Hire your boss!

Hire your boss

You may have not realised it yet but the work environment has changed. The future is already here, even though you may not live it right now.

I have been feeling a hitch, an inner hitch, for the past few years and eventually I decided to scratch it. I gathered courage and determination and I did it: I resigned my job and renounced the traditional career path.

Perhaps I picked the vibes of what is going on in our modern world - living in London helps to be receptive to new trends. I realised that we live in amazing times, full of opportunities. Just 10 years ago it would not have been possible to receive all the info of your chosen topics straight into your phone. In a pocket size device, we carry a treasure of wealth and possibilities.  And education has changed dramatically. It is no more locked within universities walls, it is digitally available to anyone and often free. Knowledge is power and the democratisation of knowledge is very empowering!

As I am entering my 40s, I started prioritising what really matters in my life. And I do not want to compromise anymore: life is a precious gift to be lived fully and happiness is my birth-right. I have met so many people unhappy because they do not enjoy their work. And we spend around 80% of our time at work. This means we are miserable 80% of the time. This is a crime against life and it does not have to be that way!

Today we do not have to either succumb to the status quo, obey the rules and renounce our happiness; or react by stepping out of the game and ending up at the margin of society. We live in a much more liquid society, where we can carve the work environment we want based on our talents and personalities, not vice-versa. It is a challenge but it is possible, and, for me personally, extremely exciting.

Internet, technological advances and increased mobility allow more and more people to work remotely. Freelance is a growing reality and too many talented people are still stuck at unhappy jobs under the pretext of security and comfort. I realised that everyone can do everything, literally! You may have heard of the 10,000-hour theory: if you do anything for 10,000 hours, you become an expert at it.

So my advice is to pick something you enjoy doing, become an expert at it and expose yourself to serendipity. It might be that you want to offer your skills to an employer in a meaningful way or perhaps you want to take it a step further and start up your own business. Well, the good news is: never before has entrepreneurship been so widely accessible. There has been an incredible democratisation of the tools required to build a business and a vast decrease in capital required to get commercial ventures off the ground.

For me it is about living life at my own terms whilst doing what really matters to me. I decided that I want to spend my time doing what I love doing, in the company of people I enjoy and contributing to the world in a more meaningful way. The best contribution I can give to the world is being happy and I am determined to do exactly that! And you?

Francesco Gatti