If you look back at yourself even only three years ago, you might realize how all that happened in politics and economics has completely changed the way you perceive yourself and your value as a professional in the business.
You might see how you had spent time focusing on aspects that today have become not more than just details.
You’d probably have streched yourself on becoming a great engineer, or a great designer, architect etc…without worrying about the simple fact that the your world might have changed so that all this effort seemed useless.
When the descent to hell commenced, we fouled ourselves thinking that it could have just been a matter of location; no jobs in eastern Italy? Let’s move to Milan, no issues. No jobs in Italy at all? Let’s move to the UK. Not even there? Well Emirates or some other part may welcome us. What counted was getting the right skill.
When the master degree was in everyone’s pocket, we enrolled in several classes refining project management, team leading and some other “go figure” skills.
Some of us invested in a MBA that still has to be paid.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that improving was wrong or a bad decision.
I am just saying that most people focused only on raising the skills bar (which is different from the knowledge bar), forgetting about the rest.
Somehow, we all thought how to play best, we refined dribbling and trained to kick fast. None of us ever thought that one day the ball would have been taken away and the football ground closed. We missed that basic thing: no ball, no game, Mr. Champion!
Why did we fail to see that? And was it intentional?
There’s a question we forgot to keep in mind: what we are doing today is really all we should worry about? When Professors at University were explaining us tricky formulas and calculations, did we ever wonder about when exactely that would have made the difference, or we simply blindly thought to just “pass the exam”?
Even more guilty was pleasing your manager just to move on, become workaholic because “it’s what I am expected to be”, or simply being the perfect yes man because “this is what you have to do to avoid problems and being considered for a promotion”. Was it right? Now that you fit this profile but there are no jobs requiring it, are you able to generate it or your sheepwalking had totally erased your creativity?
I can understand this: very few people really have what it takes to deserve a promotion, a leading role or the ability to take over from their managers.
So people mixed in mediocrity and narrowed their vision to a bubble target.
Well, hey everyone, I am sorry to say the game is over.
My parents generation focused mostly or entirely on challenging the world ideas, on politics, on principles.
They broke the wall as in the Pink Floyd school, the same that we, their sons and daughters, volountarely accepted to be imprisoned in.
The world for us was already good enough, free enough, nice and funny enough, then we simply had to find a way to enjoy it. That was the message, this is how we grew up.We had to learn how to enjoy the world, but we only learned the theory.
We only learned that we “had to enjoy the world”. Nobody worried about the fact that there must be a world nice enough to enjoy. What did you do to prepare it?
We forgot that any system must be challenged, at least with questions. You must find answers before accepting the status quo or taking any decisions, otherwise other will take them for you and will tell you what to do.
Just to use a word that bounces around in everyones mouth or blog in this period, nobody is able to “disrupt” anymore. You know that you should do it, and you are able to make a fantastic slide with “disrupt” on it, but then you have difficulties in thinking how to do that.
You studied the book, but you did not verified what was in it, and if it was worth it.
Time to wake up now, dear honorable multy-honors-Doctor.
Now you know that living requires much much more effort: you will not find on Internet how to shape the world the way you like.
You have to TALK to people, you have to go deep into people souls and feelings, you have to talk to others hearts, and listen to your heart. You must wonder if what you are doing is bringing you to something you really wish to happen.
Now you know that the very first thing to disupt is, precisely, yourself.