All people are entrepreneurs

“All human beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed … finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s where human history began. As civilization came, we suppressed it. We became “labor” because they stamped us, “You are labor.” We forgot that we are entrepreneurs.”          – Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and micro finance pioneer

I saw this quote in the beginning of the book “The Start-Up of YOU” by Reid Hoffman.

Work and careers are not what they used to be. Gone are the days of working for one place for 30 years and retiring. We must constantly be flexible and able to adapt. We must be entrepreneurs not necessarily in the sense of starting businesses, but constantly starting up yourself and adapting to a changing world. No longer are we looking for a job just when we’re unemployed. People are making job changes much more frequently now, and this is getting to be the norm. There was a time when many job changes was a red flag. Now it can be a knock out factor for someone if they have been somewhere TOO long!  Take an annual inventory of your skills, keep that resume updated, and be open to hearing about your options, even if you are happy in your current position.


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