When my father returned to the workplace after World War 2, it was possible for him to stay with the same company for his entire working life.
When I came back to Seattle after a tour in Vietnam, the business world had changed. No more lifetime commitment. In fact, at most I averaged about five years in any one company.
Most of the time I was fired, and not for anything I did or didn’t do. It was just a reduction in force, a move in a different direction, or a revaluation of the market. It really didn’t matter what the reasoning was. I was fired.
Scary. On Friday afternoon I was a valuable member of the team. By nine Monday morning I was asked to pack my stuff and was escorted out of the building. A real self-esteem builder!
In today’s world, automation is taking over the fast food industry. Go to a fast food restaurant, order from a machine, pay the machine and have your order delivered by machine. You still have to clean up your mess on your own. They haven’t built a machine for that, yet.
Even some of the articles I see on the Internet are written by a computer. Some of the language and spelling is unique, to say the least. Human writers, at least at certain levels of the corporate world are giving way to automation.
Security is a myth, unless its created on a personal level. In other words, create your own products or services, market them to a loyal market, expand it to the level of your personal tolerance and manage the financial results as conservatively as possible.
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