Hi friends. Hope you’re getting ready for Easter.
Along my journey of making connections and expanding our network of friends, I came across a genius, a guy who inspires and leads change throughout the world through his blogs and books. You might have heard of him. His name is Seth Godin.
I had a great opportunity to exchange a few messages with him, and what a guy he is. And YES, He does answer his emails extremely quick and by himself! He was kind to allow me to post some of his posts on my blog… I’m sure there will be people who never heard of him before and now will have the chance to be inspired by his words. So Here it is, an incredible post about The end of unemployment!
I’ve copied the first part of the article but I encourage you to click on the picture and read the whole article. It’s worth it! I loved it, one of hte best posts I’ve ever seen on his blog. Here it is:
A dozen generations ago, there was no unemployment, largely because there were no real jobs to speak of. Before the industrial revolution, the thought that you’d leave your home and go to an office or a factory was, of course, bizarre.
What happens now that the industrial age is ending? As the final days of the industrial age roll around, we are seeing the core assets of the economy replaced by something new. Actually, it’s something old, something handmade, but this time, on a huge scale.
The industrial age was about scarcity. Everything that built our culture, improved our productivity, and defined our lives involved the chasing of scarce items.
On the other hand, the connection economy, our economy, the economy of the foreseeable future, embraces abundance. No, we don’t have an endless supply of the resources we used to trade and covet. No, we certainly don’t have a surplus of time, either. But we do have an abundance of choice, an abundance of connection, and an abundance of access to knowledge.
We know more people, have access to more resources, and can leverage our skills more quickly and at a higher level than ever before.
This abundance leads to two races. The race to the bottom is the Internet-fueled challenge to lower prices, find cheaper labor, and deliver more for less.
The other race is the race to the top: the opportunity to be the one they can’t live without, to be the linchpin we would miss if he didn’t show up. The race to the top focuses on delivering more for more. It embraces the weird passions of those with the resources to make choices, and it rewards originality, remarkability, and art.
The connection economy continues to gain traction because connections scale, information begets more information, and influence accrues to those who create this abundance. As connections scale, these connections paradoxically make it easier for others to connect as well, because anyone with talent or passion can leverage the networks created by connection to increase her impact. The connection economy doesn’t create jobs where we get picked and then get paid; the connection economy builds opportunities for us to connect, and then demands that we pick ourselves.
Just as the phone network becomes more valuable when more phones are connected (scarcity is the enemy of value in a network), the connection economy becomes more valuable as we scale it.
Friends bring us more friends. A reputation brings us a chance to build a better reputation. Access to information encourages us to seek ever more information. The connections in our life multiply and increase in value. Our stuff, on the other hand, becomes less valuable over time.
Go ahead and read the entire blog post on his website. Trust me, you won’t regret and it will add so much value to your life!
You can read the entire post here: Toward Zero Unemployment by Seth Godin
Hope you enjoy! Have a great Easter!