20 Jobs of the Future

In the past, careers were stable, linear and singular. People chose one path and pursued it over the course of their lives from college to retirement. In our modern age of technology driven exponential change – this model no longer works.

Careers are now complex, fragmented, specialized, collaborative and ever evolving. More often than not, our work life will be made up of a portfolio of micro-careers.  – sparks & honey

A boss produces a follower. A leader produces a better leader

PressureGot frustrated with my boss…I resigned.

Got bored with my boss…I resigned.

Most of my resignations brought me to a leader and not to a new boss.

Consequently, I learned more and enjoyed my work life even more.

The equation must be: work = enjoyment.

Put a terrible boss into the picture and the result will be: work = suffering.

To work and to suffer at the same time, because of a terrible boss, are too much burden to bear for young professional like you.

To work is to enjoy.

Some are saying not to quit your job if the ONLY reason is your boss. Blah, blah, blah…

ONLY? Those who are giving this kind of advice are missing the point – big time!

Because of terrible bosses, some careers are destroyed.

If it is really about your terrible boss and there are no more remedies left (for you to switch the situation) then it is time to call it quit.

Don’t feel guilty. There are really terrible bosses.

A Gallup poll of one million people showed the no. 1 reason that people quit jobs was their boss.

This is a no-brainer thing. Life is too short to work with a terrible boss.

If you will find a leader you are blessed. Work hard. Aim to be a leader someday.

Here’s a big difference:

A boss produces a follower.

A leader produces a better leader.


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10 Indispensable Quotes from Seth Godin’s Linchpin

linchpin1A linchpin, as Seth describes it, is somebody in an organization who is indispensable, who cannot be replaced – her role is far too unique and valuable.

  1. ‘The linchpins among us are not the ones born with a magical talent. No, they are people who have decided that a new kind of work is important, and trained themselves to do it.’
  2. ‘Every successful organization has at least one linchpin.’
  3. ‘Linchpins are indispensable, the driving force of our future.’
  4. ‘The only way to get what you’re worth is to stand out, to exert emotional labor, to be seen as indispensable, and to produce interactions that organizations and people deeply care about.’
  5. ‘Leading is a skill, not a gift. You’re not born with it, you learn how…While schools provide outlets for natural-born leaders, they don’t teach it.’
  6. ‘Expertise gives you enough insight to reinvent what everyone else assumes is the truth.’
  7. ‘Artists are people with a genius for finding a new answer, a new connection, or a new way of getting things done.’
  8. ‘Linchpins leverage something internal, not external, to create a position of power and value.’
  9. ‘The only way to be indispensable is to be different.’
  10. ‘There are no longer any great jobs where someone else tells you precisely what to do.’

Cheridel Alejandrino is a linchpin.


35 Ideas How to Become Elvis Presley at Work


I bought this copy of Shine at National Bookstore-Greenbelt 1 branch. Copies are still available and currently on sale. You can buy a copy of this book for Php75.00 only.

These 35 ideas are taken randomly from a highly engaging book “SHINE: How To Survive And Thrive At Work” (2011) by Chris Barez-Brown.

Shine is an exhilarating new guide to loving your work, and living your working life to the full. For Seth Godin, this book doesn’t read, it buzzes.

Who’s Elvis around here?

This has always been Bono’s (U2 lead singer) opening question everytime he goes to any organization as part of his well-publicized mission to eradicate Third World debt.

According to Brown, the Elvis, who Bono is looking for, is the person who stands out, breaks the rules, makes things happen, shines more brightly, and probably love every minute of it.

Brown believes that you can be a bit more Elvis. You have all the ability to stand out.

So are you ready upping your ‘Elvis Factor’? Bring it on! Here’s how according to Brown:

  1. Understand that you are amazing. You have no limitations but the ones you impose upon yourself. You have all you need to shine.
  2. Have an abundant thinking. When you embrace abundant thinking you soon realize that people want to be near you.
  3. Slow down. To truly shine, you need to tune yourself into you…To do that you need to slow down and take a deep breath. By breathing deeply you feed your brain more oxygen, which it needs to function well.
  4. Perception flip. If perspective is everything, you need flexibility and awareness in how you perceive. Make distinction between a good perspective and a stuck one.
  5. Be human and screw up.
  6. Go with the flow. Find a wave that helps you, and ride it.
  7. Know what you stand for.
  8. Go somewhere else. Do something that helps you relax and opens you.
  9. Make sure you notice when the people you work with are great. And appreciate them for being so. Make it personal.
  10. Know your North Star. If at work you don’t know where you’re going, chances are you’re just warming a seat.
  11. Assume everyone is an angel.
  12. Rest.
  13. Give your meetings teeth.
  14. Instead of imagining your life, live it. Do something real and try something out.
  15. Get fresh. To get fresh, you have to break habits and do things differently. Mess with everything. This keeps your brain fresh and your creativity pumping. Life will never be dull.
  16. Surround yourself with interesting people.
  17. Don’t use your position to control others.
  18. If ain’t fun, stop doing it. When we are doing something that we enjoy it is much easier to be shiny, and time just flies by.
  19. Commit.
  20. Travel. Travel keeps you fresh, tolerant and always open to new experiences.
  21. Hang out with resonators, not vampires. Resonators are people that have an energy that is infectious. They believe anything is possible and they believe that everything should be fun. Vampires, on the other hand, love taking energy.
  22. Do iconic – making a lasting impression that creates a halo around you.
  23. Chill and laugh.
  24. Make friends and dump some.
  25. Wear clothes that up your energy, physically and mentally. Wear clothes that represent who you are to the world while still making you feel great.
  26. Daydream. Kick back, gaze out of the window and enjoy.
  27. Do favours.
  28. Be interested in other people, their struggles and their dreams.
  29. Make stuff simple.
  30. Have standards.
  31. Surround yourself with talent that scares you.
  32. Be a brand. Be a saleable brand.
  33. Do what you love and are great at.
  34. Stop talking – listen.
  35. Believe. People don’t shine brightly unless they believe the deserve to do so.

Don’t Follow Your Passion: Why “Follow your passion” is Bad Advice According to Cal Newport (Book Review)

I have been seeing this Cal Newport’s book every time I visit a bookstore. I have thought of buying it many times but I always ended up buying other books instead.

The reason: I am a bit disturbed with the ideas being presented in this book.

However, two weeks ago, I finally decided to buy it.

“Follow you passion” is a Bad Advice

As a long time subscriber of “follow your passion” advice I have the reason to feel disturbed with this book.

“So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love” by Cal Newport (2012) is a book about counterintuitive career advice and debunking of the famous “follow your passion” advice.

To discover the reality how people end up loving what they do, Newport spent considerable time in interviewing the organic farmers, venture capitalists, screenwriters, freelance computer programmers, and others who admitted to deriving satisfaction from their work. This made him uncovered the strategies they used and the pitfalls they avoided in developing their careers.

Newport argues that passion comes after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable, not before. Thus, “follow your passion” advice is dangerously destructive as it often leads people to unproductive soul searching, endless second-guessing, and chronic job-hopping.

Compelling careers often have complex origins that reject the simple idea that all you have to do is to follow your passion.

Newport suggests that one should focus on becoming really good at something valuable because if you become good at something you will find the passion you are looking for. This means, don’t follow your passion, instead love your work. Keep on practicing your skills. Be so good they can’t ignore you. This is the only way you can develop your career capital.

Career capital, according to Newport, is your rare and valuable work related skills. The currency you use to obtain ideal work.

Passion Mindset Vs. Craftsman Mindset

One should have a craftsman mindset instead of a passion mindset. Here, Newport explains in length why he dislikes the passion mindset:

Whereas the craftsman mindset focuses on what you can offer to the world, the passion mindset focuses on what the world can offer you. This mindset is how most people approach their working lives.

There are two reasons why I dislike the passion mindset (that is, two reasons beyond the fact that…it’s based on a false premise). First, when you focus only on what your work offers you, it makes you hyperaware of what you don’t like about it., leading to chronic unhappiness. This is especially true for entry-level positions, which, by definition, are not going to be filled with challenging projects and autonomy – these come later. When you enter the working world with the passion mindset, the annoying tasks you’re assigned or the frustrations of corporate bureaucracy can become too much to handle.

Second, and more serious, the deep questions that driving the passion mindset – ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What do I truly Love?’ – are essential impossible to confirm. ‘Is this who I really am?’ ‘Do I love this?’ rarely reduce to clear yes-or-no responses. In others words, the passion mindset is almost guaranteed to keep you perpetually unhappy and confused…

4 Rules On Building Your Career

Newport suggests 4 counterintuitive rules on building a successful career:

  • Rule #1: Don’t Follow Your Passion
  • Rule #2: Be So Good They Can/t Ignore You
  • Rule #3: Turn Down a Promotion
  • Rule #4: Think Small, Act Big

Final Notes

It is almost a given that time will come when your existing belief will be challenged by a new idea. This is what I have experienced in reading this Newport’s relevant book. Indeed, we must consider our point of view as temporary,

Here’s a final quote from the book that I want to leave with you:

Don’t obsess over your true calling. Instead, master rare and valuable skills. Once you build up the career capital that these skills generate, invest it wisely. Use it to acquire control over what you do and how you do it, and to identify and act on a life-changing mission. This philosophy is less sexy than the fantasy of dropping everything to go live among the monks in the mountains, but it’s also a philosophy that has been shown time and again to actually work.

Be so good they can’t ignore you.