It’s 2012. You are CEO of an important company. What will you invest in? No, this is not a made-up scenario. It’s your life, and you are the Chief Executive Officer of it. So what are you willing to invest your whole self in?
This past year I have invested much in learning about the future of work. Why 81 percent of American workers say they want to change employers. Why our economy seems to only create low-pay retail and restaurant jobs, or high-paying jobs for people with exotic technical training. I’ve also interviewed many, many people who feel stuck in either a drab or dull place. Here are some of their expressions:
“I am the sole contributor for income, and both of the things I have passion about, I fear would pay little.” –A.
“As a 48-year old, I find myself trapped in an immense identity crisis. I do a lot of volunteering for the homeless. I get immense pleasure from giving my time and energy to improve other people’s lives. The trouble with this is that I was never able to earn a living that supported me. My foray back into the job market has proven dismal. My ability to adventure further into entrepreneurship is blocked by my financial situation.” –J.
”One of the best things about me has also been the worst thing about me, and that is I’m interested in so many things, and good at them, too. For years I’ve been working at jobs I hate as a walking, talking, ticking automaton.” –F.
“What percentage of businesses are successful? Are we ready for constant failure? Are we ok with not being able to afford decent health insurance?” –K.
“I have had a deep desire to be a self made man, to escape the shackles of the 9-5, and hustle my way to success. But based on my actions alone, a self made hustler I am not.” –J.
These are all too common and all too real concerns, fears, and inner doubts that plague us. All of this makes me sick at heart and mad as hell at the same time.
We have created a consumer economy that requires us to continually buy more of what we don’t need to keep all of us afloat.
We’ve created a higher education that’s mostly effective at smothering our children in an avalanche of debt.
And, worst of all, we are squandering our amazing opportunity to create a society of people who work to express their values, their talent, and their passions.
Has there ever been a time in history when humans have trivialized their opportunities and advantages as much as we have?
As Helen Keller said,
“I can’t do everything, but I can do something, and I will not allow the things I cannot do prevent me from doing the things I can.”
That’s my New Year’s Resolution. For the past six months the ThoughtRocket team has reviewed your questions and sought answers. We are now putting the final touches on a new career course called “Turn Your Superpower Into Your Career.” Did you know you had a specific superpower? That’s what our research has confirmed. Our course is designed to help you find it, develop it, and turn it into a livelihood. You may even be able to do that right where you work today. It turns out how and why we work is as important to our well being as what we do.
As the time gets close to launch the Superpower course, the pressure to make it as great as it can be grows. Right now, we are going over the smallest details. Even down to the music and sound effects–we’re testing everything from punk rock tracks to angel choirs! What will get people’s attention? What will communicate the message? What will motivate us to action?
It’s important to answer these questions. I’m putting everything I’ve learned into this effort. And I’m working with the most capable group of extreme talents that I’ve ever known. A team that is a live, organic example of how to survive and thrive in today’s economic culture.
Please accept my invitation to follow the ThoughtRocket Story on Facebook to learn about our ups and downs. How we handle resistance (including our own stupidity), and how we achieve our goals. Share your story with us and the rest of the ThoughtRocket community.
In the journey to the career of our dreams, none of us are alone.
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