In 1997, a young man quit his job to become a writer. In January 1998, an article he wrote entitled Free Agent Nation appeared in a young magazine called Fast Company, and a career was launched.
That article proved viable demand, and led to a book deal. The interesting intersection here is that another young man who had quit his job to become a writer was featured in the book version of Free Agent Nation, and that young man was me.
Oh yeah … the first guy’s name is Daniel Pink. He’s written five provocative books, including three long-running New York Times bestsellers: A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human.
So, there was no other choice for my first guest on Unemployable. Fortunately, Dan said yes.
In this episode Dan Pink and I discuss:
- The current state of free agent nation
- Why free agency is a privilege for the talented
- How the predictions Dan made in A Whole New Mind benefit you
- Why the threat of job extinction may be overblown
- Why “selling yourself” is not sleazy if done correctly
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George Lorenzo says
Great show. To repeat: “The only way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” God, I can really relate to that. Thanks.
Mark Gandy says
Like always, great listen.
Could listen to Dan speak all day. But the comment about all job interviews being a waste of time HIT the mark. Not sure Topgrading’s Dr. Geoff Smart would concur, but I bet he would be nodding his head for 90-plus percent of all interviews.
Anthony Selvaggi says
Great episode, Brian. Inspirational indeed. Some of the best education today is what solopreneurs are creating.
Lisa Horwich says
Love listening to Daniel Pink. I remember reading the Fast Company article “Free Agent Nation” when it came out (while I was stuck in corporate America) and still quote parts of Drive when I negotiate projects. Thanks for having him on the podcast.
Michael Boezi says
Such a great episode, thank you both! Love the show, Brian – recommending it to everyone I know who’s “one of us.” Keep rockin’ it.