I’d aced the interview, the recruiter told me I was a shoe-in —I’d be headed up a marketing division for a startup near Huntington Beach, California.
My dream of moving out West was coming to life —and I had another conversation with the CEO who told me:
“Tommy, you’re the best candidate for this position. However, I think you’re going to leave us in six months and consider you, well…unemployable.”
My heart sank; there was no backup plan.
And that’s when I realized he was right —I would be leaving him at some point because I have an itch that can’t go unscratched.
In this post, I’ll share how to recognize if you’re unemployable too —in the traditional sense —and how to make this your competitive advantage.
Freedom is your number one value.
You want to be in control of your time, schedule and workflow. You don’t want to be told what to do 24/7 —and you value efficiency over time and effort.
No, this is not about being some bohemian wildflower —you get shit done like the best of them —but do it in your own way.
You want to live an unconventional life.
You know who you are, what you value, and have done some of the inner work to seek answers to life’s bigger questions.
You want to build a business around your life, not the other way around. You seek to integrate every part of your life so as to never create a life you need to escape from.
Security is low on your values for success.
David Kekich once said the lowest form of happiness is chasing security —or the illusion of it. If you’re someone unemployable, you understand there is no such thing as company loyalty.
Oddly enough, the highest form of security is taking command of your own finances and creating your own economy.
Discipline is not external —it’s who you are.
Employees are usually motivated by perks; the free gym membership and the impending promotion after a stellar performance review with a 6% salary bump.
All of this is external motivation —instead of intrinsic —someone who harnesses self-discipline because it’s who they are.
You’re always making progress on your dreams.
The CEO was worried that I had my own projects and ideas and was making real progress on them. I thought this was a benefit as someone who has hired people in the past
I want ambitious, driven people who will move on from me one day and outgrowing my team. You’re unemployable if you’re making your dreams real.
You value a results economy, not time and effort.
The traditional employment model values time and effort —you trade eight hours for a paycheck.
But what if you got the work done in 90 minutes instead of eight hours —could you check out?
Even if you got the result and then some, the answer is no. A time and effort economy always values those two limited inputs.
So, what to do if you’re unemployable?
Find ways to monetize your skills while building your idea, dream or platform along the way.
While you can potentially work full-time somewhere; those who are unemployable tend to be able to create better results faster.
In other words, instead of giving 40 hours of their week to a company, they may freelance for 15 —using the extra time to work on their dreams.
The themes of this post will be written about under the category of entrepreneurship, so stay tuned for more.
(And if you have any specific questions, engage in the comments.)
Do you consider yourself to be unemployable?