Toward the early-middle of the book Arian shares her reason for writing the book. Having been cut from a career in video, she hadn’t believed she could or would be cut. That sinking feeling that “this can’t happen to me” and then it does. She shared that bit of herself and I realized how well I could relate.


The struggle with replacing jobs with computers is real. And it’s happening. It doesn’t matter if you’re dishing donuts and knocking out the frosting decorations, a machine can and will replace you. If you’re not even safe decorating donuts (my personal revelation), then there’s no safe job. When you show up to pick up your favorite donuts and a machine just knocked them out, you need to remember that some person lost a job to that machine. But that’s what the book is about. How to beat that problem.

Can you reimagine your current job? What would you do if your job wasn’t there anymore?

With all the new machines doing old jobs, what kinds of new jobs are available? Where will you find your next position? And will that position be filled with a machine eventually too?

One of the reasons machines, computers, and technology replace people is because people work at different speeds, so by mechanizing the process becomes more consistent. Speeding up the action means more product can be made with greater consistency. But, the truth is humans represent the greatest cost, so replacing the human element cuts cost and makes businesses more profitable.

Arian touts the process of achieving the new normal by reimagining time in many instances, including personal life and family. Her efforts to bring normalcy into this effort to ease the fear over career changes are astronomical. I see many possibilities within her ideas. She has a way of expressing herself and her ideas that appeals to the heart of the matter.

Transition is her goal. Transformation is her game. If ever there’s a way to shift the overall dynamic of career fear, Arian has those clues all tied up in a sweet package.

She frequently mentions Ned Ludd, a man for whom Luddites were named, because their job losses were tremendously painful. They were trained for one job, and had no other real options, so when they were laid off due to mechanization of their industry – those lovely folks fell by the wayside and were lost.


No more do we train for only one job. In almost every industry, we’re trained for a variety of positions, so we can emerge from one job into another as technology evolves to claim yet another industry from our clutches. However, Arian doesn’t really believe we’ve evolved a lot in most ways. She believes that future generations can do better. By taking a hard look at what has happened in the past, she believes we can transform the future with better innovations and eliminate some of the disruptions of careers

I believe her book is worth reading. She offers many solid, sound ideas, and could benefit anyone who is struggling with career loss.

by Kendall Townsend, posted by Garth Thomas