My grandfather worked until he couldn’t any more.
He’d work full shifts as a tailor three days a week until after he turned 80. They eventually had to ask him to retire.
I get it.
But I also understand wandering. Dabbling.
The future of work
I believe that the way we work is regressing to how work used to be among “intellectuals”. Work is going to be project based with people building portfolios around the experience they want to be known for. They’ll explore new areas of interest, figure out how to turn them into projects, and grow their careers non-linearly (as opposed to “climbing a career ladder”.
I read an interesting book, Descent, that informed how I understand the future of work. In the book, Otis Barton invented the diving bell during one of his “adventures”. Otis was an heir to a considerable fortune, and the way he “worked” is worth noting.
When technology took 20 years to diffuse itself into our lives, one could have a lifetime career doing something. Think TV, or automobiles, or construction technology. Now, things are moving at a much faster pace. If you worked at Nokia a decade ago, your experience is outdated.
Change is only going to accelerate. Millennials are expected to have 14 jobs over their career. They’re going to have to learn how to adapt.
We’re all going to learn how to adapt.
Part of that adaptation is the “side hustle”, either to gain experience or (as in my case) as a creative outlet.
Hustlers look at life through different activity (or revenue) streams.
That’s where the Elephant’s Paycheck comes in; as a way to have my portfolio align to my side-hustle attitude by focusing on the income it generates and how that income will grow over time.
I may work long into retirement, but it’ll be my choice as it was my Grandfather’s.
To get there, I save. I invest. I stay so focused on building wealth that I’ve actually written a book. That’s focus!