The era of a companies taking care of employees for life is over. According to tech entrepreneur Maynard Webb, the new norm allows individuals more opportunities to succeed but requires them to control their own destinies by putting themselves more at : Big Think here:YouTube: : : - Ive always been an underdog and Ive never been willing to let anybody tell me I couldnt do anything that I wanted to do. So Ive always enjoyed taking on challenges that a lot of other people wanted to run away from and found a way to do them even when I was under qualified for them. I grew up in the paternalistic era of companies. I was with a very great company called IBM and a good piece of that is as long as you perform you have a job for life which most people dont have anymore. And, you know, when you had babies they would send you a silver spoon with the babys name on it and you have great benefits and its very safe and it was all about putting the company first and moving wherever they told you to go. Because as long as you did what was right for the company everything worked. That is long gone because most companies dont last a lifetime anymore and were in a much more entrepreneurial global era where people need to move faster and things change with much more frequency. Whats cool about that is theres a lot more opportunity but you have to put yourself first and be in control of your own destiny because no one company can take care of you your whole youre a great leader you always put your people first and understand where theyre intended to go and you help them grow even if it means leaving your employ. Theres not enough talent in the world. We all have openings wed like to fill. And I think our job as executives is to make sure we grow that talent base to fill those great jobs people would like to have. I think every employee and every person needs to know where they fit and what are their unique talents and what are their unique skills. What would they love to do and they need to take a real assessment of how capable are they at this stage of their life in doing what theyd like to do. And then if that assessment doesnt lead to a result that youre happy with then you need to make some changes, pick up some additional skills, do something you love a little bit more to be able to get to someplace that youre in a happier spot.