Sunday, June 24, 2012

Job security is insecure

In a previous post, I talked about the difference between freedom and dependency.

Internet works because it depends on lots of dispensable nodes.
While you are tempted to think that being dependant limit your freedom, it is the other way around.
You are free when you depend on lots of dispensable nodes.

Given this framework, job security is insecure.
Why ?
Because a secure job is not a dispensable node, it is a dependable node.
By seeking a secure job, you will find what IT guys call "a single point of failure".

What is the problem ?
The problem is that what control the node controls you.

"My boss would not do that", you can think...
You are wrong... he already does... controlling someone else time and space is a social norm and you are not aware of it, not even your boss.

If he wants you to work when you want to go on holiday with your friends, you will accept that.
If you want to work from starbucks and he wants you to be at the office, you will accept that.

You will accept because it is a social norm.
You will accept because your job is your single point of failure.

The safest thing to do is to consider every job as insecure, and having lots of them.
The best people you need to meet are the ones that will be thankful for not having your life in their hand.

All my customers and partners are insecure, and they are thankful for the freedom I give to them.
I don't want to hold someone life in my hand too, so, I am also the first to make myself dispensable...


That is why I like to introduce to my customers people with the same skills as me. 


That is my definition of social networking : building a network of dispensable nodes, and make sure you are also dispensable : the well being of your network depends on it.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The glass of opportunity

You know that "Is your glass half full or half empty ?" shows you positive people.
Yet, you never ask  "Is this person's glass half full or half empty ?" ... it shows you entrepreneurs.

Finding a person's glass half empty is an opportunity to fill it and win a friend.
Entrepreneurship is the ability to find and fill glasses.

You don't have to be self-employed to be an entrepreneur, you are one when you spot empty glasses and do whatever it takes to fill it... And it can be during your own paycheck full time job.

You are not entrepreneur if you are waiting someone else to see and fill it for you.

The glass of opportunity

You know that "Is your glass half full or half empty ?" shows you positive people.
Yet, you never ask  "Is this person's glass half full or half empty ?" ... it shows you entrepreneurs.

Finding a person's glass half empty is an opportunity to fill it and win a friend.
Entrepreneurship is the ability to find and fill glasses.

You don't have to be self-employed to be an entrepreneur, you are one when you spot empty glasses and do whatever it takes to fill it... And it can be during your own paycheck full time job.

You are not entrepreneur if you are waiting someone else to see and fill the glass for you.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Buy a car or house and get free they say

Don't confuse freedom with dependency.

Freedom is the ability to pivot at any time, in any way.
Dependency is working with other people for your goal.

You can be highly dependant but free.
You can be independant and prisoner.

When people talk about buying a house or buying a car, they are talking about decreasing dependency, not increasing freedom.

If you buy a house, and have a mortgage to pay, you are prisoner from your job.
Loosing your job become highly risky.
You are prisoner of the time you need to dedicate to maintain it.
You are prisoner of the place you need to live, you'll be reluctant to move somewhere else once you buy.

Same thing for a car, buy a car and you need to work more hours in order to get the same thing in your bank account because of the recurring fees.

Every $ you give, is time your need to give to someone else at some specific place. You loose freedom of action and the freedom of moving.

The bigger your network, the safer dependencies are.

Internet works not because every node in the network is dependable but because every node in the network is dispensable.

Dispensable means that putting down the node you depend on does not impact your freedom.
It does not means that your friends and partners are not important...
Dispensable only means that they can't take away freedom even when you are dependant on them.

Do not confuse freedom with dependency, it's two highly different concepts.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cutting the bridge

"Alice: Cheshire Cat, would you please tell me which way I ought to go from here? Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to. Alice: But I don't know where I am going. Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't matter which way you go. (Alice in Wonderland)

I'm lucky, I work for myself, get paid well, live well, self-employed approximately 8 hours a week.

People work hard and then planify holidays here and there.
I rest, enjoy my day and planify workdays here and there.

New customers come to me without I search for them, and always give me interesting work.
And my trainee are happy of my course.
It is the life I dreamed for, I don't know why I am in such a good place.

And yet, as Alice when the roads are crossing, I don't know which way to take because I don't know where I want go. So, the urgent question is not what road to take. But where do I want to go.

I want to learn, to sell, to ship. I don't want to work for money. I want to work for something that make money.
I want to kick ass to schools telling to kids that the goal is to find a job.
The goal is to sow a seeds of passion and curiosity in their brain.
Passion, curiosity coupled with internet is what will move innovation forward and make the world a better place.

Finding a job and getting the paycheck should not be the goal.
Finding a job is a side effect caused by the curious mind.

For these goals, I decided that my time is not to buy anymore.

Monday, June 4, 2012

School's goal is to become useless

School is the beginning of education, and people think that its goal is only to give you knowledge.

But the goal of the school should be to become useless.
School meets its goal when you have a burning desire to educate yourself, and when you try to hack things you just learnt.

Once it happens, you don't need a school anymore, you need a community to learn from other and share for other.

The best sign of success for a school is when you finally drop out because you learn faster than they can teach. The next step is finding your community.