Carving Your Own Path In The Future of Work, Upward Hartford, Tuesday, 23. July 2019

You've heard that there is a "future of work" on the horizon. You may have also heard that it's already here - but where, and for whom? How can the future of work happen for you?

On Tuesday, July 23rd, join Upward and Paul Millerd of Boundless for an interactive workshop on disrupting the "default path" in pursuit of a happier & healthier way of working. Everyone is feeling it, but it seems few are willing to act on the future of work - this session is your invitation to depart from the norm.
Paul is the first to admit that there is a ton of noise around this topic (cue Facebook ads and articles on "10 Tips to Building An Online Empire," or "How To Make 6-Figures in 6 Months Working From Home!"....) but is committed to providing tactical tools to help you build and test the necessary skills to pursue your passions.

In this workshop, we'll use live case studies to:

Explore new models of working
Identify your ideal journey
Define ways to "create in public"
Explore accessible tools to sharpen your skills, test them & move forward


Come explore the ways you can access the future of work with Paul and fellow forward-thinkers! A $5 ticket fee includes admission + light refreshments.

About Paul Millerd, Founder of Boundless:

Catching The Prestige Bug
Towards the end of college, I found out about "prestigious" places like McKinsey & Company, Goldman Sachs or Google and became obsessed with landing a job at one of these places.  It didn't hurt my motivation that many people told me people like me (meaning I didn't go to the "right" school) couldn't work at places like this.  Paul Graham captures my mindset at the time better than I could:
"Prestige is like a powerful magnet that warps even your beliefs about what you enjoy. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you'd like to like."
McKinsey remains the best place I've ever worked and taught me how to write, create, work in teams and lead others with compassion. Despite being an amazing place, I felt the need to keep moving and after two years headed off to MIT Sloan business school. Although I loved being in a University setting I have mixed feelings on whether I'd do it again.
Figuring Out What Matters
After business school, I spent two years batting health issues. For the first time in my life, I came **** to **** with my own fragility and realized that my identity revolved around a shallow notion of career "success" and I had lost touch with what mattered to me.  
Experiments
As I became healthier, I started focusing on the things I was good at and stopped worrying as much about pleasing others. I also started experimenting on the side, helping people more actively with their careers and trying to share some of the lessons I learned. This evolved into something a little more serious, when I decided to create my first "side hustle" by setting up careerswithpaul.com. Initially launched via an e-mail I sent to 100 friends, it was the first time I did something that was 100% terrifying, but I felt aligned with what mattered to me.
This experience gave me the courage to experiment in other ways, holding a group coaching workshop, building several customized coaching programs for founders and entrepreneurs, landing multiple paid speaking gigs and a couple freelance consulting gigs.
Quitting & Freelancing
While I now tell people "don't just quit your job!" that's what I did. While I had thinking about quitting for a while, the moment didn't come until I had just arrived at a friends wedding in Florida. My boss at the time had a knack for soul-crushing e-mails and instead of ignoring the one he sent me while I was in Florida, I sent back a short "maybe it's time to go." Deep down, I was ready to start a new chapter in my life. even though it cost me $24,000.
Over the next several months, I started my freelance consulting company and started laying the groundwork for what I thought would be a long-term freelance consulting career. 
After leaving my job, I focused relentlessly on trying to land freelance consulting projects. In my first five months, I landed several gigs and was able to live life with much more freedom, all while earning $65,000 and proved to myself that I could in fact make this life "work."
Self-Employment
After working on all these projects, I took some time off and in that time several creative projects emerged.  This is when Boundless, the Podcast and the Future of Work Mindset Assessment were born.  It became clear to me that I loved the work and the life I was creating.  I was also noticing that I was becoming a calmer, more mindful and peaceful person and I didn't hate it:
I wouldn’t claim I am Mother Teresa, but relative to the person I was in the corporate world, I find myself being more patient, kind and generous to the people around me. The marginal blows of insanity and negativity in the corporate world slowly eat away at you in a way that is hard to put a finger on, but easy to spot once you get a bit of distance.
Living Abroad For The First Time
In April of 2018 I decided to take a month long trip to Asia.  That trip changed everything.  During the trip, working from a cafe overlooking the ocean in Bali, I realized that I hadn't been dreaming big enough.
As I worked that day, it was one of the first times I was working and didn’t really have any resentment towards that work. How could I with such a view? It was also the first time where I felt a little silly that I had spent almost a year freelancing and didn’t think about leaving Boston or New York to explore more of the world or visit friends.
 In September of that year I returned to Taipei and ended up meeting someone on a similar journey that I ended up dating and moving in with.  Given that I'm now committed to spending time straddling two worlds, I've continued to experiment with digital businesses such as writing, online courses and consulting that might enable me to fund this life.

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