The “employee” is dead.
Yeah, someone had to say it. Figured I’d step up.
If you accept yesterday’s employment model, you’ll be left behind. So pay attention.
In this Secret, we’ll cover:
(Preface: (a) there are obviously exceptions to this argument and (b) I’m talking about knowledge workers, not blue-collar manual laborers.)
Yes, the employee is dying off.
Specifically, these workers aren’t going away — just the old concept of them.
The employer-employee relationship is an outdated construct, packed with limiting assumptions about what a worker can be, do, and have.
Here’s what employers are saying when you sign on their dotted line:
“We’ll give you a good salary and title, but you’re ours now.”
This relationship is an Industrial-era relic that no longer fits the times.
This strain is magnified by seismic shifts in the workplace:
These shifts amount to the “power pendulum” swinging from employer to employee.
You’re sensing all this, right?
The employee is rapidly becoming self-reliant in their career. They’re setting their own terms and flexing their “worker” muscles inside and outside the corporate institution. And in this sense, the old notion of “employee” is obsolete.
Dead. Gone. Moving on.
These awakened souls want more out of their careers and lives. And they’re prepared to quiet quit, take a hiatus, or peace out.
RIP, “employee.” It’s time to welcome the Self-Directed Pro.
I spent 15 years in management consulting. My first 10 years, I did whatever they asked. My family and my health took the hits as I dialed in for “just one more call”...and then another and another.
My resume improved as my life devolved.
I saw this in my colleagues too. They just “dealt with” the absurd hours, wasteful meetings, and peacocking “leaders.” They suffered in silence, afraid to really take a stand for themselves.
After too many knockouts, I picked myself up and said “enough.” It was time to make corporate work for me by creating time freedom and operating in my Zone of Genius.
I decided to study some badass entrepreneurs. They completely upended my view of work.
I saw how they:
So, knowing I had a mountain of responsibilities, I asked myself: “How could I create freedom while keeping my corporate job?”
This contradicted prevailing wisdom, where you had to either (a) climb the ladder or (b) escape the 9-5.
My new strategy forced me to conduct experiments:
Once implemented, your whole life changes. It’s like taking the red pill: you see through your perceived limitations and stand in awe of your infinite potential.
Looking back, I realize I was no longer an employee. I was the Self-Directed Pro.
The employee is dead. Ya with me now?
Do you see what saying “goodbye” to this old-world concept could do for your life?
Again, you don’t need to leave the 9-5; just redefine your relationship to it.
So, how exactly do you become a Self-Directed Pro?
Here’s a framework for you to apply:
1. Validate you’re in a healthy workplace
2. Clarify the life you want
3. Determine what “work” means to you
4. Shape your corporate role
5. Ignite new activities that energize you
“Working for great companies” is alive, but the “employee” is dead. Disconnect from that old-world concept and become a Self-Directed Pro.
Your Future Self will thank you.
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