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Free Agent Nation: The future of working for yourself

Posted on: January 7, 2009

Knowledge is the currency of the new economy.

In the information age (knowledge workers) that is just a passing fad and the Conceptual Age that eagerly waits for us with to adapt it, time has come to think different and believe in a Change. How soon this change will happen, we don’t know yet, but if you are willing to leave that shield of indifference that you caress so possessively around yourself, you are bound to find where we are collectively going, the challenge still being, what is your vision?

 Working for yourself means doing all that you want to do, writing your own job description. In the fair market that we have now, there is no dearth of inherent talent; sooner or later someone will replace you. So now, the fear is extinction, DISTINCT or EXTINCT.

This shift is due to a variety of reasons, dull workplaces, more information at every ones disposal, internet that has bridged the gap between people , making virtually any data available at our fingertips, people questioning the reason of their existence , more often.

I was just reading this pdf about Jimmy Wales , and how immense difference he is making to the knowledge database (vis a vis Britannica) .After18 months and $250,000, they had 12 articles. To reach the one millionth article, total investment, $500,000, most of it being from Wales himself. Not that is some vision .

What Jimmy was trying to do, was to turn the Britannica (one best way model as against one smart guy modelAristotle, and other great philosophers and historians) into a one for all model, where several moderately smart people work towards this vision of creating something really big.

Two quick lessons here:

  1. Conformity is a passing fad. Together we can do a lot more , if we direct our synergies in a productive manner.
  2. The future belongs to those who invest in knowledge, so the quicker you start , the more leveraged you are.

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ek

Every day in Africa a deer wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest deer or it will starve to death.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a deer .When the sun comes up, you better be running.

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[…] is Matt, and endless other people like him who believe that knowledge is the currency of the new economy , and that we are moving past the information age to the conceptual age predicting something new ? […]

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