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The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Paperback : 302 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1619613352
- ISBN-13 : 978-1619613355
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.69 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Lioncrest Publishing; 1st edition (June 29, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)!
I've struggled to explain exactly what IT is, and how to do it, but for those of us who have taken the red pill and left "The Matrix," it is blinding obvious that the entrepreneurial path is a safer path than the college and career path that worked so well for the past generation (or did it?).
This book attempts to explain exactly what is happening, why it is happening, and how you can get in on it.
I highly recommend reading this if you want to know why and how I've been able to live like a king while travelling to 13 different countries over the past 2 years, without ever having a "real" job, and without ever running out of money and having to return home.
We are at a time in history where this sort of freedom is the more accessible to people than ever before.
I don't want to be preaching to people how they should become an entrepreneur, I know that is not right for everyone.
However, everyone CAN be "entrepreneurial" and in fact that may be the only way to have a job or make a living in the future.
Everyone should understand this, which is why I highly recommend this book as he lays it out in a very well written and easy to understand way.
This would be a good book for someone considering leaving their 9 to 5 job, to see why doing that might be a viable option. It also might be a good book to recommend if you're a digital nomad or entrepreneur trying to explain the current work climate to your parents or friends.
I read it in one sitting to have a feel for the material & I think a determined reader could do that in one go. At the current promo for USD$0.99 for the Kindle version, it's worth getting + you get the bonus downloads (including 10 audio interviews) which are interesting.
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Many people are getting left behind in today's society which leaves a gulf for extreme politicians to exploit which is the price we are paying for not evolving with the times.
Though lots of ideas and information to give us food for thought as the world moves ever closer to automatisation and the influence of A.I.
In addition, I would have liked to have seen more actionable, meaningful, and relevant "how-to blueprints" on dealing with the implications today of "the end of jobs" that do not come across as overwhelming or vague. Sometimes, often even, there are solutions to these problems that are far simpler than those cited by the author. Or to put another way, complex problems don't always need complex remedies.
Perhaps if the ebook layout had shorter paragraphs, more bullet points, shorter chapters, better chapter headings, essentially creating bite-sized information blocks, rather than, to continue the comparison, what seem like engorged meals.
Plus fewer of what almost seem like affiliate links to third party services would be nice.
But a great read and well worth buying.
I would highly recommend the book this well written and very easy to read book. Especially if you are about to go to college or do an MBA or get you some other credential that will saddle you with a lot of debt. If you buy the Kindle edition you are looking at about £2 - if you take on board Taylor's philosophy and that of his peers this £2 investment might save you 5 or 6 figures ultimately if you choose a different path - not a bad investment..
Taylor does a great job of explaining how the world is changing and becoming a better place for the entrepreneur. He also does a great job of explaining how the barriers to entry of becoming an entrepreneur are fast disappearing using examples like AirBnB.
My one criticism was that in researching the book, Taylor spent a lot of time in various parts of the world with people who were doing their own thing business wise - I felt the book could have done with a little more biographical detail in relation to some of the examples used - more reflective of the amount of time he had spent learning about these peoples businesses.
The thing I love about books like this and podcasts like James Altucher's is that they turn you on to so much other useful stuff - an example would be the Stair Stepping methodology which removes some of the fear of becoming an entrepreneur by explaining that it is best to start off very small. The thing I don't like is that I never feel there is enough time to properly learn all this new stuff..
Truths about how the world of jobs is changing hits you right between the eyes when you think about the company you currently work for, and how it's changed so far and you didn't even notice.