Entrepreneurs and Job Holders

“Chuck in Sedona”

Along with the essays that comprise this blog, I occasionally write book reviews for Amazon under the name “Chuck in Sedona”. Mostly I review business or technical books, especially books I like. At first, I bought Taylor Pearson’s The End of Jobs in Kindle format. For me, Kindle format is fine for most books. However, for books that offer ideas that I want to thrash around in my mind for awhile, hardcopy is better. So I also bought the hardcopy. – C.H.

Here is the review for Amazon:

The End of Jobs – Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9 – 5, Taylor Pearson

Taylor Pearson is an interesting guy who wrote an interesting book about rapidly changing realities. Pearson has a “zoomed out” (big picture) prospective, reads widely, and grasps what he reads. He also reality checks what he reads by talking to a lot of people in a lot of places.

The book’s title, The End of Jobs, refers to the sort of white collar career jobs that abounded in America in the 20th century. Those jobs have peaked and have been declining for several decades now. Pearson regards such jobs as being information–based, rather than labor-based. Information–based jobs rely on education, especially as evidenced by degrees and certifications. Job holders apply that information within a defined system for doing so.

Globalization of commerce and of educational opportunities, fueled by rapid advances in communications and transportation, has resulted in a world of competition for those jobs. So, surprise! Ross Perot’s giant sucking sound applies to white collar jobs as well as blue collar jobs.

The good news is that the advances in technology that fostered the globalization of information-based jobs have also enabled entrepreneurship. Pearson asserts that “Entrepreneurship is more accessible, safer, and more profitable than ever before in history.” The End of Jobs proposes entrepreneurship as the 21st century route to more money, more freedom, and more meaning in life. Not a bad combination.

(End of the Book Review)

I like Pearson’s thinking on opportunities in entrepreneurship as a livelihood. But entrepreneurship requires a certain mindset – it’s certainly not for everybody. There is much more to the entrepreneurship and the jobs dilemma. Innovation, Creativity and Right Livelihood, [i] a recent essay, expands on this. Here are two further thoughts:

>> Redefining Work: Entrepreneurial businesses often start small, but they needn’t stay small. When they grow, they need employees. Entrepreneurial businesses, notably digital technology businesses, have taken the lead in redefining work and restructuring employee relationships away from the Industrial Age model. LinkedIn [ii] comes quickly to mind.

>> Incremental Income: It is often difficult to start an entrepreneurial business and grow it sufficiently that the principals can quit their day jobs. It’s a lot easier to start an entrepreneurial business for the purpose of generating incremental income. The commercial and communications technology that is enabling large entrepreneurial businesses also works for much smaller businesses. Multiple-streams-of-income career models can be quite attractive, especially in light of what economic recessions can do to all-eggs-in-one-basket career choices.Chuck at the Pacific


Thoughtful comments and experience reports are always appreciated.

…  Chuck Harrington


P.S: Contact me when your organization is serious about pursuing Sustainability — CH

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[i] Innovation, Creativity and Right Livelihood, http://jerasustainabledevelopment.com/2015/07/04/innovation-creativity-and-right-livelihood/

[ii] See comments on LinkedIn appended to Innovation, Creativity and Right Livelihood, http://jerasustainabledevelopment.com/2015/07/04/innovation-creativity-and-right-livelihood/