A totally new way to see, live and work in an ever changing world.

September 24, 2016

Not very long ago a man in his early forties shared with me he had been retrenched. According to this man this is the only firm he has known since starting work. He seemed very bitter as he began to recount how he had at first been passed over for promotion for a younger worker and shortly thereafter the HR told him off the record – he was simply too expensive to keep.

This man asked of me….what shall I do. I told this man in a calm and brotherly tone, I hope you can learn to see this world for what it is and not what you would like it to be.

He asked as if disappointed…is that all. I replied, yes, that is all it is….as to see the world for what it is and not what you think or would like it to be is something that is very difficult and only a few can manage to do successfully.

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‘If you tell me the world is changing so fast that it’s hard if not impossible to get a handle on what’s really going on let alone stay on top. Then I will say to you, you’re maybe twenty or perhaps thirty years late in giving me this advise. Since I was born autistic. I knew very early on that the world is not a place that I can ever change. To most people, they would probably reach this realization quite easily without the need for too much prompting. As for me it took me an awfully long time and much heart break to myself and others to just arrive at this simple truism.

But once I came to terms with the idea that people will always see me as a strange sort of person and they might even feel it’s perfectly acceptable to disrespect or marginalize me – then I set about sketching out an escape plan in my head to break out from the clutches of the world.

It has been many years since I have broken away from the world. Today I run my own enterprise and for most of the time I am able to work under my own terms without having to conform to the expectations of others. When I sense trouble. I will just avoid it. By and large most people if they are smart never ever tangle with me….should they be stupid enough to go down that road. These days I can hit their wallets so hard, that usually the pain is enough to force them to reevaluate their options.

But my point is not to boast about how I’ve managed to successfully create a world within a world that allows me to live with as much self respect and dignity as a ‘normal’ person can possibly live and die.

Rather it is to share with you the snippet that if you find the world changing faster than you can handle the change – then maybe it’s time for you to develop a totally new kind of insight into how you have always seen and regarded the world.

The world is not what it used to be. Firms are not what they used to be – job security is not a cradle to grave proposition, not even if you’re hardworking, diligent and loyal – today the mantra is hire and fire or maybe closer to Everyman for himself!

I know the reality is very stark and shocking to many people who may not quite realize this reality – but it is, what it is – and the sooner one can buy into this idea and simply come to terms with it. The better it will be for them.

To live well in this topsy turvy world, one must first be able to see the world as it is and not how one wishes it to be. The latter is both childish and immature. The former is simply to come to terms with the way of the world.’

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