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Need a job? Invent it.

By Mona Dirtu

Introduction

I used to be a journalist and loved it. Yet there were too many projects to pursue and too little time/energy left (it sounds familiar, I know). So one day I resigned and started to cook from scratch, trial and error, my own dish. Here's what helped me. This playlist is not a playlist, actually - it's my life, sort of. P.S. The title of the flow is not mine, it's Thomas Friedman's.

Mona Dirtu — storyteller-at-large

1 Need a Job? Invent It.

WHEN Tony Wagner, the Harvard education specialist, describes his job today, he says he's "a translator between two hostile tribes" - the education world and the business world, the people who teach our kids and the people who give them jobs. Wagner's argument in his book "Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World" is that

Added by Mona Dirtu: “Have you thought about making a job for yourself? And I am not talking about flipping burgers. Let’s look at the landscape that is you. A key to inventing a job is to take inventory and look within yourself to your hobbies, interests, passions and skills.

2 How to Invent Your Next Job

As government bickering and inaction continues, job seekers are growing ever restless, frustrated and annoyed because, for many folks, there just are no jobs to be had. You are either too old, too young, suffering the stigma of no job or you have run out of runway in your network.

Added by Mona Dirtu: “Wait, I am not selling a dream. No, I haven’t become a millionaire startup founder. However, my business has a constant stream of cash that allows me to travel the world and to work from wherever there is WiFi. There are, however, five things I wish I had asked myself before starting this painful journey. Five questions I believe every future entrepreneur should ask himself before taking the first step to entrepreneurship:

3 How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up

5 7.1 Steps to Create Multiple Streams of Income

"Don't let the opinions of the average man sway you. Dream, and he thinks you're crazy. Succeed, and he thinks you're lucky. Acquire wealth, and he thinks you're greedy. Pay no attention. He simply doesn't understand." -- Robert G. Allen At age 25, I began planning my exit strategy to leave a lucrative career in sales to become an entrepreneur

Added by Mona Dirtu: “Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

6 The power of time off

Added by Mona Dirtu: “"Just as Uber is doing for taxis, new technologies have the potential to chop up a broad array of traditional jobs into discrete tasks that can be assigned to people just when they’re needed, with wages set by a dynamic measurement of supply and demand, and every worker’s performance constantly tracked, reviewed and subject to the sometimes harsh light of customer satisfaction".

7 Uber's Business Model Could Change Your Work

As Uber has grown to become one of the world's most valuable start-ups, its ambitions often seem limitless. But of all the ways that Uber could change the world, the most far-reaching may be found closest at hand: your office. Uber, and more broadly the app-driven labor market it represents, is at the center of what could be a sea

Added by Mona Dirtu: “Create your own dream job. Don’t wait for someone to hand it to you. Don’t hope that you’ll win the lottery. Don’t give up and consign yourself to a fate of misery and (worse) dullness.

8 Don't wait, don't hope, don't give up

I was once unemployed, and I know the debilitating depression and the feelings of frustration and helplessness that can come with that. I've been stuck in a job I hate, and I felt imprisoned, trapped doing work that bored me while following orders of others and helping them achieve their goals. Those times were ... less than ideal. In fact,

Added by Mona Dirtu: “Being self-employed requires taking action. Nobody will do it for you. So, go for it, man.

9 Screw Employment, Invent Your Own Job!

Today I'm going to answer a question that was sent to me by a good friend of mine. I like this letter because it touches on one of my core beliefs: that there exists a self-employment alternative to almost any traditional job. Or that at the very least, there's a self-employment alternative that allows you to utilize the same skills

Added by Mona Dirtu: “How do you invent a job? Most people would say follow your passion. Others would advise one to meet an unfilled need. Still others would recommend that you disrupt an industry, the way Google disrupted the Yellow Pages. It may seem like a daunting challenge, however, everywhere you look you can see entrepreneurial ideas taking hold.

10 It's Better to Invent a Job than Find a Job

Not too long ago, I watched "The Social Network," on one of the cable stations. That's the movie about the founding of Facebook. In one scene, the character said that Harvard teaches... It is better to invent a job than to find a job. No kidding. I had to stop and think about that for a moment. Harvard, as you

Added by Mona Dirtu: “Have you heard about an occupation named Social Media Manager? Of course you have. Well, ten years ago that occupation didn't exist.

11 10 Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago

Sustainability consultants have an average annual salary of $83,000 (indeed.com)Employment trend watchers have been pinpointing the sectors where jobs are anticipated to increase forever-every five years the BLS projects its own outlook and sites like our list what's become old news: that careers in a handful of sectors (most linked to technology, a growing concern about the environment and an

Added by Mona Dirtu: “It’s time to consider an alternative. Create your own job.

12 Invent Your Next Job

You've had years of experience in your field, yet you find yourself looking for work because of the bad economy. You know what companies you'd like to work for, but after constantly checking their Web sites for new job postings, you begin to realize there just aren't many opportunities for someone with your skills and experience. You've considered a career

13 Apps Are Creating New Jobs

A year ago, Ashley Diedrich worked 12-hour shifts at a psychiatric hospital near her home in Hot Springs, Ark., making $1,700 to $2,000 a month. Today she makes as much as $3,000 a month peddling women's clothing and accessories from home. The career change was spurred by an iPhone app called Poshmark. Developed by a Silicon Valley company with the

14 7 new types of jobs created by Big Data

Summary:Organizations are being deluged by data -- here is the new breed of professionals helping make sense of it all. In today's unforgiving global economy, those organizations that compete on analytics stand the best chance of outsmarting the competition. The only catch is, they need skilled professionals who know how to manage, mine and draw actionable insights from all the

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