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The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5 Paperback – June 29, 2015
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"The most important thing about The End of Jobs is that entrepreneurship is not a choice you can make at your leisure.
This is something that is actually happening. The train is leaving the station. You have to either jump on the train or lose your chance forever.
Now is the time and Taylor's book describes exactly how to do it."
James Altucher, Best-selling author of Choose Yourself--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Taylor spent the last three years meeting with hundreds of entrepreneurs from Los Angeles to Vietnam, Brazil to New York, and worked with dozens of them, in industries from cat furniture to dating, helping them to grow their businesses. Regardless of the industry, age, race, country, or gender, one simple fact stood out: entrepreneurship was dramatically more accessible, profitable, and safer… while jobs were riskier and less profitable than the public is typically (mis)led to believe. Based on hundreds of interactions and and dozens of recent books and studies, he wrote The End of Jobs to show others how they could invest in entrepreneurship to create more freedom, meaning, and wealth in their lives.
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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)!
Despite the title this is not an alarmist book seeking to claim that everyone will loose their jobs to automation eventually, but rather a summary of where the global economy is heading and a call to arms for anyone with an unfulfilled entrepreneurial / creative spirit to take advantage of the unprecedented level of opportunity that has become available to all of us thanks to the internet and social media.
Taylor also makes the strongest case I've ever read for WHY credentialism (the measurement of knowledge) is getting less valuable and more competitive. The problem is not just that most people get degrees nowadays, it's also that you can access all the world's information in a quick Google search now.
I do have one small criticism. The basic idea of this book is not as fresh as other reviewers think. It's already been explored a few times in other books like Linchpin by Seth Godin, Choose Yourself by James Altucher, etc. They had the same basic message that entrepreneurialism is becoming the most valuable skill. (Entrepreneurialism is about creating structures instead of a getting a "job" that fits into the structure somebody else has already created.)
However, even if the basic idea has already been done, Taylor Pearson did offer new perspectives by pulling in ideas from other domains and communicating them with clarity. I also really enjoyed the last chapter on why doing work that you find personally meaningful is the best strategy for productivity.
"I don't think of work as work or play as play, it's all just living." - Richard Branson
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.
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