The “Funemployed”

June 7, 2009 at 1:01 pm (Finances, Good Vibes, Law Of Attraction, LOA, Uncategorized, www.plbenson.com) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The Wealthy Freelancer

Meet the New Generation of Freelancers: The “Funemployed”

“I’m looking for the least possible amount of responsibility.” What a great line from the movie American Beauty.
In this scene, Lester Burnham, a tired and overworked 14-year advertising executive (played by Kevin Spacey), has just quit his corporate job.   He’s tired of his life at home and his dead-end career.   And upon seeing a “Now Hiring” sign at the local fast-food joint, he decides to really simplify and start all over as a burger flipper.

This scene came to mind when I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about high-powered and highly educated single young professionals who have recently lost their jobs. The article talked about a trend called “funemployment,” where many young professionals are opting to stay unemployed indefinitely.

Basically, these individuals gave their careers everything they had.   And after years of sacrifice, they suddenly find themselves unemployed…and tired of the corporate BS.   So instead of looking for another job, they’re taking advantage of the opportunity to do all the things they’ve been putting off for years.

Some are traveling the world. Others just want to hang out at the beach and drink margaritas, take road trips to see friends and family, or play golf every day.

To me, this is just more evidence that we’re about to see a massive paradigm shift in the way we view work.   The current “work them to death” model in corporate America is broken.   People are tired of sacrificing everything for their career, only to get a pink slip at the end.

And we have a new generation entering the workforce that has a very different view of what the right work-life balance should be.

That’s why I’m confident that a large percentage of these “funemployed” will come back (when their severance and savings run out!) as freelancers and solo professionals – not as corporate execs. They want the high pay, but they’re not willing to compromise too much to get it.  Which means that in many cases they’ll have to settle for less until they build their solo careers.

But I think most of them will be OK with that. The freedom to design the life they want and live by their own rules will be the biggest reward. And it won’t be long before many of them are earning more (and doing more of what they want) than they did in their corporate jobs.

What do you think?

When you talk to friends and colleagues, are you sensing the same attitude changes about work?

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How to Stay Calm in a Financial Crisis

May 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm (Finances, Good Vibes, Law Of Attraction, LOA, Uncategorized, www.plbenson.com) (, , , )

*How to stay calm in a financial crisis?*

No one loves a financial crisis, but it can be the greatest
gift of growth. The first truth to recognize is this
– the world is dynamic and changing – and no matter the
severity of the situation, it is ALWAYS possible to turn
it around. It’s simply a matter of time.

Most millionaires have been broke at least a couple times
in their life. What is the difference between someone who
turns around $25,000, $100,000, or $1M+ in debt (remember
Donald Trump years ago)? It’s their ability to embrace the
reality of the situation, then consciously act and adapt.
It may mean getting creative or taking a job that isn’t your
first choice. It could mean filing bankruptcy. It may
require you to let go of your fears and play bigger than you
ever have before.

Finding your peaceful center during a financial crisis will
allow you to remain connected to your most powerful sense of
self and make clear and conscious choices.

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