I went to school in south Hampshire. The biggest employer in town at that time was IBM. The huge conglomerate had impressive offices in Langstone and Cold Harbour. It sponsored lots of school events and offered scholarships to recruit the best. I remember protesting that I did not want to spend a work-experience day at IBM because I did not want to be a computer scientist or anything to do with computers. Either I become a full-time equestrienne or a doctor, nothing in between. But all my friends trotted off to IBM for the free jolly, so I did too. To enjoy the good food that the company laid on to impress us and to have a day off school.
A few days ago, IBM announced that it will be cutting a whopping 111,000 jobs worldwide and it is not the only multinational to downscale. Way back in December, I wrote that we are entering a brave new world. Huge changes are happening in the world we live it. The internet. The connections (and disconnections), human relationships, the world of work. Modern illnesses and personal accountability for wellness (eating proper food, work-life balance, spirituality). Planet care and a move from waste, excesses and ostentatiousness (because scarcity is starting to bite).
There is a fledgling entrepreneurship section on this website. Anna, Vicky and I are not career entrepreneurs – we have always worked for others – but here we are, learning on the job. It is exciting, it is hard work, it is the future. The old structure has changed so much and it is pointless clinging on if you are looking for new opportunities in the brave new world.
During our idyllic October, we went for endless long walks in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight where I went to school. We walked past the many beautiful houses on the island and mused who lived in those dream houses of ours. How do they get to work? What do they do? Are they retirees? it would take 30 minutes to get over to the mainland and another 90 minutes to London, so what on earth do those people actually do for a living?
“Let’s start an internet company and buy a house here,” he had said.
Yes. I agree. The corporate structure is dead. I think these are the areas of opportunities in the brave new world:
- Internet and new media
- Health and wellness (beyond conventional medicine)
- Environment (reduce, reuse, recycle)
- Relationships and networking
- Good old-fashioned stuff
- Selfish, self-purpose business benefiting the elite few is OUT.
Today, I received an offer for my first novel Catching Infinity on quantum physics and good old-fashioned love between a husband and wife that nothing could ever destroy. It was an unusual outright offer, enough to pay for a small one-bedroom flat in my home town but I am holding on for a higher bid as it has taken me YEARS to write this magnus opus of mine. If I can’t find a publisher offering a higher bid, I will just use kindle, e-books, Amazon, etc, following the footsteps of the women who have sold over millions of copies on their own steam. Sheila Rodgers, whose book was rejected by agents, sold 1 million copies. Do you know, Fifty Shades of Grey was first self-published?
Welcome to the world of infinite possibilities. If you open yourself to it and dare to follow the yellow brick road.
Today, we are excited too about being featured in the Wonderbag newsletter. This is one company we hope to have a close working relationship with in the near future because it is ethical, environmentally friendly, family-orientated and it is a return to good old-fashioned values.
Yes indeed, we are excited by the opportunities in the brave new world (see our cheeky happy mugshot) and we hope that you are too. Good luck to you – heaps of it! – if you are starting something new!
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