Ditch the boring people!

I had some pretty cool jobs in my former career – special effects developer, European internet consultant, and others. And then I joined a well known global corporation but while the job sounded very impressive I wasn't happy.

Part of the problem was the people. Nothing wrong with them, many of them were very smart. They just weren't my kind of people. They were just too straight for me. I'd been used to funky informal little startups full of creative people and suddenly I was surrounded by people in suits working diligently trying to get onto the partner track.

I quit after just a year and went to work for myself.

Fast forward to today...

I had a realisation this week: that I really love the kind of people I have in my life today. Without any deliberate planning I have ended up surrounded by people who are all creative and entrepreneurial. All of them make a living without a job.

And my friends and colleagues are people who make their own rules for life - they're 'players' in my sense of the word. They don't worry about following social or work norms just for the sake of it. They're into travel and art and interesting events. They all do work they care about and they have fascinating passion projects outside of their work. And as a result I'm always learning something new from them. I feel very lucky.


So if you're currently in a job or work situation where the people just aren't your kind of people, take action to get into into the peer group or social circle you'd really enjoy.

Ditch the boring people and go find your people! Get inspired, get excited and get support. Your life will be radically better for it.

That's one of the things that surprises people most about doing my programmes like The Screw Work Let's Play 30 Day Challenge - you're finally surrounded by your kind of people. It's like coming home.

So what can you do today to find your people?

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How to be a scanner and still be a success

The Scanner BrainRecently I received an email from someone who had just read my book and had been hit by the realisation that they are a 'scanner'.

This is a transformational moment for a lot of scanners - to finally have a label for themselves. If you are a scanner you might remember the moment yourself.

If you're not sure if you're scanner (or don't know what it is) read on...

Are you a scanner?

If you're not familiar with the scanner personality type, first identified and named by Barbara Sher, here's how to spot if you are one:

  • You have creative ideas all the time, whether it’s for a book, a TV show, an art project, a website, a business, starting a movement, creating a brand, or writing a bestseller
  • You love to learn about new subjects and ideas and then quickly move on to something else
  • You have loads of seemingly unrelated interests
  • Trying to choose between all your ideas, interests and projects stresses you out
  • The thought of concentrating on one single topic for the rest of your life horrifies you
  • You start lots of projects but don’t always finish them before you get into something else

If you can say yes to two or more of these qualities, then you are a scanner!

The good news is that scanners are some of the most creative people in the world. Our focus on breadth rather than depth allows us to make connections between disparate worlds that others can't see. We're open minded, we're fast to learn, and we're keen to share.

The bad news is that the world doesn't always approve of scanners. We get labelled a Jack of all trades (and master of none), a dilettante, or worse. The modern world approves of the deep diver - someone who specialises in one subject – forgetting that some of the most remarkable people who ever lived were renaissance men or women.

Bad scanner or good scanner?

Realising that you're a scanner and that's OK is an important moment. You can finally stop trying to change into something else and embrace your scanner nature. And as a result I get regular emails from scanners who discovered this important part of their makeup while reading my book and are bubbling over with excitement about it.

And to be absolutely honest, I sometimes feel a little nervous about it.

You see, I love scanners - they're interesting and interested, open-minded, and friendly. I am a scanner myself. And not many people know that my book was at an early stage going to be a book about scanners - before it became something much broader.

However a lot of people misunderstand what being a scanner means. Embracing your scanner nature, your love of ideas and your variety of interests in great but it is NOT an excuse to dabble at a million different things, have endless fascinating ideas and put NONE of them into action.

I'm going to be really blunt here: That's not being a scanner, that's being a loser.

And I know because I spent many years of my life reading books and learning new things and having ideas but not making anything happen.

I learned that the bottom line is this:

If you want to have any kind of success,
if you want to make money as a scanner,
if you want to have some meaning in your life,
you HAVE to create something of value to other people.

And that means you have to take at least some of your ideas and follow through on them to produce something useful or interesting to others.

If all you have is ideas, you don't actually have anything at all.

The successful scanner

Decide today to follow the path of the successful scanner: Choose projects that use your scanner brain, your talent for idea generation, your love of learning, and then follow through long enough to create something you can share with the world.

Billionaire scanner, Steve Jobs, revolutionised computing, mobile phones, the music industry and more during his lifetime. And he put all his diverse interests from typography to shop design into his core business. One day he would be designing the glass staircase in Apple Stores and the next he was creating his vision for a new way to distribute music online.

Richard Branson is another famous scanner. The Virgin group contains over 300 companies but he doesn't run any of them himself. I bet Richard doesn't find himself bored by a lack of variety in his life.

Both of them started small, completing one project. Steve Jobs created a home computer kit with Steve Wozniak. Richard Branson started with a student newspaper.

Which of your ideas are you willing to follow through on to produce something tangible? You don't have to do it for life, but you do have to produce something.

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Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this - and what you are going to choose to do first.

Are you ready for the death of the job?

Last week, Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, issued a stern warning at the World Economic Forum.

He said that the jobs problem will be "the defining one" for the next two to three decades because the constant development of new technology will mean more and more middle class workers losing their jobs.

And as several other experts have stated, we are living through a fundamental shift in the world of work as great as that of the industrial revolution.

What we are witnessing is nothing less than the death of the job

To understand this, we have to remember that the job is a relatively recent invention in the history of mankind. At the beginning of the 19th Century the majority of people did not have a job with a boss. In fact even the word job was not recognised by most people.

The Industrial Revolution of the late 19th and early 20th Century changed that. To achieve the maximum productivity with the new machinery people had to be brought together and employed in large factories.


As the factories gave way to offices over the course of the 20th Century, the same principles applied - employing people full time to work the same hours at the same location (often treating them as exchangeable components like a cog in a machine).

But now a lot of us don't need to be in the same place and use the same equipment to do our work- all we need is a laptop and internet access. And we don't need to sign up as an employee either. In fact it's often more efficient and more responsive for a company not to do that. Hence we are seeing the proliferation of part-time work, contractors, freelancers, outsourcing, crowdsourcing, and even automation.


David Maney wrote in Forbes magazine,

Jobs aren’t a viable construct going forward. The notion that most of us will earn our living in the future through an employee/employer relationship is headed for the scrap heap of economic history...

The path of moving from the “job-centric” system we have now, which emerged during the Industrial Revolution, to an information-powered “Individual Economy” is going to be painful and disruptive.

But it’s also inevitable, and ultimately beneficial to our society…

We’re headed toward that Individual Economy whether we want to be or not.


Goodbye Industrial Economy, hello Individual Economy

People earning their living from a job will be in the minority in as little as six years' time.

And a lot of jobs that are being created are not necessarily ones you would want to do. Scott Gerber points out in Fortune magazine that, "most US job openings by 2020 will be in low-wage professions like fast food, retail sales, and truck driving." and in 2011, "54% of all bachelor's degree-holders under 25 were either jobless or underemployed."

Meanwhile those who do have jobs are already finding themselves squeezed to work more while paid the same or less than they might have received just a few years ago.

And of course a job can end at any time when the employer finds a cheaper or more convenient way to get the work done. 

The fact is that what was once considered the safe option – the 'good' job – is no longer safe.

 

The new safe option is to be able to generate your own income

"In the 21st century the most important small-business enterprise will be you" - Author and Management Consultant, William Bridges

But the good news is that contrary to what we are taught at school (which was designed during the Industrial Revolution to produce compliant workers), entrepreneurship (or at least self-reliance) is natural for all of us.

Here's what the Nobel Prize winner and founder of the Grameen bank, Muhammad Yunus says:

All human beings are entrepreneurs.

When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed … finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s where human history began. As civilization came, we suppressed it. We became “labor” because they stamped us, “You are labor.”

We forgot that we are entrepreneurs.

It's time reawaken your inner entrepreneur. Make this the year that you begin your adventure to make a living outside of a job. Because that is the single most useful skill you could have right now. On top of that, it's a chance for you to have complete control over your career, and to do what you love and get paid for it.

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The conversation that changed everything in my career

A short exchange with a complete stranger twenty years ago changed everything for me in my career.

Watch me explain in this, possibly my most candid, video exactly what happened and see if you think differently about your own career afterwards.

This video is one in a series of interviews on the topic of 'Conversations that changed everything' by John-Paul Flintoff, features writer for the Sunday Times and former associate editor of the Financial Times. John-Paul is also the author of the rather wonderful little book, How to change the world.




Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

The process of success

Today is the last day of the Screw Work Let's Play 30 Day Challenge. Right now, 300 people are scrambling to get the results of their 30 day projects ready to show to all us on the Challenge – they are unveiling blogs, online shops, new business websites, photos of products, artworks, events and workshops, and even finished books posted on Amazon for sale.

For some it's just a rough prototype or the beginnings of something, for others it's a complete offering that can be sold.

It's a delight for us to see their project launches coming in – people who often started with no idea at all, worked through all the uncertainty and doubts and kept playing, and now they've finished something they can share

And the challengers understand something else: that their dreams don't live or die on this idea. In fact, this idea is just a starting point, a seed for what will come next.

While I love seeing what they've produced, I know that it isn't what really matters. What matters is not this single idea or even how well they've executed it. It's the process they've learned. A process for generating ideas and then making them happen.

And when you know that process, you can do anything.

We're led to believe that finding the right idea, achieving a certain goal, winning a certain job, getting a book deal, or making a certain turnover will mean we've arrived. So we focus on what that goal is and how we can get there so we can be done. And when we can't see how to get there we think it might not be possible for us.

But the people who have succeeded in getting paid to do what they love know that that's not true. There is a process to success and it can be learned and then followed.

So if you catch yourself asking, "Can I get what I want?", STOP.

Instead ask yourself a better question: "Am I willing to learn how to get what I want?"

 

How Claire Hughes started her business in 30 days

2 years ago Claire Hughes wanted to start something of her own but she didn't even have a business idea.

So she joined the Screw Work Let's Play 30 Day Challenge.

Now she has a thriving business of her ownHandmade Horizons – and today she moved into her very own office.

I took the chance to ask her how she went from having no business idea to running Handmade Horizons from her brand new office today.


Start something of your own in just 30 days

Join us on the 30 Day Challenge - get all the details here:


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You've been brainwashed!

If you've ever got stuck trying to work out how you could make a living without having a job, that's not surprising - because you've been brainwashed.

Watch this video, possibly our most controversial ever, to find out how you were brainwashed – and what you can do about it.


The NEW 30 Day Challenge Opens For Booking TOMORROW

If you dream of finding an idea that could make you money and getting it started in 30 days, we have good news for you!

The NEW Screw Work Let's Play 30 Day Challenge opens for booking at noon tomorrow, Tuesday 1st October, for just 48 hours.

Add your name to the list to get the invite the moment we open:


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Announcing the NEW 30 Day Challenge

If you dream of finding an idea that could make you money and getting it started in 30 days, we have big news for you today!

The NEW 30 Day Challenge is coming.

We've restructured our (now famous) 30 Day Challenge to be twice as exciting. Because now we're going to show you how to find an idea that you'll both love doing and that will make you money.

...And then we'll get you launching that idea in 30 days with our help every step of the way and with the monentum of 200 people around the world taking part alongside you.

There's nothing else like it.

The 30 Day Challenge is here

Booking opens Tuesday 1st October at midday (BST) for 48 hours


The challenge starts in just a few weeks and this Tuesday at noon we'll be opening the doors to take bookings for just 48 hours. 

Last year we sold 100 places on the challenge in just 24 hours so we want to make sure you have a chance to get yours first.

Want to be first to get all the details? 

Just click the link below now to go on the pre-notification list and get all the details as soon as we release them.

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It's not about your idea...

Are you still hunting for your killer idea for a book, business, or other project to make you some money outside of your job?

Then watch my 2 minute video:

 

What will you start?

Leave a comment and let us know...

 

"But I don't have a business idea!"

So you want to get paid to do something you love, you want to be able to make money without turning up to a boring job every day... that's great, but what if you don't have a business idea?

No problem. Just watch this video with me and Selina:

What's your seedling project?

Leave a comment and let us know your answer to the question we ask in the video  :)