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The Future of Work & Minimalism

Michael K. Spencer
Jun 22 · 4 min read

Each year more of us work remotely at least one day a work week. Each year, more of us choose to be self-employed freelancers as the economy is altered by digital transformation and the internet a bit more.

We are Becoming a Workforce of Freelancers, Remote Workers, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Global Citizens

One of my favorite minimalist personalities who got her feet wet on Medium is Jennifer Chan.

With technological automation the future of work will be radically different and millions of Millennials, among others, are attracted to simplifying our lives. The future of work is also a hybrid existence of building multiple recurring streams of revenue (MRSRs) instead of the regular 9 to 5 job as we once knew it.

The Future of Work and Being Creative

The future of work is a time when AI-human hybrid systems mean higher global GDP and productivity and basic income (freedom dividend and basic free services) will also support us in being more human: focusing on creativity and relationships more — and work and repetitive tasks less!

The future of work won’t be about college degrees, it will be about job skills. It won’t even be about the hyper specialized skills you get in a Master’s Degree, but in how you pivot and adapt to technological acceleration. This means our education must prepare us with the soft skills of the future economy. Many people rate aspects of emotional intelligence and innovative thinking as being important components of that real-world skill set.

A World of Constant Adaptation

  • Creative thinking
  • Persuasion, sales, networking and leadership (PSNL traits)
  • Entrepreneurial motivation and digital innovation
  • The BUIDLers will be in style for years to come!

The Future of Work is Hyper Individualistic Yet Also Will Manifest Distributed Intelligence

The future of work will also afford us more life-work balance, more freedom and more time for loved ones even if in certain ways our material quality of life may be reduced. Skyrocketing wealth inequality will also lead the middle class to compromise more with their new reality. That’s exactly what we have seen with Millennials and why they are more attracted to minimalism and living more in harmony with their surrounds and the times.

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The Appeal of Minimalism

Not everyone is comfortable living in debt, living a cluttered and workaholic life. Not everyone is happy living in economic uncertainty and competing in the same way as our parents or grandparents did when the world was more like a meritocracy. Those days are long gone.

As Jennifer points out, minimalism also helps us deal with complexity and entanglement in an era of information overload, sleep deprivation, pressure and general insanity. Minimalism reduces friction by purifying our lives into more desirable relationships — our relationship with work, partnership, family, autonomy and not just with money or our material conditions.

Being Fluid, Pivoting and Learning to Thrive in Uncertainty

The future of work will be like living in a hybrid economy, where people, projects, gigs and skills must be constantly reshuffled to suit our needs, preferences and opportunities. While I earn a content basic income on Medium, I’m already experiencing that first hand with a legacy skill set, marketing and writing.

I’m more attracted than ever to the seduction of “creating my own job” and forging new professional relationships in a more collaborative and win-win setting that cuts out the middleman and centralized processes. I don’t need a job to live, never mind a boss, a company that exploits me for my labor and office politics that may be detrimental to my mental health.

The intersection of career development and minimalism consists of taking things into your own hands and, like living alone, comes with pros and cons that reduce (in my case) anxiety and stress while maximizing whatever freedom and creativity I possess in between my attempts at living a full and rich human existence.

Jennifer Chan’s Deliberate Discourse (Google it) has a mind for sustainable prosperity practices and minimalistic musings that is perhaps what I’d recommend if you were only going to read a few words on this topic each week.

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Michael K. Spencer

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Blockchain Mark Consultant, tech Futurist, prolific writer. LinkedIn: michaelkspencer


Discovering the optimal lifestyle of the future.