Adam Davidson: The New Rules for Thriving In The Twenty-First Century

In an economy marked by downsizing, offshoring and an accelerated deployment of robots and automation technology, fears around the future of our work and careers abound.

But according to New Yorker Magazine writer and co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money podcast, Adam Davidson, we needn’t be so gloomy.

Tied to extensive research that went into the writing of his new book, “The Passion Economy: The New Rules For Thriving In The Twenty-First Century,” Davidson says the emerging economy offers new ways of making money, fresh paths toward professional fulfillment and unprecedented opportunities for curious, ambitious individuals to combine the things they love with their careers.

The key is we must have the courage and commitment to pivot away from jobs and businesses we know will soon be automated – or out-competed by low-cost Asian firms – and apply our own unique skills, talents and interests to work that cannot be commoditized.

“For most of the 20th Century, the safest, most lucrative strategy was to be much like others as possible,” says Davidson. “In the 21st Century, the best strategy is to be fully yourself and to highlight your differences to everyone else.  That’s where the money is.”

As we discuss with Adan in this podcast, his book is filled with stories of people whose successful reinvention provides the rest of us with the transformative hope that we can actually thrive as we never have before.

As you’ll hear, there are new ground rules for success in business. Once you know what these are, you’ll have a roadmap for excelling in the world in a way that won’t just earn you a good living, it will also make your heart sing.

Whether you have an ear for understanding how to personally thrive in the new economy – or for successfully leading your team or organization to continued success – Davidson provides highly inspiring and informative tales of people who’ve already mastered the “Passion Economy.”

By Mark C. Crowley

Mark C. Crowley is the author of Lead From The Heart: Transformational Leadership For The 21st Century which has been taught in 11 American universities. He is a global speaker, leadership consultant and thought leader on the topics of workplace culture and employee engagement.