We are living in a time of technological innovation and society is starting to wake up to a new era. As more and more stores continue to close down due to a shift in consumer spending, new opportunities are emerging. Consumers are buying more goods through the internet and the convenience to purchase via our cell phones has never been easier. Now, we can even have our groceries delivered to our front door with a push of a button. Our country is inevitably going through a shift in the workplace and we must look for new ways to create wealth.
In one of the most contentious elections the United States had ever seen, Donald Trump mentioned that about 70,000 factories had closed and 5 million jobs were lost in manufacturing since 2000 due to trade with Europe, China and other Asian countries that are now part of the 12 nation Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Additionally, the annual wages for full-time American workers without a four-year college degree fell roughly $1,800 in 2011 due to free trade.
Whether you believe that the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement) was good or bad for the USA one thing is evident, the economy has changed and those who adapt will succeed in the future.
It’s important to understand where we are and where we are going. The future will be what I call “The Niche Era.” A new way of life in which we become experts in a specific subject. In essence we focus on creating our own job and we stop depending on other companies to hire us. We become CEOs.
“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. -Jack Welch”
Although this is not a new concept by any means, it’s certainly gaining force in the Millennial community. When you ask a young graduate, what would you like to do in the future? The vast majority answers, “I want to own my business.”
The option to choose what we want to see, hear, feel, taste and smell is also evident in The Niche Era. For example, now we walk around with earphones listening to our favorite music. We don’t like watching commercials so we pay for services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify to avoid any unwanted noise in our system. We don’t want to deal with traffic so we take Uber or Lift instead. It certainly has become easier to choose the kind of life we want to live.
The mindset of young professionals has shifted from the old paradigm of wanting to be employed by a company to becoming the employer. So, I dare you to create your dream. I dare you to feel uncomfortable and do what you always wanted to do. I dare you to be different, unique and special. I dare you to be the real “YOU.”
What is your dream?