The New Safe

Have you ever applied for a job and thought, "I know I can do this. I don't have the experience they're looking for, but I'm smart, I'm responsible, and I'm a quick learner. I'll be such a good employee, if only they'll give me a chance."  

I know I have.


I remember, in particular, applying for a waitress position the summer after my freshman year in college. I knew I could do it, if they would just hire me and give me a little training.


The problem is, so could a lot of other people.


That's the whole point of the Industrial Economy.  Industrialism needed respectful, responsible people that would show up on time and were easy to train.  Industrialism needed those people, and we created them.  We're still creating them - they are, as we speak, streaming out of every high school and college in America.


Which is, of course, why I didn't get the job.


Twenty other smart, responsible, quick learning, respectful people applied.


That restaurant didn't need me. They still don't need me.


The only people that need me are the people that know me, the ones who love who I am, who love the work that I do - the work I do that only I can do.


The is the new economy, the Connection Economy. In this economy, smart, responsible, quick learning, respectful people are unemployed. It's the daring ones that have a job, the ones that take risks, that lean into the discomfort - the ones that invent their own jobs.


It's a new world.


Risky is the new safe.