How the Lost Art of Self-Direction Literally Kills People

…Plus, the Simple Antidote for Unemployment

I don’t know exactly how it’s happened, but most people today seem to have lost their ability to create meaningful work for themselves.

If a company or boss isn’t telling these people what to do, they’re unable to function in an economically meaningful way.

And outside of doing what they’re told, the only thing they seem to know how to do is apply for jobs (so they can once again be told what to do) or file for unemployment (“jobseeker’s allowance” in Britain).

I began to think about this when earlier this month I came across the story of a young British woman who’d taken her own life because she couldn’t find employment.

Vicky Harrison swallowed a bottle of pills after applying to more than 200 different jobs — and being rejected every time.

By all accounts, Harrison was a good student and reasonably ambitious. Yet these things did not seem to help in her job search. From the article:

[Miss Harrison’s death] tragically highlights the human cost of the highest level of joblessness since the mid-1990s. Rising youth unemployment has led to warnings about a ‘lost generation’.

Her father Tony, 53, said: ‘I lost track of the different types of jobs she applied for. It was really hard seeing her confidence suffer after each rejection. She just wanted to work and earn some cash. I didn’t realise how hard it would be to get a job.’

What I find most tragic is that Miss Harrison never explored the idea of working for herself.

And it’s not just Miss Harrison — millions of people today seem to have lost their ability to autonomously add value to the world.

Here’s the Formula for Getting Paid for Your Efforts Outside of a Job

Self-employment (or self-directed creative activity intended to produce a profit) is a lost art. But it’s really not that difficult.

Find a problem.

Solve it.

Those are the basics.

Another approach:

Look for a business activity where the number of practitioners are too few to meet the demand. Then learn how to become a practitioner and compete in that market on a freelance basis.

Example: My brother has recently discovered there is high demand for IT people who know all the ins and outs of Service Now, which is an IT help desk used at a number of big companies in the Denver area.

Almost everywhere I look there are opportunities to create value and get paid.

The key to developing this kind of vision is to learn to think like an entrepreneur.

An entrepreneur is continuously scanning the business landscape to spot opportunities… to identify ways of doing business that are better, faster, or cheaper.

How to Know If You’ve Got What It Takes

Have you ever had to deal with a frustrating problem where you asked yourself, “Why don’t they have a _______ that did _______? This would be so easy if there was something like that!”

If you’ve ever had a thought like that, you already have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Have you ever dealt with a company where one of their business processes made no sense to you? And maybe you were frustrated or angered by it?

That is an opportunity waiting to be exploited!

Look… I realize I may be preaching to the choir here. After all, many of my readers are already in business for themselves or actively pursuing a business idea.

But there are millions of people out there who have not been taught how to think entrepreneurially.

They’re discouraged because they either can’t get a job… or… they’re currently “underemployed.”

I want to reach those people before they become too discouraged. I want to tell them, “Your life has meaning. You already have the seeds of greatness in you. All you need to do is water those seeds with creative energy… and watch them grow.”

And the best part is, you don’t need a job or a boss to bring these seeds of greatness to life.

You can do it right now… on your own… just by learning how to think like an entrepreneur.

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-Ryan M. Healy

Ryan M. Healy

Ryan Healy is a financial copywriter and the author of Speed Writing for Nonfiction Writers. Since 2002, he has worked with scores of clients, including Agora Financial, Lombardi Publishing, and Contrarian Profits. He writes a popular blog about copywriting, advertising, and business growth, has been featured in publications like Feed Front magazine, and has been published on sites like,, and

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