I got an idea a few weeks ago for the US to create companies where folks are paid to embrace their strengths. Whatever it is that makes them feel alive, that’s their job mission. It’s what I refer to as your Fearless Why.
We subsidize farmers, pharmaceutical companies, oil companies and others. Why not subsidize people’s strengths? Why not take our soul crushing economic model of forcing folks into pre-existing job categories and change it up?
Yes, I know what the skeptics will say. It won’t make a profit.
How do we know that? What if paying folks to do what makes them come alive produced ideas and products and inventions that folks actually wanted. What if work became something uplifting? Wouldn’t that life the world up with it?
Take Steve Jobs. He was really an inventor but folks didn’t see him that way. They saw him as a computer guy. He needed to keep inventing new things.
Now, let’s take Buckminster Fuller. I knew about him only as the inventor who patented the geodesic dome. Recently, I started reading his biography, Buckminster Fuller’s Universe. In 1927, depressed and suicidal he stood before Lake Michigan and contemplated hurling himself in.
An idea stopped him.
What if he decided to think differently? What if he decided to embark on a experiment to see how one person could help humanity?
Despite being broke, he conducted his experiment to work without profit as his driving force. It lead him to create all sorts of inventions and theories. He also refused to be narrowly categorized instead describing his output as “an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.”
The experiment lasted 56 years during which he referred to himself as Guinea Pig B and the planet as Spaceship Earth. He chronicled his daily life, ideas and philosophies in a diary he called Dymaxion Chronofile. He remained a sought after speaker well into his 80’s.
Perhaps, we might start thinking in terms of human profit rather than monetary profit.
Here’s my question to you. What might your contribution to humanity be? I’m trying to reconnect folks with their creativity and strengths. I feel that once we do that, the world will lift itself up.