By Jojopahmaria Nsoroma
The Great Resignation is evidence that humans are waking up to the fact that we are not machines, and money can’t buy us love or happiness.
In the United States, the unethical business practices of the late nineteenth century captains of industry, also pejoratively called the 'Robber Barons’, gave birth to the most prosperous economy since the Declaration of Independence, the Gilded Age. Men like Andrew Carnegie of US Steel, John D. Rockefeller of Standard Oil, Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company, and J.P. Morgan of Wall Street banking, were among the first titans of American industry who set unethical and immoral business strategies as the standards for success. Their ultimate goal was to create and hold onto wealth by any means necessary.
As a result, unethical business practices have become quite common and accepted. I recently came across an article written in 2018 entitled, “5 Extremely Common But Very Distasteful Unethical Business Practices,” (1). The article gives contemporary examples of misleading product information, unfair competition, mistreatment of employees, manipulating accounts, and bribery by large corporations, including Facebook, Volkswagen, Pepsi-Cola, and Toshiba, who resorted to dishonest and devious activities because they fear their competition and dread the loss of consumers.
The following quote from another business article written in 2017, clearly demonstrates how fear-mentality and victim-consciousness are still alive and kicking when it comes to doing business:
"It is cut-throat competition out there. You have to be better than the others not just to survive but thrive and succeed. You must understand that it is a cruel world that will not care for you and you must care for yourself. For this reason, it becomes essential to understand your competitors and their strategies. You must be creative and competitive so that you can improve your sales and be in the good books of the customers."
-- Nirdesh Singh (2)
It is this kind of degenerative thinking that has greatly contributed to The Great Resignation that broke out in 2020, fueled by the global pandemic. In January of 2022, 4.3 million Americans voluntarily left their jobs (3), and this trend is a continuation from November of 2021 when 4.5 million Americans quit.(4)
We have evolved to a time period where emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence, and moral intelligence matter more than ever. The computer and internet, in combination with digital and virtual technologies, have freed up our time and minds to consider our authentic purpose in life. We are seriously questioning what family and society has conditioned us to believe about who and what we are. In our New Age, we are more socially conscious and inclusive, and more aware that we are a global community connected by economics, Netflix, ecology, climate change, and a virus that is a perfect transmitter. Here at the beginning of the 21st century, we are open to going beyond the way things have always been and onto how things can and must be for the benefit of all.
In our New Age, we are more socially conscious and inclusive, and more aware that we are a global community connected by economics, Netflix, ecology, climate change, and a virus that is a perfect transmitter. Here at the beginning of the 21st century, we are open to going beyond the way things have always been and onto how things can and must be for the benefit of all.
In my article, “Becoming the Best Version of You in 2022,” for the Winter 2022 issue of Be Well Magazine, I shared how the current evolutionary radical shift in human consciousness is calling for the establishment of new ways of having, doing, and being that are respectfully responsive to the New Age that has been born. As New Age entrepreneurs, I suggest that we eliminate the `Robber Barron’ business approach by first having our ultimate goal be the responsible and appropriate contribution of our gifts, talents, and genius to make our world better for everyone. Second, I suggest that we embrace a love-centered mentality and transform competition into connection, communion, and co-creation. Third, I suggest that we stop using the word “work” for nonfarm or manual labor, and instead use the phrase “contributing my gifts, talents and genius.”
The existence of a global economy means that there is an abundance of diverse customers, and the world-wide-web gives you access to more of them than you could ever need to be financially fit. Competition in this New Age is a sign of vacant self-esteem, not believing you are enough or able to value your uniqueness.
Competition requires you to compare yourself to someone or something that is not you, and the consequence is that you will always come up as less than.
So, instead of competing, go for connecting with like-minded people, with whom you can commune (authentically share thoughts and feelings), and co-create more than what you can do by yourself. As Carmen Ray, owner of Be Well Magazine effectively promotes, “Collaboration is the new currency!”
In closing, I want to emphasize that the paradigm shift I’m suggesting is essential for eliminating unethical and immoral business practiaces. I invite you to join me in this movement toward a better world by taking just one action to transform competition into connecting, communing, and co-creating. Identify someone you could see as a competitor, and instead of trying to beat them, set an intention to have an authentic conversation with them about how the two of you could benefit from a collaboration, or co-create something new. Remember, you are not working anymore. You are contributing your gifts, talents, and genius responsibly and appropriately to make the world better for everyone.
About Jojopahmaria Nsoroma
Jojopahmaria Nsoroma, owner and steward of Higher Expectations Consulting Collaborative, is a shamanic healer and innovator/influencer of human and organizational change. In addition to her organizational and professional development work, Jojopah also provides spiritual coaching and guidance to individuals, broadcasts a weekly internet radio program (Wisdom Walk Talk), is a YouTube influencer (Wisdom Walk to Self-Mastery), and an author, (Wisdom Walk to Self-Mastery: ancient wisdom for transforming pain). She currently resides in Santa Monica, CA where she can easily walk to the ocean, practice her skills as a classical pianist, and visit restored movie palaces in Hollywood. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org