Technology Blurs Work and Life

In Daniel Pink’s books—from “Free Agent Nation” to “A Whole New Mind” and “Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us”—we have a record of the shift in workers’ mindset that technology brought. The nature of work changed from working for companies to owning our own work. We now recognize how ubiquitous innovation and creativity are. People create. That means you and me.

No more waiting for the powers that be to discover our wonderful something. For our own pleasure and with plucky entrepreneurial spirit, we create and broadcast what we love to do. We came out of the closets of secret devotion, bringing our pet projects and secret artistries; anything had potential for success. 

We went looking within ourselves for more undiscovered wonders, something that would carry our names. The Internet provided a way to learn and grow around what we do well. We became bigger on our own and burst out of cocoons, bringing our talents with us.

The artificial person can try to imitate the vitality of flesh and blood, but we know the difference, and we get better and better at seeing what is real. We want life to be real.

The Nature of Nature

The nature of human nature is that you can, indeed, fool some of the people some of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all of the time. As we adapt to the new worldwide web culture, buyers and sellers both become more savvy: businesses move quickly, catering to the innovation fever, and buyers become more selective in choosing what meets individual tastes.

It could take half a century to get to the end of this bottom-to-top exhilaration, to find a settling point when the music stops. One by one, we are finding unique places in the rewired, remodeled work and life routine. We’re not yet in position for the next historic growth spurt, but we’re getting there.

Each of us is finding the new dream, the best work-life fit. From all that is now available, we can put together a custom combination of preferred communication for our work-life and relationships, and move ever closer to the way we work best, living true and being happy in work.

We never fully arrive at perfect happiness. At every pinnacle reached, we want more. Dissatisfaction stirs new growth, especially for the diligent and creative. Blurring the lines between work and life means being whole, inside and out, from heart and mind to soul and body.

Work what we love

The industrious individual freely uses personal time and resources to do the work he or she loves to do. If the work serves us well, it is likely that it can serve others well. Opportunity may seem serendipitous but there is no way to be ready at the door without giving our full attention to what is in our hands to do—now.

Personal drive and refining our talents are the seeds of commerce. Money is the oil to the machine that brings diverse parts together as one. This is also the nature of nature: we are meant to work together, to give what we are and what we do. Happiness is not self-contained; our happiness includes the happiness of others.

We each are busy putting our bit into the universal pool, and over time the outcome becomes history. If human nature and life were perfect, freedom and prosperity might rise steadily and transcendentally; meaning, beyond what we can conceive or calculate. Naturally, there will always be deterrents to perfect happiness: greed, envy, hatred, and maltreatment of others—but also the learning curve as we navigate through the shifts and changes of life. The nature of life is to renew itself and grow, and life sheds whatever weakens the whole. “Perfectly good” means what is best for all, at the same time.

The heart’s mind is a kind of metaphysical DNA that makes one person learn and grow in an inimitable way: a mix of inborn qualities as they mature, nurture, experience, and free will choices. Happiness is coming closer to whole, seamless living—being that unique person, from heart to mind and body. Happiness grows out of the heart, and what is happiness for one is known only to that one.