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.
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:
[share-quote author=”Shayne Seymour” via=”IndyHayHay”] We don’t have anything to worry about, just a lot to work on. [/share-quote]
Whether the chances are closer to 6% or to 80%, don’t wait.
[switch on first person mode]
So maybe you’ve noticed I’ve had this action theme going the last few weeks.
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.
[switch off first person mode]
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.
( 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.
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As if by magic.
Try it. I dare you.[/special]