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The End of Jobs presents an even more compelling argument on how the traditional education, career and asset accumulation script is failing. Not just failing a generation of Millennials who can't get professional jobs after 4 years and tens or hundreds of thousands of college debt, but all workers. Pearson presents the historical contexts of work throughout history, showing how these paradigms each crumbled as a result of power shifts from Monarchies to Banks to Corporations. Today, the power shift has moved from the Corporation to the Individual, and as such, a "job" in the traditional sense is doomed.
After laying the groundwork for this theory, Pearson then presents actionable steps to hedge these risks and attain freedom. Like The Four Hour Work Week, there are also specific strategies and tactics. With the rate at which digital innovation moves, it's difficult to keep these tactics timeless. But the concepts of the "Stair Step Method" and Apprenticeships will hold any fledgling entrepreneur in good stead for years to come. I for one will use it and the accompanying bonus material as a knowledgebase in my own business and personal processes.
There is a somewhat derogatory term, the Wantrepreneur: a person who gorges on entrepreneurial philosophy and strategies but is yet to pull the trigger and go out on a limb themselves. Wantrepreneurship is a necessary stage in the journey - you must first decide that being an Entrepreneur is something worth caring about. The End of Jobs provides the mission as well as the toolkit to take those first steps.
To be clear, this is not just a tactics-based "how to start a business" handbook for newbies. Nor is it insiders-only philosophical read for established business owners. It's the necessary balance of age-old philosophical theories, real-world examples of successful entrepreneurs, and nitty-gritty strategies and tactics that can create a catalyst for change: not only the WHY, but the HOW and WHEN (i.e. right now)!
Instead it was just a lengthy marketing pamphlet for how to live as a digital nomad, supported by examples of his friends. A smarter four hour workweek if you will.
Don't get me wrong, there is good information in there if this is your goal. But rather than latching onto truly revolutionary ideas, such as the true "end of jobs" as a result of our transition into a post-capitalist economy, he just shows you how to be a different sort of capitalist.
Its worth a browse if all of these ideas are new to you, but I'm much more excited to read Paul Mason's game changing book that just came out. Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
Who should read this book:
• Young people wondering what to do with their lives
• Parents wondering about their children’s future and worried about not being able to pay for their college education.
• Anyone looking for a smart way to respond to the question, “When are you getting a job?”
• Those recently downsized and looking for work
I highly recommend this masterpiece and I look forward to reading more from Taylor Pearson.
As someone who in the game of trying to break from from the 9-to-5, I enjoyed reading the book. It was an easy and quick read.
But the opener, "“Hello sir, you want special massage?” A pretty Thai girl smiled as she framed the spa menu between slender arms." Seriously?