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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Intuition

May 18, 2009 at 1:58 am (Good Vibes, Jeannette Maw, Meditation, www.plbenson.com) (, , , )

  Intuition   

What is an ‘Intuition’ and what is it meant when we are told to just ‘trust your gut? What is intuition?
 
Intuition is the ability to get a sense, vision or feeling about someone or something.  Intuition communicates with us through symbols, feelings and emotions. It usually does not speak to us in clear language. We all have intuition.  We are born with it.  We use it as children we do not know any better.  We go on our instinct or gut.  But as we grow older and our rational and reasonable mind develops, we lose touch with our intuition.  We ignore it, cast it aside forget about it.  But like an out-of-shape muscle, intuition can be strengthened and exercised back into shape.
When you listen to your intuition it connects you with a greater knowledge.  That part of you has an overview of your life that has your best interest at heart. It can provide an oasis of peace in the midst of chaos, bring you to harmony, help you release negativity, and give you confidence to take action and prepare for change in your life.  It also can be a valuable guide as you take steps to create your dreams.
 
For more information about ‘Intuition’ and how to harness this energy please contact me directly and we can setup a time to discuss this fantastic topic.

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