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The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5

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The rapid development of technology and globalization has changed the leverage points in accumulating wealth: money, meaning and freedom.

Those that don’t adapt are becoming trapped in the downward spiral of a dying middle class - working harder and earning less.

Entrepreneurs that understand the new paradigm, have created unprecedented wealth in their lives and the live
Kindle Edition, 302 pages
Published June 28th 2015
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Happy Dust
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite books about entrepreneurship.
It's packed with brand new ideas and it's well written.
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I am recycling this book. While I agree with the general thesis regarding entrepreneurship put forth by the author - if you could call it at that - I find the work unoriginal and repetitive. The book is full of stereotypes and quotes from other writers and entrepreneurs - and lacks data or a personal narrative.

Taylor Pearson's main thesis is that entrepreneurship is cool, and is less risky, more profitable and more fulfilling than having a job. His book is also titled, "The End of Jobs" but whe
Jesse Tevelow
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A New Era of Entrepreneurship is Upon Us. "The End of Jobs," by Taylor Pearson, is a Masterpiece

It was the same old story. Entrepreneur X makes a risky choice, venturing off on his own in lieu of taking a stable job. He learns about the power of working independently, building knowledge, and providing value to others. He writes a book about how you can do it too.

This is the same story Tim Ferriss told us back in 2007 with The Four Hour Workweek. It’s the same story I tell in The Connection Algo
Kevin Koskella
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. At first I thought it would just be an interesting read, from a historical perspective. But as I got into it, more and more I was getting practical tips and ideas on what I could do myself to adapt to this new era moving forward, and inspiration on what all the "end of jobs" will mean to me and to the world. I'm going to say this is a must read if you are in college, starting your career, or at any point of your career.

Just prepare to have your world view changed if
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
End of jobs is a blog-post-like summary of other popular books (antifragile, man's search for meaning, capital in the 21st century, four hour work week, etc) which adds very little new or original thought to the matter. The summary is simple: Society is evolving and technology has enabled new methods for non-traditional employment which is the key to greater happiness and freedom and meaning in your life. It appropriately captures the broader trend but generalizes too often and uses excessive hy ...more
Camille Durant
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Pearson says that we're facing "the end of jobs" for three main reasons:

1. Because of the fact that nearly everyone in the world has access to the internet, global education standards have risen. Communication tech is awesome now. So all this means that you're potentially competing with 7 billion people for that job offer. (And the software developers in the Philippines can afford to make $10/hr doing it.)
2. Machines, both hardware and software, are taking over both blue collar AND whit
Michał Płachta
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book compares the traditional approach to career (job) with an emerging new one (entrepreneurship). More and more people work in complex organisations, where following the rules or best practices is not creating any value. Those organisations need individuals who can walk into chaos and create order.

What caused the emergence of entrepreneurial revolution:
- Long tail phenomenon has been enabled by technology in last 2 decades.
- We are experiencing exponential growth in many areas, but humans
I found this book thought-provoking, but it gave me very little information I had not already absorbed osmotically through the internet. However, it did collect the information and distill it, which made the read worthwhile, even though much of it felt like review. It served as affirmation in my decision not to pursue a college degree — the return on the investment does not warrant the expense — and it made me contemplate how to take advantage of niche markets and how to leverage existing skills ...more
J.F. Penn
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Globalization, the acceleration of technology, entrepreneurship, digital disruption and thriving in extremistan. This should be mandatory reading for parents & teens considering their next step. Excellent book
Rick Wilson
Lots of platitudes and vague exhortations to be an entrepreneur. Unfortunately missing actual advice on how to run a business, raise money, sell goods, or other nuts and bolts of running a business. Mostly a high level empty think piece about macro economic trends without ever being smart or self aware enough to recognize them as macroeconomic trends.

A good example of what happens when a McKinsey bro becomes only slightly self aware. There’s “business triangles of growth” and all sorts of fun p
Richard Meadows
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A call-to-arms for a new age of entrepreneurship. The End of Jobs makes a compelling argument that globalisation and the democratisation of production and distribution mean it has never been easier or more fruitful to become an entrepreneur. Arguably, taking a traditional career is now the more risky pathway.

If all this 'describe a change in the world' stuff isn't your cup of tea, just skip past it. Where this book really shines is in providing a fully-formed blueprint of how to start an online
Nataliya Stelmakh
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the book & many insights into why the era of resources, then knowledge is now over, and the new era of entrepreneurship is upon us. Many cool stories of people giving up their 9 to 5 dull jobs & stairstepping into creating businesses. Surprisingly a good read!
Tyler Poole
Oct 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very interesting case for entrepreneurship and leaving the traditional 9-5. Especially when freelancing/contract work is not the "norm" it is nice to read something that talks up the idea rather than saying 'get a job' ...more
Nathan Rose
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The premise behind The End of Jobs is (in my opinion) both contrarian and correct - which is really the highest praise I can give to a "big idea" non-fiction book such as this one.

Essentially, Taylor Pearson is saying that the career paths we think of as "safe" and "risky" have undergone a dramatic reversal since the end of the 20th century, due largely to the Internet. Jobs are now riskier than before, and entrepreneurship is now safer than before. However, most people don't realize how the wor
Louis Shulman
This book was phenomenal the second time through. The author, Taylor Pearson, has a background in blogging and essay writing, and the style in his book reflects the quick pace common in online content. The paragraphs are really short and chapters go by in a few minutes, so the book only takes a few hours to read in its entirety.

I love how clearly Taylor can breakdown complex ideas. He is very repetitive, but I find what he repeats to be very beneficial and ultimately worth repeating.

The book b
John Snowden
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Filled with interesting insights and thoughts that I value, I have found some good motivation from.

However, I hold a few things against the book:
1. It's incredibly repetitive. The same interesting insights are repeated 5-10 times it felt like, so sometimes it feels like it's being padded for length unnecessarily. Keeping it succinct would have felt more valuable to me and my time.
2. Though "freedom" felt like a good motivator for why to approach the economy differently which he cites a couple o
Christian Knutson
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Think Entrepreneurial Skill Development - Everyone Can Embrace That Concept

I had a long-standing love/hate relationship with the word "entrepreneur" because my background is deeply rooted in a secure, job framework - government service. This said, I realized even in that setting that successful people (i.e. the ones getting promoted or being put on plum projects) were successful because they were accomplished in skills like networking, communications, developing relationships and generating idea
Michael-bret Hodges
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book confirmed and brought to the surface a long buried notion of mine; the secret to entrepreneurship in not something that you find in a book. Not to say that is the book is not good, the very opposite. I feel that Tyler has ensconced this idea in this book.

Limits have changed. Jobs and the traditional school to college to career conveyor belt is off track with human progress. The world is full of college graduates making the prospect of a degree and the work associated with it a huge wa
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Summary: A big tsunami is coming to wipe out jobs as we have known them. But hey, it's never been easier to be an entrepreneur.
A convincing book, particularly as we see the concept of the secure career-long job crumble and the rise of the contract and sites such as Airtasker and Freelancer. More and more jobs are being automated or moved 'offshore'.
This book is a very good heads-up, with a stirring finish.
Jure Brkinjač
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Great message (again, summed up in the title). Juxtaposing it with So Good They Can't Ignore You, the two books obviously have contradicting premises, and both felt they were cherry-picking when providing examples.

The writing in this one is pretty poor and leaves a lot to be desired. Plus, it seems while reading that the author is rehashing concepts from others, without really analyzing them.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great insight into what I also personally believe (and in some ways hope) will be the future. Pearson is as sharp as they come.
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Makes a good case. I'm going to read it again and try to verify what he states. ...more
Connie Mayta
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book shows the signs of trends to come for resources and professional services.
There are additional tools online that support the book.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Looks like a collection of ideas from other books (1) + advocating for the entrepreneurship (2). Worth reading/skimming to get familiar with ideas from (1) and maybe get inspired by (2).
Mar 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: previewed
Not only mediocre, but many things are wrong.
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was ok
Both entrepreneurship and being an employee take risks, no matter being an employee or entrepreneur, we are all doing the same thing-- evaluating the options in our hands and make a trade-off we want to achieve our goal.

However, the book keeps showing the upside of entrepreneurship and the downside of being an employee, but never really talk about what the trade-off is as an entrepreneur, even the book's title itself: without the 9-to-5, seems misleading to me. For most entrepreneurs around me,
Akshay Pai
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It has a lot of insights into the notion of job or working in companies and how as an individual we can do and achieve much more than what we have been made to believe.

The book stresses upon why Entrepreneurship is always better then being in a job. This isn't true in all cases. What he's trying to tell is that people who work for big companies are often not motivated and have very poor performance.

Smaller companies which have a great work environment and give their
Stephen Heiner
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Taylor Pearson penned this some years ago, and it's a great complement to the ecosystem first pioneered by Tim Ferriss and his 4HWW. While he's not at his best when making sweeping generalizations (particularly about the Catholic Church, etc), Pearson does a good job of making the case for the title of his book. Even better, he points out why we shouldn't be shedding tears for the end of traditional jobs, which were only a blip in the economy of work over the timeline of mankind. There is more f ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: personal-finance
Another one of those (increasingly common) books that should just have been a 2000 word article. I had to abandon the book around the halfway point as I was simply getting nothing out of the book.

The core idea in the book is that the economy is changing in such a way that becoming an entrepreneur is far less risky than pursuing a career.

This central idea is often wrapped in overly-simplified analysis, for example in the description of how the economy has switched episodically from agricultural-
Cristian Borlovan
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good ignition for thinking like an entrepreneur in a world designed by principles that don't scale any further

Providing a good philosophy about current opportunities and a good awareness that the only ones that can use our own time for us and for a good return instead selling it cheap to the others and having a "robot" life (but take care, the robots are better in being robots than us) it's us. If the book would have added more practical hints it would have been a complete guide to keep with me
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