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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Journals

May 9, 2009 at 6:42 pm (Debbie Friedman, Good Vibes, Jeannette Maw, Law Of Attraction, LOA, Meditation, www.plbenson.com) (, , , , , , , , )

Happy Spring My Dear Friend – It is finally Spring up here in the Sub-Arctic. 
 
As I view out onto my deck – thinking of the beautiful flowers and greenery that will soon take up space in the, currently, empty planter boxes. 
 
I start reflecting back on my ‘winter’ journals and how I described in detail ‘My Summer Deck Garden’.  The details about my garden are vivid – describing each plant with colors and smells – describing my ‘new’ Garden Gnome (haven’t come up with a name yet for the Gnome) – describing my ‘High Vibe’ that I feel as I am working with the plants and enjoying their beauty throughout are endless summer here in Alaska.
 
Then it occurred to me – I have to share my Journal Process with you.  The process I use for so many things in my life has honestly changed my life!  Check out the ‘Journals’ article below for more information about Journals.

Journals  

There are two wonderful Journal process that I use.  One is from Jeannette Maw “Good Vibe Coach” and the other is from Debbie Friedman “Cleaning Out  the Closet of Your Mind” (creator of the Awesome meditations that I sent last week – download here.) 
 
Jeannette has two wonderful e-books on Journaling, the first is titled “The Magic of Pray Rain” (love this book) and the other is “The Art of Self Love”.  Both of these books come with audio guides, worksheets and of course the book. 
 
Debbie’s e-book (one of many I might add) is “Cleaning Out the Closet Of Your Mind for Success Journal”.  This is a four-week program that will get you into a habit that really works!  Debbie also has a wonderful Free Manifesting Workshop (audio) for you as a special gift.

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