get up each and every morning doing what you want to do.
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Here's to Your Success and Happy Labor Day!
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