Lessons Learned

I realize it’s not easy to discover a job that you’re passionate about while making enough to survive. It takes a lot of time and planning to get to a point where you build a good foundation to live off of while trying to find meaning and build skills to transition to a job that you enjoy. I have spent the past many years planning and the journey seems endless but I feel encouraged everyday waking up and not having to go a job that I hate.

About 2 years ago, I joined a community of like-minded people in Silicon Valley. We met regularly to share ideas in a small living room of about 8-10 people. Over the years of collective intelligence and having access to the Internet, I discovered a calling. During this time, I was working a full time job as an IT Consultant and traveling to many different companies to help with their financial systems. The job was good but not quite enough because I felt there was something I needed to do but just making money to save for a house for my family in the future.

Eventually, I was able to get some government help during this job transition. I moved to a place where I only pay one-third of the price I paid for rent in San Francisco into a secluded area in San Jose while running an Airbnb business. If I didn’t know the right people to provide me with the opportunity to work in a 6,000 square feet mansion for cheaper rent, I think this transition wouldn’t have worked this smoothly. I continue to work endlessly without pay to find the meaning of work and to find a solution to our unemployment issue. I saw the problem of unemployment arising and realized my best option is to be the experiment and a leader to this transition for many struggling individuals who would lose their jobs.

At the Singularity University Graduate Studies Program 2014 Opening Ceremony, Steve enlightened us with the coming technologies that are coming and exponential growth from the Moore’s law in computing technology and how that spans to the different industries.

Steve Jurvetson, VC/Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson 

During my attendance of events in Silicon Valley, I learned that technology is inevitable. There’s no denying that many of us will eventually lose our jobs and I see more of these startups to destroy our jobs coming. I’m surrounded by startups whose goal is to create robots and eliminate the middle man within existing business operations to save cost. Let’s prepare for this transition and a few things I learned ways to build resilience.

  1. Having enough savings in the bank account.
  2. Build communities and support networks with like-minded individuals who are good.
  3. Sharing resources within the community.
  4. Take advantage of the resources online to find job opportunities and to build new skills.
  5. Building skills by learning through the Internet when you have the time instead of playing video games and watching TV.
  6. Continue to build good relationships with people, give when you can and don’t expect anything in return.
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Creating Mock Ups for Websites

Creating something from scratch requires a lot of learning and discomfort. It will probably take me hours to learn the new tools to design something on the web but luckily there are many tools out there that can make the learning process easier.

GoDaddy is currently offering their Website Builder for only $1.00/month with pre-made templates. Even though the websites will only contain basic functionalities, they offer hundreds of templates. The built-in website builder allows users to drag and down boxes, change colors and fonts, and add pages to navigate to.  I thought this would be a good start in getting my ideas drawn out before turning this in to a real developer.

 

Although Wix offers a similar service, it is still not as cheap as GoDaddy.

Number of Job Openings versus Number of Unemployed Workers

Report released on May 9, 2014 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that only 4.0 million job openings are available to fill in the US. However, there are currently 9.8 million who are unemployed and another 6.1 million who are no longer in the labor force but wants work. If you add the total about of unemployed (9.8 million) and those who are not in the labor force (6.1 million), the real number for people without jobs are actually 15.9 million. How are we planning to fill the other 11.9 million jobs if there’s only 4.0 million job openings?

Is there a way for the unemployed workers to create their own jobs through other methods besides depending on companies to hire them?

Categories of Employment in US

 

Quest to find meaningful work!