Wind In The Workplace

Why Everyone On This Planet Cannot Be An Entrepreneur But Should Try To Have A Side Hustle

Abhishek Kothari

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition- Steve Jobs

In this world, there are salaried people and then there are the superheroes that common employees aspire to be — entrepreneurs. There are countless articles proselytizing entrepreneurship as if that’s the only way of living a larger than life existence. At the same time, there is a virtually complete deglamorization of the average salaried person. Some of the words associated with both blue and white collared workers are ‘boring’, ‘risk averse’, ‘… will never even come close to making a million dollars’ etc.

On the other hand, there is a deep truism in becoming your own master. In an Artificial Intelligence (AI) saturated world, what will the jobs look like ? It could be that the job market of the future will be composed of gig economy entrepreneurs ie Disc Jockeys (DJ’s), superstar video bloggers (on platforms such as YouTube), writers, poets, artists, supervisors of completely autonomous entities whose only job will be to make the journey called life a delightful experience. Many experts think that a corporation can be completely run by AI algorithms. In fact, art can be automated and created by AI. Therefore, the only thing AI cannot eat is human idiosyncrasy because it is hard to codify Idiosyncrasies. It is hard to predict when a hip-hop artist suddenly flips a switch and decides to dedicate his musical career to alternative rock.

This essay delves deeper into the reasons why everybody on this planet cannot be an entrepreneur. It also tries to look at the future and attempts to define the most cogent argument for entrepreneurship ie automation of all human jobs. This shift could take place over a decade or the next thirty or fifty years. It is

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Abhishek Kothari

Futurist@The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR