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Do That Thing You Want To Do Now

When several friends were laid off a few months ago, they all had to decide what to do next.  Everyone knew layoffs were coming, and just about every person worrying about it worried that he or she was going to be included.  Few of them did anything to prepare for it, though.  I keep saying now like I did then:  Think now about what you want to do if you lose your job and start doing it now.  Automation is coming.  Layoffs are coming, so do that thing you want to do now.

Whatever you think you might want to do if you get laid off, start it now.

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Age of Ultron

As the automation era quickly approaches, we’ll probably start capitalizing Automation Era, or maybe call it the Automation Economy.  Automation will force layoffs.  We might not just lose our jobs; we might lose most jobs. We were being really dramatic at work yesterday and said:

“Automation isn’t going to replace our jobs; it’s going to replace all jobs.”

I’m not opposed to going dramatic early!

The title of this Ars Technica story says “AI could threaten up to 47 percent of jobs in two decades.”

There is also this story that says “Robots will ‘steal’ six percent of US jobs by 2021” and this one that says “80% of IT Jobs can be Replaced by Automation”, although that was specifically IT jobs.

So according to the webs, we’ve got a 6 to 80% chance of losing our jobs.

That’s not very specific.

It’s still a thing, though.  It’s probably going to be the new W2K scare.  I guess automation is whipping out all those positions w2k created in the 90s.

That’s not funny.

Here is something else I like to say, though:

Whether the chances are closer to 6% or to 80%, don’t wait.

Start Now

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So maybe you’ve noticed I’ve had this action theme going the last few weeks.

Do Happiness

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Optimism Is Not Enough

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The Best Way to Grow is Imagine, Plan, Prepare and Act

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Now is The Second Best Time to Start

For a month, I’ve been trying to encourage you into action.

Well, today I’m pretty much stooping to trying to scare you into action.

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Start Now For work

If we’re thinking about doing something, we might as well just do it.  Let’s at least start doing what we need to do so that we can start doing what we want to do when we’re finished making excuses.

When that day comes the HR calls us into that meeting.  When we have to go back to your cubes and pack our personal effects.  Then we go to the bar and discuss how much we hate Da Man.

We’ve already got some work.  We’ve got an audience or customers.  We’ve got a lot more extra time to ramp it up.

Start Now For Happiness

Mainly, I want you to start for you.

Hey!  Drop the first person mode!

Whether or not we need the money or the work, the action is what builds happiness.  Even the hard, painful uncomfortable work builds happiness.

Especially the hard, painful uncomfortable work.

 

Do.

 

Build.

 

Assemble.

( I just assembled a Pax wardrobe from IKEA and boy did it feel good!)

The gradual progression towards a goal or ideal. Earl Nightingale said, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.”  He said success, but I’m pretty sure he meant Happiness. He probably also meant something a little more profound than a Pax wardrobe.  Either way, Earl was right!

Start Now For Fun

We could start playing open mics if we’d started playing guitar six months ago.  Start now, we’ll have to practice a few months, then we get to perform!  Start in a few months, and we’ll have to wait until next year.

We could be looking great on the beach today if we’d started eating better six months ago.  Start now, still got time!  Start in a few months, and we’ll have to wait until next year to feel and look better.

Starting now means in a few months we enjoy the progress.  Starting in a few months means in a few months we regret not starting a few months ago.

Start now and enjoy progress in a few months.  Start in a few months and regret not starting a few months ago.

What do you think?  Is Timon or Pumba the greatest ever?  And what are you about starting now?  Please comment below.

Although Disqus is great, and I recommend registering for it to enjoy its full functionality, you can bypass registration if you click “Start the discussion…,” then Name, and the “I’d rather post as a guest” checkbox appears.

As if by magic.

Try it. I dare you.

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  • The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida helped to open my eyes to the fallacy of living for one day when all is complete and perfect. Too many of us, myself included, have been guilty of waiting to live. I have made a commitment to end this way of thinking and help others do the same. Kudos.

    • Shayne

      I waited too long too. I think it’s a sign of the times. Things haven’t ended up the way were were told they would, so now we need to pivot, yes?

      • I think they did and that is the problem. As Alan Watts stated we are conditioning people from the time of kids with an expectation that this grand thing is coming one day. Be a good little boy or girl and learn you ABCs in kindergarten. Then enter first grade and through high school with good grades for college because you want a good job right? Then in college focus on graduating and entering the workplace as a contributing member of society. Upon starting your career work on your five year plan because this thing is coming. And then one day you wake and realized the whole game was a sham. You lived life as if it was a journey to a destination when it was just a song and you were supposed to dance. This is the trap that we need to wake up from.

        • Shayne

          “You lived life as if it was a journey to a destination when it was just a song and you were supposed to dance.”

          Great line!

          You’ve got a tweetable image with the quote, right? 🙂

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