Making a living and a difference, simultaneously.

November 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm 5 comments

In 2008, Dev Aujla started research on a free e-book based on the following fantastic and critical questions: “How can people my age, in their twenties and thirties, find a balance between the lifestyle they desire, the career they want and the change they want to invoke in this world? And why hasn’t anyone figured this out?” The resulting e-book (“Occupation: Change the World“) has been so popular that the project is being expanded to include a full-length book with even more stories, strategies, and trends.

In the e-book, one of my favorite trends is the non-linear career path: “No one currently making money and changing the world has a linear career path,” writes Aujla. “Understanding what a non-linear career path looks like and how to embrace the non-linearity leads to the understanding that you can gain both stability and earn a good living without following a traditional path.” Want more proof? Check out the entrepreneurial stunners in GOOD’s “Eight Successful People Doing Exactly What They Want” article.

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A related trend, highlighted by TrendWatching, identifies the demographic seeking out these career paths and living these non-linear lives: Generation G. As consumers, Generation G “captures the growing importance of ‘generosity’ as a leading societal and business mindset… the need for more generosity beautifully coincides with the ongoing (and pre-recession) emergence of an online-fueled culture of individuals who share, give, engage, create and collaborate in large numbers.” It’s no shocker, then, that “Occupation: Change the World” is available for download for free with a Creative Commons License.

November 5’s daily design idea is let’s make a living and change the world for the better, and let’s do it at all the same time.

non-linearity graphic via GOOD


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Agi  |  November 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

    It’s an old wisdom, if you work you cannot make money. The linear path is totally bogus for most of the people. You have to be lucky to find the balance between work, career, moeny, and happiness.
    Thumbs up for the daily mantra.

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