I was chatting with Randy Gage (Author of the New York Times Bestselling Risky Is The New Safe) in Palm Beach last week at Alan Weiss’s Premier Thought Leadership Event, and we both agreed that too many of us are still willing to believe it’s “business as usual” out there.
I talk to people day in and day out looking for “security” and “safety” in their careers. We believe in the security of things like retirement pensions, when all they truly offer is a false sense of hope and security. We’re living smack-dab in the middle of the greatest worldwide disruption in history, and yet far too many of us believe things will be “the way they’ve always been.” Business as usual is long gone and things haven’t been the way they’ve always been for a long time.
Coincidentally, when I returned home I had the chance to talk to my Uncle who was just terminated from his job after thirty years with same company. His termination, with a new CEO who had been there less than a month, lasted thirty seconds. No “thanks for your service and your help growing this company.” Thirty Seconds. He believed he was safe, and would finish his career with this company, and sail into retirement.
Thirty years of your life is a long time to give up for thirty seconds to be sent back to where you started. Don’t for a minute think it’s not happening, because it’s happening all around us.
There’s no such thing as safe anymore, so you better get comfortable with risky.
Randy’s book is a fascinating read and I highly recommend you rush out and buy it right now, or you can take your chances. But that’s up to you. You can buy it HERE on Amazon.