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Posts Tagged ‘9th book by Erin L. Albert on Multipationals’

Never. Stop. Shining.

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

trepbookcoversI’ve had an awesome week.

But, I’ve also had a butt-kicking week.

One of the questions I kept getting asked at SXSW was – “How do I stop getting people to see me in only one way, as a _____?”

(The blank = typically what your first profession was, or your first major in college.)

First off, this is kind of the generalist vs. the specialist argument that I’ve often described here before. Second, people love to put other people in nice compartments – that’s probably why the Container Store is so wildly popular. We like to make things simple and neat.

Sorry, but life is not simple and neat. And the most interesting people often aren’t simple.

Third, many with the indoctrination of ONE JOB FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (the very old concept of the industrial revolution) may not ever understand that people have to have MULTIPLE careers ongoing now – not just one. ONE JOB IS DANGEROUS, because what if that ONE JOB goes away overnight?

The other challenge the SXers often asked about was “How can I do multiple things in my career?”

That’s actually easier. You simply make time for the things you care about.

Yes, you have to get a day job to feed your bank account and bills. Sometimes, you get lucky and you can also feed your soul at your day job. But, if you can’t, you still have 8 hours every day to do something that feeds the latter. Maybe you won’t get paid in $. But, your spiritual capital will benefit. Or, better yet, you can learn key skills while doing passion projects that can lead you into being paid for them in a gig later on.

The bottom line with both of these questions: never stop being you. Shine on. If the rest of the world tries to put you in one nice little box because they comprehend that you can only do ONE thing, that’s their problem, not yours. Second, know that you’re not alone, if you’re out there reinventing yourself, or your career, or juggling a lot of different things. It’s OKAY to want to do more and grow in your life…to try new things. In fact, you’re now in the majority. And those box putters with ONE job are going to have a very, VERY rude awakening soon…

Multipationals: The Changing World of Work, and How to Create Your Best Career Portfolio

Monday, May 4th, 2015
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Multipationals: The Changing World of Work, and How to Create Your Best Career Portfolio by Erin L. Albert

‘Twas the night before a book launch…and all through the house.
Erin was scrambling – to get the URLs live on her website for…her new book.

Yeah, that didn’t rhyme.  Dr. Seuss is shaking his head somewhere.  But…you all get this first on the “wire” – link to the new book, Multipationals is here!  It’s also up on Amazon KindleHere is the press release.

Here are other interviews I did about this book: Pete the Planner, The Work Life Hub, and Pharmacy Podcast.  Also, thanks to John Krull at @WFYI’s NPR show, No Limits.  As well, Marianne at ARTxFM, and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz for chats on the air about it.

And yes, it’s also at B&N Nook, coming to iBooks, at Google ebookstore, etc.

I tried a few new things with this, my 9th original title book project:

1. OK, I know what you’re thinking: what the Hades is a “multipational”?  You may at this point be scratching your head on how I define “multipational,” since I kind of made it up.   Yeah, so I guess I’d better define here what I mean by that word I made up.

Well, in older posts, I kept commenting and refining what I think it means to be a multipational.  It’s someone who has multiple careers and gigs going on at the same time.  And, even cooler, while there may be different jobs or gigs in there, they all kind of go back to some type of career theme.  I argue this is different from the slash, in that slashes tend to compartmentalize their gigs on a calendar basis–multipationals have their multiple gigs going on around them all the time.  The term “slash” is commonly used in the business and career development literature.  However, I think the multipationals out there are a little different than the slashes.  Again – you’ll need to read the book to understand the differences.

The darker side of all of this is the growing ‘contingency’ workforce – just recently, a US GAO report found that 40% of the US workforce is contingent now.  Read it on Forbes and weep. Contingent means everything from part time work, to temp, to on call, to indie contractors who hustle up their own work.  One way to insulate against destabilization of a ‘steady day job’?  MULTIPATIONALISM!

2. It’s a shorter book.  Apparently, people aren’t reading as much these days, so I tried to cut to the chase.  I have real world multipationals in it in a variety of flavors – so readers will get a flavor of what it means without an overdose.

3. It took longer than I expected to publish.  Why?  Well, because I experimented with my own career as guinea pig in this book.  Did it ‘work’?  Was I successful?  Did I fail spectacularly?  Well, I guess you’ll have to buy a copy of it and officially find out for yourself. (Hint–I was just discussing Hemingway’s quote today on writing about what hurts.)  And, as a side bar bonus – the weird experiment I tried on myself involved pharmacy.  And I know there are a LOT of pharmacists out there shopping for interesting career paths – so all pharmacists out there should grab a copy of this book and consider a multipational career angle.

4. Cover art a la e.  I was lamenting to an artist friend of mine about not being able to find a fast and economical cover artist.  To which, he replied, “Why don’t you design your own cover?”  So, just like my first book on MSLs, I decided to go for it and take his advice.  So, if the art is bad – you can blame that on me.  (Don’t worry, I can take it.)  I did take the photo, and it has been officially entitled, “blur,” as our lives and careers these days seem to feel like one big blur.  But colorful!

5. E-book to start – As much as I love book books, I decided to get the first edition of this subject out in e format first.  Books are ongoing dialogues and conversations – so will I have a book book version of this title in the future?  There’s always a possibility of it! Besides, ebooks are frankly lower cost to get out there.  And, I know readers of my career books wants what is hot now – they don’t want to wait another 3-6 months for a paper edition of data that’s rotting on the vine.

So, there you have it, my peeps.  The 411 on the new book before the press release is out.  Before it’s even for sale at the major ebook retailers.  And regardless of whether or not you buy my latest ebook experience and experiment, THANK YOU for coming along with me on all these crazy book journeys.  It’s been a wild and amazing ride this past almost 10 years in writing and publishing.  Y-O-U made it worth getting on the roller coast for – mwah!