Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Intellectual employment 0:13

If you had to choose between being employed vs being unemployed, I'm sure you would choose the former. This is because having a job will give you money.

However, the challenge of most Linkedin users is not finding a job; most already have a job.

But not all jobs are equal. For the sake of this discussion, I will distinguish between two types of jobs:

1. A job where you use your brain creatively
2. A job where you do not use your brain creatively

Jobs in category 1 include: graphic designers, architects, engineers (especially those who designs stuff), writers, consultants, high-level and creative sales positions, etc.

Jobs in category 2 include: operational managers, accountants (a "creative" accountant is one that probably will land in jail!), customer service, low-level ("order-taking") sales positions, etc.

Why is it important to distinguish between these two types of jobs? Because one leads to wealth while the other perpetuates economic enslavement.

In other words, people in #1 jobs are able -- if they wish to -- become independent professionals or free agents. They can also launch their own professional practice or business ventures. There are in the U.S. about 21 million such businesses run by a solo owner / operator.

#1 jobs lead to wealth because not only do you make money from doing your job, you also create "intellectual capital" which you normally own if you run your own business, or whose ownership you explicitly transfer to the employer if you're an employee. This transfer of intellectual property rights is not necessarily bad since that's the fair price to pay for having an employer organization that provides you with the tools, resources, working environment and clients so you can practice the art of intellectual capital creation.

Linkedin can be quite useful for a person who currently has a #2 job and wants to find a #1 job, that is, one where he can develop his creative abilities and generate new solutions.

#1 jobs are more secure in the new global economy because most uncreative jobs will be outsourced, automated or handled by expert systems and artificial intelligence.