Prologue

Hi, I’m Clark. I’m from the future, and it’s amazing.

We live in a post Great Recession world where there’s no such thing as a secure job anymore. Don’t complain. Just adapt.

For a long time our society has been set-up for a certain way of living. That’s why there are so many W-2 employees in the United States. Our culture has needed people to go to work, go into debt and send their kids to school.

That’s not the future.

The future is one of flexibility and customization. Freelance is a word we’ll hear more and more. My wife Monica and I are early adapters of the emerging world; we are ahead of the curve. Life will get easier for us not just because we’ll get better at this life, but because the emerging world will accommodate our lifestyle. We’re weird now, but we’re the future normal.

unWorking is a guidebook for anyone who’s taken a few hard knocks in life. Perhaps you sense the rules have changed, but you can’t really make sense of it all. You’ve been looking for someone who can explain what’s happened and this book does that.

This book also deals with the nitty-gritty details of life, like how to make money in the emerging world through patchwork income, questions about school for your kids and the future of education, marriage, gender roles and balancing work and family. I also sort through the hurt and loneliness I experienced, and maybe you have as well, if you also have found yourself unemployed or under-employed.

This book is must-reading for anyone who’s ever wanted to quit their job but keeps letting the years pass by due to fear. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 an average of 53,436 people were laid off every single day. That’s a lot of people being laid off every day, but it was actually fewer than any year since 2001. When someone has just lost their job, they are forced to do something they wouldn’t have otherwise done: evaluate their life. They can either do a cursory evaluation or they can dig deep. unWorking is for the people who want to dig deep.

For those within the workforce the situation is even more online casino tipps depressing. In a massive report released by Gallup in 2013, it was stated that only 13 percent of workers feel engaged with their jobs, meaning they feel a sense of passion for their work, a deep connection to their employer and spend their days driving innovation and moving their company forward. The vast majority however, some 63 percent, are “not engaged,” meaning they are unhappy but not drastically so. In short, they have checked out. They sleepwalk through their days putting little energy into their work. A full 24 percent are what Gallup calls “actively disengaged,” meaning they pretty much hate their jobs. They act out and undermine what their coworkers accomplish.

Add the last two categories and you get 87 percent of workers worldwide who, as Gallup puts it, “are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” In other words, work is more often a source of frustration than one of fulfillment for nearly 9 out of 10 of the world’s workers.
Life was meant to be more than listening to eight different bosses drone on about mission statements. That’s why the future is about unWorking.
You were made for so much more.
Achieving the sort of lifestyle design that my wife and I have achieved for our family has not been easy. If I wanted easy, I’d go get a job. I may be like 87 percent of the world’s workforce and be mentally checked out, but it’d be easy.
This book isn’t about easy. Few things worth achieving are easy.Popup
I want to help you live epicly.
Let’s go on a journey together.

Clark Vandeventer
Lake Tahoe, March 21, 2015

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