When I was a kid, if you wanted a “great job”, you had to create something. Art, new business, an innovation, a new invention, sales, it didn’t matter so long as real value was created.
The only trouble with that was, creating stuff is hard. Plus it’s scary, fraught with uncertainty and doubt, not to mention very, very time consuming.
Luckily, if that wasn’t for you, you could always fall back on a “good job”. A job that wasn’t so great, but hey, you still got to drive a Cadillac and play golf on the weekends. From the outside it still looked great, even if all you were doing was pushing paper around, going to meetings and day-dreaming about vacation.
It was too good to be true. And so it was, in the end. Those jobs no longer exist. Instead of those, you get to do “crappy jobs” now. The kind that aren’t well paid or fun.
As a result, a lot of former members of the “Good Job Club” are suddenly finding all this out the hard way. And the mainstream TV news is awash with it. It’s possibly the biggest story in our lifetime that affects us directly, what Niall Ferguson calls “The Great Convergence”, when the rest of the world, especially China, starts catching up economically with the West.
LUCKILY, the fact that you’re reading gapingvoid means you’re probably not in this club of hapless folk. You’re probably already creating something, or at least, working like hell to figure out how.
That’s all you can do, really. Wake up. Create. Go to bed. Repeat.
Sorry, there are no guarantees. There is, however, a method.