We have all said it before, and I’ll say it again, this is not your grandfather’s world. From the many technological advancements, to the incredible upheavals in business practices and realities to paradigm shifts in the meaning of life and how to live it. Life is very different from the way they used to be. Gone are the days of company loyalty for 30 to 40 years, climbing up a corporate ladder for a gold watch and a handsome retirement. Chances are, you will shift through at least five different careers over your lifespan. So, since external circumstances are always shifting, we must look beyond them to internal principles, skills and mindsets that will ensure we thrive no matter what is happening out there in the world.
Let’s look at the big picture for a second, and rediscover the amazing fact that each of us has been born with a specific set of personality traits, innate talents and interests. We have been engineered to function in a specific niche. This means that we can all provide unique value to the world that no one else can in quite the way that we do it. This is why its so important to be you. One, because everyone else is taken, and two, because no one else can be as good a you as you. You have complete monopoly in the area of being the wonderful, unique you.
You are going to have to take time for self-introspection and meditation. Rediscover yourself. The sad thing about most institutions of education, business, education, etc is that in passing through them, we learn to surpress our sovereignty, deny our personal genius in favour of taught techniques and established ways of doing things. But this one thing stands true, there is something that only you can do in the way that you do it. Do it. The world needs it.
You may have to unlearn a lot of things and get in touch with yourself. Make some changes, course corrections, etc. But it is the best thing you could do for yourself. Because once you start living who you are, you will begin to operate in a high level of excellence. You will also experience a joy that comes from living with passion, and doing that which you were made for.
To survive and thrive in the future, everyone has to be entrepreneurally minded, regardless of what field you are. This essentially means taking responsibility for your career. Don’t give your personal power away to another entity. It means being comfortable with taking risks, being creative, spotting opportunities and providing value. Think of yourself as your own company, and you are the president of You Inc. Look at the space where what you love to do and can do intersect with what people need and you have found the sweet spot. The place where work becomes play and you rake in the money J