I was reading the book, The Charge, this week by Brendon Burchard and enjoyed a point he made I would like to share with you. Years ago, for our work, we created. We owned our work from start to finish. A farmer would plant seeds, cultivate, then harvest his crops. An artisan or craftsman would gather the raw materials he needed, put them together, fashion them into something, maybe a pair of shoes, and be proud of what he created.
Then the industrial revolution came along and we become efficient and more productive. It worked! Assembly lines and project teams came together. We are cranking out enormous amounts of work but now we all share only a small piece of the whole. The problem is that as individuals we don't feel like we own it. In the process of gaining productivity we have lost our ownership and creativity.
You can still have it! Be aware of what is happening. Take ownership of projects. Create ideas and carry them through to completion. Be a 21st century artisan. You can exist in a corporate environment. Just don't let a corporate machine steal your soul.