A magazine that I find inspiring is Fast Company. It’s a progressive magazine that focuses on people and businesses that are changing our future by busting through traditional thinking models with creative innovations in technology, leadership and design.
A few months ago, FC made some predictions, two of which stood out to me because of their impact on those of us whose business is therapeutic touch.
Prediction #1: Mission Will Trump Money
For decades, economists have promoted financial incentives as what drives business; statements such as, What’s measured is what matters; Competition breeds excellence; You get what you pay for. As logical as those tenants may once have been, it turns out they’re not working for us anymore! No kidding.
Real-world studies show that having a purpose associated with work produces better performance than pure financial reward. These studies revealed that the next generation of workers expects to be engaged in their jobs for more reasons than just financial. (I’d argue that some of us in this generation already expect that.)
I’m happy to say that mission has always trumped when it’s come to how I spend my days. I may not be rich (monetarily), but I am living a life with purpose and one that brings me joy.
Prediction #2: Human Empathy Will Be Central
As computer learning and artificial intelligence insinuate themselves more deeply into our lives, the need for human-to-human, face-to-face contact grows.
The studies showed that listening with the intent to understand and responding with empathy are moving from the counselor’s couch to business offices.
No matter what our line of work is – whether selling real estate, repairing automobile damages or giving reflexology sessions – we can all stand to listen and respond with more sensitivity.
Business is recognizing that the one arena that will never be usurped by technology is human-to-human communication.
And that, my friends, is good news for those of us working within the healing art of touch. More and more, our work is crucial to balance the high-tech world we live in. Time to step up to the plate and give the world your all! Let people know the important role you and reflexology can play in their lives.