This is Not My Beautiful Life

You live and work in a far less secure professional world than anyone has ever known. No longer is there any such thing as job security. You are somewhere in the throes of a half-century work life, a career in which you are likely to have three or more distinct careers and statistically likely to change jobs about every four years, where economic recessions come around every 7 to 10 years and age discrimination is going to begin to kick in around age fifty.

When I first started to write the Knock ’em Dead books in the mid-1980s, I was called a communist and worse and asked how I could suggest that Americans be disloyal to their employers. History has shown it was the corporations that broke the employment contract. Even today I still hear the old tropes of blind loyalty out everyday, I’m sorry, they just don’t work and if you believe these sorry myths your life and the lives of your loved ones will suffer.

This is a wake-up call: You need a tougher, more pragmatic approach to your professional life, you need to survive and prosper. You need to find a better way and this is my topic.

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