Peter Weddle’s new book, A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream, offers a provocative take on the job search. With 12.5 million Americans unemployed, and a stagnant jobless rate of 8.1 percent, Weddle’s overall premise – that “career security” is non-existent in today’s economy – holds a lot of weight. The book, which chronicles the plight of three out-of-work Baby Boomers, prompts readers to practice what Weddle calls, “economic disobedience.” According to his premise, economic disobedience is the practice of “refusing to accept the “boxes” employers try to put us in.” Weddle counters that these “boxes” limit people’s ability to achieve the career success that is within their control.
Weddle asserts that people need to take charge of their careers expressly due to the result of the lack of job security in today’s economy. “Given the tectonic shifts underway in the global marketplace, employers can’t tell what kinds of workers they’ll need six months from now, let alone two or three years down the road,” says Weddle By bucking the norm of refusing to put yourself in the three boxes that employers try to put you in, Weddle insists you can achieve success. According to him, job seekers need to:
- Look at themselves as “people of talent” versus a “job seeker.” Talent, according to Weddle, is the “capacity for excellence, and it is what defines us as human beings.”
- Understand that they have the ability to deliver superior performance on-the-job. “It’s up to them to bring their talent to work, but it’s also up to their employers to get out of the way,” adds Weddle.
- And lastly, not be defined as “property” of any employer.
This line of thinking as you embark on the job search will help you create career security, says Weddle. “That’s why I titled my novel A Multitude of Hope. Because hope is what happens when we replace employers’ boxes with our own commitment to finding, developing and delivering our talent on-the-job; we rediscover the power and promise of the American Dream,” Peter Weddle is a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the author and editor of dozen of books. Visit him at www.amultitudeofhope.com.