The way out

Our world is changing. I have no doubt about it. More and more people quit their jobs, take a sabatical or start a business. Even those who are not saying it out loud are thinking it. They want out.

There’s a TED talk by Dan Pink that I watched recently (you can find the link HERE). The author identifies 3 main sources of motivation. When these 3 elements are not present in our everyday professional live we start to suck at our job. We lose our motivation. These elements are:

  • Autonomy: the urge to direct our own lives.
  • Mastery: the desire to get better and better at something that matters.
  • Purpose: the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves

Some of you might think that entrpreneurship is the way out. You are right. Partially. We want freedom. We always wanted it. Freedom of choice. Freedom of movement. Freedom to do and say what we want. Freedom. Being an entrepreneur can give you that freedom. But there’s a catch. When you start looking for investors, find them, accept their money you’re no longer free. You become once again an employee. You lose your autonomy and your purpose becomes money. You start losing your motivation.

I said in the beginning that our world was changing. I think everyone can feel it in a way or another. We are sharing more, we are collaborating more. We share our knowledge, our rides to work and our apartments. I think that sharing points to the way out. It might be the magical sollution we were searching for.

Gustavo Tanaka explored the changes the World is going through in his great article here on Medium. Read is HERE.

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