Friday, June 24, 2016

Wealth: The Future of Your Job

Here's another reason why JOB is an abbreviation for Just Over Broke. Amazing that any job (your job?) that involves repetition—from bookkeeping to data analysis to cooking to truck driving—can now be done by robotics with Artificial Intelligence.

If you search the web for job loss due to automation, and read up on AI, you’ll see that people at the top who own and program the robotics, and those who own and/or lead their successful businesses will probably be ok for now, but what about the rest of us?

What will happen when up to 60% of jobs are lost to robotics, and what of certain industries like automotive manufacturing where job loss to robotics is predicted to be up to 90% within the next 20 years or so?

Did you know that Artificial Intelligence can analyze data better than a human? In the medical field, the computer is 95% accurate in diagnosing cancer, the doctors are only 75% accurate. The computer can also analyze numbers and look for trends and ferret out knowledge that humans would not—think—to look for.

What does this mean to you? It means that you better be looking for some kind of career that Artificial Intelligence cannot completely replace. It also means that we could be set for an awful paradox: robotics can displace so many people’s jobs that the people cannot afford to buy what the robotics produce.

Try this. Go to and near the right side of the page, find the total US population at around 323 million people. Just to the right of the population number what do we see? The US work force now is about 151.2 million  full-time and part-time workers. This means only 47% of our population has a job to support the rest of the country.

Hmmm. In today’s numbers, if robotics replaced 50% of our jobs, then about 76 million people would have jobs to support the rest of our country. This would be 24% of our population supporting the other 76%, and some of these would be part-timers.

With the level of unemployment, the overburden on helping those out of work and the expansion of poverty, I’d say the conditions would look similar to what Benjamin Franklin saw in 1729 when he wrote A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency. Ben Franklin, and others, pointed out that the lack of money for commerce and trade led to the Revolutionary War. This is why providing jobs, and keeping you and your fellow citizens (including your coach) employed is so important.

So here’s your challenge. Participate with the DICE process: Design, Identify, Connect and Emerge with the next steps towards a solution, check out 

The W H O You Are Determines Everything in Your Life.

The W H O You Are Determines Everything in Your Life.
The true definition of failure is your inability to reach your goals in life, whatever they may be.

Who you are determines what you do and how you get to do it.
Who you are opens up the options and opportunities you will attract into your life.
Who you are evolves as you clarify and pursue your purpose and possibilities in life.
Therefore: know Who you are.

Your personal limitations and challenges become your business limitations and challenges for
Who you are.
How you set and maintain your standards and boundaries communicates the character of
Who you are.
The alignment of your values with the actions that you engage tell the world of your integrity.
Therefore: develop Who you are.

Who you are has choices to make.
Who you are can choose to default into whoever you happen to be.
Who you are can choose to design the person and life you want.
Who you are is the starting point for Who you want to be- come.
Therefore: lead yourself to become Who you are.

How are you leading yourself to develop Who you are—and Who you are becoming?

Give me a call, let's talk about it.
Mack Arrington, PCC Executive and Life Coach
Telephone: 336.856.1600

Monday, June 6, 2016

I came across this "life coaching message" in an article about tiny houses.
Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

But making a living is necessary, and I'd like to live well. Wouldn't you?

How well is too well? Again, the things we own also own us. How much quality time do you spend cleaning your house, making repairs, yard work, caring for your vehicle(s), and all the many other things we tend to do—alone?

One of the best things I did when we moved into our current house was when I invited a few of the guys from church to come over and help me with building my garden space. One of them brought his teenage son, and don't you know that his son saw Dad in a different light in the company of other men working together. It made the work more fun as well as sharing the brain-trust on the best ways to put the railroad ties into place for the back border to my garden.

I have a friend who grew up in a "mill village." The factory where his father worked also owned several hundred houses that it rented to the factory workers. You got to know your neighbors and their kids. He talked about how all the parents parented all the kids, you took care of each other. If someone had a need or got sick, the community pitched in and took care of whatever it was.

Last week, my next door neighbor locked himself out of his house, with his cell phone still in the house. It felt a little awkward that he came over to use my phone when the most we usually do is wave across the driveways and mention the weather. He called his sister to come let him back in. Gee, if I'd only had a key to his house like a really good neighbor should...

Yes, the subject of community—the feeling that you belong in relationship—is close to my heart. It is a feeling that we have lost to a large extent. I am the Community Watch coordinator for my neighborhood, and one of the recommendations the Officers keep telling us is: get to know your neighbors, their kids, their pets, their cars—because we don't. Our isolation in our own neighborhoods is a chronic disease. Our life styles keep us this way. You don't need to run next door to borrow a cup of flour when neither of you cook. We have shifted from the front porch to the back deck. We are thankful for air conditioning that keeps us inside and away from our troublesome neighbors.

I get a daily email from the Inward/Outward folks. Here is one about the need to be intentional about living in community. It got my atention:
Our withholding ourselves is often beyond our knowing. You cannot surrender to God a self you do not know. This was surely also in the design of community, that we might find ourselves in the mirror of that community. It was as we shared the common life that one unredeemed area after another came to light. The joy of involvement was interwoven with the pain of it.Elizabeth O'Connor - Source: Call to Commitment
When we withhold ourselves—from God and others—we miss an opportunity to grow past our faults and limitations. You can say, like that old hymn, I surrender all, but this can be an incomplete inventory. How do you surrender what you don't know you have? It is in the context of sharing the common life that we reflect our brokenness to each other, and are loved and cared for anyway. The joy and the pain are both part of the package.

I'd like to see us creating a "today" version of community. What might that look like?