Today, my country celebrates its 243rd birthday. Many observe the day with family and friends and enjoy fireworks. Consumption of hamburgers and hot dogs will most likely be huge.
No one in the United States is still alive from the time when the colonists rowdily left Great Britain. Moreover, the United Kingdom is one of this country’s staunchest allies and has been for decades. For many, the day is a time for reflection and joy. For some it is largely symbolic.
However, there are many lessons from history and as the saying goes, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So what can today’s population learn from those that took the ultimate risk in that day; “We pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
Despite some of the well discussed faults of this country, not many of us today are asked to pledge it all. However, increasingly, we are being asked to take charge of our careers.
Certainly, our lives and fortunes depend on how we manage our profession. The 9 to 5 days of ole are long gone, if they truly existed.
Many pundits, including this author have addressed the changing job market and the new role of digitalization. In fact, we recently addressed this issue in depth; Job Disruption Due To Digitalization: Myths And Legends. Interested readers are invited to read that piece.
Much like colonialists of almost 300 years ago, we can no longer depend on the mother company to take care of our career needs. Proactive men and women at all stages of their professional life can be more successful than with the old career model. Passive individuals will reap what they sow as well.
Enjoy you holiday weekend and get back to work next week actively managing your own career. Happy Birthday, America!
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