ISSUE 126 ISSN 1712-468

Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature. ...
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

Helen Keller
American Blind and Deaf Educator
1880 – 1968

This Week's Inspiration

There's No Such Thing as Job Security,


The quality or state of being secure; freedom from danger; freedom from fear or anxiety; freedom from the prospect of being laid off; something given, deposited, or pledged to make certain the fulfillment of an obligation

You cannot have true job security unless you take full responsibility for your life and the value you add to the world of work. That includes the powerful option of being a self-employed entrepreneur.

Before I speak to what you can do to address job security, here are some stats and comments for your consideration.

Bigger is better turned out to be another 20th century myth.
It's become clear that size and mass, at some critical point,
begin to make companies less competitive, not more.
Big business has become oversized and overmanaged.
In almost all industries, the best company,
certainly the most profitable one,
is rarely the biggest.

Peter Drucker

The best way to ensure that you are not unemployed
is to be self-employed.

Larry Farrell

Admittedly, being a self-employed entrepreneur has other implications. There are many unsuccessful business ventures. Some failures can be attributed to the fact that our education systems don't teach about or support the notion of owning your own business.

Individuals don't understand what it takes to operate their own company. Famous business schools like Harvard produce MBAs by the busload; they teach them how to be managers. The MBAs don't learn how to be successful entrepreneurs.

Many out-of-work executives troll job fairs hoping to find the right job. Most job fairs offer a high percentage of commission-based sales or part-time positions—hardly what the majority of unemployed executives will find attractive.

If people don't know what job will suit them best,
how can they possibly find it?

Security comes from setting your own path, after you are clear about the value you can add to the marketplace. You may not be a businessowner but you can at least work for an organization that has an entrepreneurial culture. When was the last time you met an enthusiastic bureaucrat?

What makes small businessowners tick?

According to the research conducted by Larry Farrell's organization, The Spirit of Enterprise, four simple truths set successful entrepreneurs (and their ventures) apart from mere managers and executives.

1. Sense of Mission
The entrepreneurial way to deliver product/market winners

Entrepreneurs are passionate about their product and cause. Just ask one about his or her company and you won't have to say a word for the next few hours. That same sense of mission will ensure that that organization will make a difference in the world, no matter the product or service. Rarely is the discussion about the money. It is about vision.

2. Customer/Product Vision
Creating entrepreneurial passion to produce continuous growth

Small businessowners are constantly connecting the dots between the product/service they offer and their consumers. Even though Apple is a large organization, Steve Jobs continues that tradition. Apple operates like the IPod.

3. High-Speed Innovation
The entrepreneur's secret weapon for beating the competition

Entrepreneurs are dedicated to faster and quicker, unlike huge multinational companies who are buried in bureaucracy. Have you ever worked with a city planning department? It seems their process is to slow things to a pace that will discourage most developers and visionaries.

4. Self-Inspired Behavior
The power of loving what you do and becoming very good at it

True entrepreneurs and on purpose people do not need supervision because they are fully engaged in the tasks at hand and they know who they are. They are connected to their responsibilities and work roles.

Never go looking for a job.

It's amazing what happens when you are clear about what you want. Opportunities will be attracted to you.

To assist you or someone you know, get My Source EXPERIENCE Journal™. In 88 pages, I outline the exact steps you need to take to discover what really is important to you in your life—personally and professionally.

Remember: Motivation is a myth. The pursuit of your interests requires no motivation because you enjoy them. Interests compel you—compel means to be pulled or attracted. You require motivation only for things that don't interest you. If you need motivation, you must question why.

As part of the clarification process, we recommend four specific assessments.

Job security is a myth. Only you can take personal responsibility for your life by determining what you would like to contribute and understanding what you find personally fulfilling.

Now what?

Read the Action Steps below.

This Week's Action Steps

There's No Such Thing as Job Security,

  1. Job security is a myth! You can ensure your future only after you take personal responsibility for the value you can add to the workplace and to society. Pass this on to others. Make sure your kids (other people’s kids, if you have none) are encouraged to consider becoming an entrepreneur. Remember: 90% of all new jobs will come from small business, not big business.

  2. Self-employment is one the few ways to ensure you don't become unemployed.

  3. Are you one of the 70% who has thought about starting your own venture but have not acted on it? If your answer is Yes, list your bright ideas now. Why haven't you acted on your dream? What's holding you back?

  4. Do you know someone who has put off the dream of becoming an entrepreneur? Think about how you can encourage that person.

  5. Have you lost your job in the past few months? Has someone you know been laid off? You must be clear about your perfect job. Stop going to job fairs. Start listing all the factors that make up your ideal opportunity.

  6. If you are going into business for yourself, remember the four critical elements that must be present for success, based on Larry Farrell's research.

    • You must be passionate about your business. If your venture is only about making money and you don't love your product or service, forget it. You are doing it for the wrong reasons. Rarely will the effort be sustainable.

    • You understand the relationship between your product offering and your clients.

    • You move quickly to innovate and improve.

    • You are self-inspired to act. You don't require supervision or motivation to engage an activity. Inspiration is a natural consequence of the good work you are doing.

  7. If you are not interested in being an entrepreneur, work for an organization with an entrepreneurial vision. Remember: Only 16 companies in the top 100 in 1900 are in business today. Obviously, many did not change with the times.

  8. Bigger is not better. Ask the former employees of Enron and Lehman Brothers.

  9. No matter the economic conditions, many individuals and organizations still thrive.

  10. Confirm your purpose and passions by completing My Source EXPERIENCE Journal™. In this 88-page book, I outline the exact steps to take to discover what really is important to you in your life.

  11. Motivation is a myth. The pursuit of your interests requires no motivation because you enjoy doing them. Interests compel you—compel means to be pulled or attracted. You require motivation only for things that don't interest you. If you need motivation, you must question why.

  12. As part of the clarification process, we recommend four specific assessments.

  13. Be responsible. Get the information you need and make intentional decisions to be free of debit while embracing compassionate capitalism!

  14. If you are out of a job or wondering about your next steps, now is the time to embrace change. People living on purpose build their life's directions on their own personal strengths and desires, not those of others.

  15. Start now. There has never been a better time.

Until next time, keep Living On Purpose!
Ken Keis

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