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How to Future Proof Your Career: Jacob Morgan at TEDxAcademy (Transcript)

Jacob Morgan

Following is the full transcript of best-selling author and futurist Jacob Morgan’s TEDx Talk: How to Future Proof Your Career at TEDxAcademy conference. This event occurred on September 30, 2017.

Jacob Morgan – Futurist

I was cheated, lied to, betrayed. All of this happened within just 6 months of being in a relationship. Naturally, I did what any rational person would do. And I decided it was time to end the relationship. So I waited until the right moment. I planned, and finally I handed in my resignation letter.

Now I’m not special. There are millions of people around the world every single day, who feel this way, about the managers and the organizations that they work for. In fact, right now if you were to look up the word employee in the dictionary, you’d find that synonyms for “employee” include: cog, servant and slave. If you look up the word “manager” in the dictionary, you find that synonyms include: slave driver, boss, and my favorite one, the zookeeper. But it gets better if you look up the word “work” in the dictionary. Synonyms include: daily grind, drudgery and struggle.

So if you put these three things together, we are all cogs working for a zookeeper as we go about our daily drudgery. Wow? Work sucks! And this is literally how we have built our organizations over the last 50, 100 and 150 years, on top of these outdated ways of thinking about work. And it’s no wonder that so many people around the world don’t like their jobs or their careers. It’s literally ingrained in all our cultures. It’s in our society. It’s how we even talk about work.

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