School raised us to know an employee mindset, to just be one of the many contributing to the greater good of a company or organization―a somewhat dead-end road. Follow your orders, complete your tasks, and put in the same set amount of hours each week of each year until you can uncomfortably retire. A tired system that does not make sense to many people―me being one of them. A revolution is underway as droves of individuals are venturing off into the unknown, working for themselves and breaking free from the monotony. They are creating what Daniel H. Pink has dubbed the Free Agent Nation.
In his book titled Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working For Yourself, Daniel sets the tone immediately opening with, “I suppose I realized that I ought to consider another line of work when I nearly puked on the Vice President of the United States.” He follows up by eloquently painting a vivid depiction through his point-of-view of the stress endured in his second year as Vice President Al Gore’s chief speechwriter. Completely setting not only the tone for the book, but, the urgency to react.
Daniel defines a free agent with this quote: This book is about the free agent. If the term is vague, it is because I can think of no other way to describe the people I am talking about. They are free from the bonds of a large institution, and agents of their own futures, they are the new archetypes of work in America.
Free agency is the real new economy.
The free agent lifestyle is unique and with that introduces many obstacles. An exterior point-of-view presents the illusion of a free agent basking within ultimate freedom, sleeping in when you want, balancing the work/beach daily routine, completely living a style of life you’ve always dreamed of. Free agents takes on a different mindset of the employee. As a free agent, one cannot just do enough to get by and for that receive a guaranteed paycheck. With free agency, your future is determined by you and the amount of work you’re willing to put in for it.
If the free agent lifestyle sounds like something for you, you may want to look into The Opportunity. To be wise is to be intrigued by the content lying within that link.
My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn’t believe that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old, he was let go from that safe job and our family had to do whatever we could to survive.
I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love. – Jim Carrey Commencement Speech