"If you have a job where you can wear nice pants to the office and you get weekends off, you have a good life."
That's what a new client of mine was told by his father growing up as a child. It pretty much sums up the old "American Dream" in a nutshell. You go to work at the same company for 40 years, work hard, advance up the ladder, and save enough money to be happy in your golden years.
So why then didn't my client feel like life was good?
Two months after landing what was supposed to be his "dream job" after college, my client sat at his desk and said to himself "this life isn't for me."
That was in 2006.
11 years later, he was still going through the motions at the same company. As his father's message repeated on a loop in his brain, he tried to convince himself that there was nothing to be unhappy about. He didn't struggle financially, his bills were all paid, and he could afford to take nice vacations.
He thought what he needed was to get a promotion. When he got a bigger title and still felt unhappy, he quit that job, took two months off, and found a new job at a different company.
When he still felt stuck, he called me.
The truth is this client isn't "stuck." He was simply raised by his Father to create a life he doesn't want anymore.
He's not alone. There is a shift happening in America.. A new report released this morning says the number of Americans who will choose self-employment will triple by 2020. People are tired of working in an office where profits and shareholder value are more important than purpose.
In a survey of 11,000 workers, the #1 factor which determines career fulfillment has nothing to do with salary, benefits, or promise of upward mobility. It actually is knowing that our work each day tangibly improves the lives of other people. We want to use our unique gifts to provide value to the world.
This is called thriving in your life's purpose.
Why aren't we doing it? For many people I meet, they have spent their lives living to meet the expectations of other people that they forgot who they are and what they love in the first place. For others, financial fears keep them in a mundane office job which feels "safe."
Yet, with the rise of artificial intelligence, many of the jobs that once seemed secure will become obsolete. According to Forbes:
- 1/3rd of commercial driving jobs will become automated in the age of self driving cars.
- Up to 40% of legal support staff jobs will be automated by 2020.
- Construction jobs will be replaced by machines, including bricklayers and bulldozer and crane operators.
- IBM's Watson is already working with doctors to detect early cancer. This is bad news for many medical professionals, including administrative and records keepers who will be victims of new technology.
- Accountants and financial analysts are predicted to be replaced by AI.
- Salespeople. As ecommerce grows, sales executives are at risk to be squeezed out.
The good news? Jobs with a high level of emotional intelligence have huge opportunities in the future. Meaning if you can use your creativity or life experience to help other people solve problems, you have a tremendous opportunity to increase your income AND your impact in the years ahead.
Yes, your purpose can become your paycheck.
In my life, I now earn MORE money than I did at my corporate job while working from home in sweatpants. I have freedom over my time and schedule and can work from anywhere in the world I choose.
Most importantly, I feel the fulfillment that comes from adding value to the lives of my clients.
How did all of this happen? It's not because I'm a sorcerer (although that would be awesome). It's because abundance in ALL forms follows living your purpose. When you are using your energy to provide value to the world, that energy will come back to you... and money is an energetic currency.
If there is a little voice in your head that tells you it's time to play a bigger game. If you want to replace the feelings of boredom and stagnation with freedom and opportunity. If you are ready to step into a higher level of income, service, and leadership, it would be my greatest privilege to help you move forward.
It all starts with scheduling a complimentary, 30-minute discovery call with me.