Help With Your New Year's Resolutions

Invest in yourself this year
Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 9:09 PM

If you're one of the millions of folks here in the initial days of 2017 making resolutions for the new year, we'd like to lend support.

In the years since we started this site, we've created a lot of programming and services that are targeted at the most popular goals people make resolutions for. These solutions have helped a large number of folks make real, constructive and positive change in their lives. Maybe they will for you, too. » Read more

Step 4: Knowledge Capital

The guidance provided in this section presumes you have already read the chapter on Knowledge Capital in our book, Prosper!: How to Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting. If you have not, we strongly recommend doing so first.


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Johnson O'Connor: Finding Your Purpose

How to discover, empirically, what fulfills you
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 3:33 PM

What should I do with my life?

As existential questions go, this one's a biggie. Each of us, to varying extents, continually wrestles with answering it as we make our way in the world.

But tackling such a big question is really hard, and often overwhelming for most of us. How do we know where to start? How do we know what we truly enjoy? What we're truly good at?  What truly fulfills us?

Having solid, science-based data points to help guide us in our our exploration and decision making would sure be useful. Especially with the big decisions, like what to study in school, what type of career path to choose, and how to play to our strengths in what we do. » Read more

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Escaping the Rat-Race

More meaningful work that boosts career security
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:48 AM

The changing nature of work doesn’t just matter to new graduates seeking their first career-track job—it’s equally important to experienced workers seeking to escape the corporate rat-race or build a new career after a layoff.

Those who understand these changes will be able to successfully adapt. Those who don’t, won’t. » Read more



How The Nature of Work Is Changing

And how to (re)position your career for it
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:48 AM

Executive Summary

  • The Matrix of Work & the 5 Forms of Value Creation
  • The essential elements of the future's ideal work environment
  • How mobility creates career security
  • How to start switching from "work" to "work that matters"

If you have not yet read Part I: Escaping the Rat-Race available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

In Part 1, we reviewed the forces of structural change in the economy and the nature of work.  In Part 2, we’ll cover the matrix of work (how to create value in the age of automation) and discuss specific strategies for building a resilient career you control.

The Matrix of Work

In the traditional capital/labor model, labor is paid by the hour to perform routine work.  In the emerging economy, routine work is increasingly performed by machines or outsourced.  In this environment, the premium for human labor arises from creating value and solving problems.

The tool I use to understand this premium is the matrix of work, which is the overlay of the five forms of value creation: non-process-based work, high touch, non-tradable work, sensitivity of the output to mastery and flexibility.

Let’s start with commodification:  when goods or services can be traded interchangeably across the globe, these become commodities, as opposed to one-of-a-kind goods and services unique to one small-scale producer. A Fuji apple from Washington State is the same as a Fuji apple from overseas in terms of its tradability and retail value.

Labor can also be commoditized:  if human labor is being sold as time performing basic skills, then the time and basic skills can be bought and sold interchangeably around the world.

Work that is process-based is easily automated or commoditized, meaning that it can be performed anywhere by interchangeable laborers.  Process-based work can be broken down into tasks that take a specifiable input and yield a specifiable output.

One way to avoid being commoditized out of a job is... » Read more

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You've Got No Job!

A glimpse into the future of (un)employment
Friday, February 7, 2014, 2:45 AM

Today, the pundits are a-buzz making sense of the latest lackluster jobs report. Expect much hand-wringing over the impact of the 'polar vortex' and that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow.

But most of us care more about the state of one particular job: our own. How relevant is this latest bit of data to that? Not very.

So, to better understand the trends in the work environment most likely impact our own paychecks, it will help to look at another bellwether similar to our fuzzy groundhog friend: AOL. » Read more



The Gift of Purpose

Helping others live more authentically in 2014
Friday, December 13, 2013, 12:34 PM

There's something about the winter holidays that causes introspection. I suppose it's only natural when marking the end of year to reflect on how to make the coming one fare better.

That's probably why we see such an influx of inquiries in December here at from folks who are looking for answers to the big unresolved issues in their lives. While the specific questions we receive run the gamut, I find that the underlying theme to the vast majority deals with seeking greater purpose. » Read more