John Tamny: The Changing Nature Of Work And Our Bright Future


On April 10, 2018, RealClearMarkets editor John Tamny appeared at Ashford University as part of the Forbes Distinguished Lecturer Series. He spoke about the current economic outlook and the major trends impacting the job market or the future.

Tamny is also the author of numerous books, including his latest, entitled "The End of Work: Why Your Passion Can Become Your Job."

"Be optimistic about the future, because it is going to be a great one," he said. "The reason it is going to be a great one is the work of the future is increasingly going to reflect what you're interested in, what you're passionate about. The work of the future is going to be about what will elevate you. You'll get up in the morning and go and do something about which you're very much an expert. By doing something which elevates your expertise you're going to be more productive. Productive people accomplish enormous amounts. The future is bright."

"The nature of work is changing before our eyes," he explained. "The New England Patriots, when they traveled to Minneapolis for the Super Bowl, brought a massive team of assistants... including three sleep coaches. Can you think of something more pleasurable than sleeping? But so advanced are we economically that football teams, because they want to prosper, have people who coach you on how to sleep."

"If you watched any of the proceedings of the Super Bowl you saw all sorts of people there who earn a good living being NFL insiders," he also said. "Imagine that, there are people today who are paid to follow one of the most popular sports leagues in the world and report on its doings to people."

"To everyone here: We are in the midst of something extraordinarily exciting taking place about work. It is a beautiful thing."

"As Wolfgang Puck puts it, nowadays people choose to become a chef as an alternative to a lawyer or doctor," he said later. "This is the world we live in. In a world of prosperity, more and more people divide what they do on a daily basis... If you have a passion for food you can make a living."

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