I’ve also been on LinkedIn for about eight years and read more profiles than I could tell you but no one is sharing their storied career failures. According to leaders the road to wisdom and learning often runs through failure. I, too, find myself somewhat shrinking back and hiding failure till success comes in. Then in 2012 I decided to change. I began writing a short book about searching for work during the Great Recession. The main story is about traumatic failure. However, it transformed into a story of the American experience, not just mine. It became a story about the changing workforce, bio profiling, generational values, the loss of privacy and the invasion of neuroscience+psychological tests used by business for predicting intelligence, also prevalent in and saturating public education. I have one more revealing number: as an eBook, mine is on Amazon’s Best Sellers Ranked list at 1.652 million – that is, for clarification, lower in sales than 1.6 million other books. That’s not success! Yes, but like all the CEO’s whom once failed and later penned their stories, I did too – but I did so at my low point. The real success is what makes the story interesting and original.
The average book publisher in 2015 received about 400,000 manuscripts and selected less than ten. Does this sound like Nashville and country music? Millions of songs, few hits. For me, even ranked 1.6 millionth, the book is my success story because I wrote what I lived. I wrote beyond my experience to include millions of professionals whose careers changed since 2008. Writing changed my life focus and at this moment the book is getting eyeballs and interest. I told the truth so parents would better understand a point of life for their children. A few education and parent groups and bloggers are showing interest because they are charged with preparing students for the real world that begins with getting hired. They need to know why and how new graduates from this time forward will be hyper-profiled by business right down to their grade school performances to include social media. Where there is private data employers will find it and apply it within behavioral analytics. Students will be joining a software-selected workforce; that’s not what it’s called but 76% of US corporations are doing it (a 2014 figure). And their data is still growing.