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Working Hard…and Hardly Working (EP028)

January 27, 2017

Welcome back to the latest episode of The Future STIR!

Has the concept of work/life balance become obsolete? This week, Ben & Greg take a look at the seeming paradox of INTEGRATING our work lives and our personal lives. As technology (and our lifestyles) continue to evolve, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to create the traditional compartments of time we spend working and the time we spend living our personal lives. Obviously this shift has both its benefits and drawbacks, and Greg & Ben spend some time exploring the ways work/life integration can bring new levels of freedom to be engaged in both in ways never before available to older generations of workers.

Part and parcel of this evolution of entrepreneurship and the ways in which new social platforms make it easier than ever for people to start up new kinds of businesses as a (using Ben’s words) “side hustle” that can eventually become their primary source of income.

Ben & Greg also spend time in this episode talking about the “gig economy” and the ways companies like Air BnB, Lyft and Uber have created new opportunities for people to make money on a transactional basis with total flexibility in terms of their time commitment to it.

In short, it’s a bold new world of work, and The Future STIR hopefully helps you make greater sense of what’s going on…and what it means for the future.

In their buzz worthy hot topics, Greg shares the latest patent from Amazon to create “drone swarms” to create greater flexibility in terms of the size of products Amazon will ultimately be able to deliver using their drone delivery service. Wondering what that all means? Check this out:


Maybe Pixar had a jumpstart on this idea?


Ben waxes poetic about the Tim Ferris’ fascinating new book: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers.

Articles and Links:

Why I Choose to Integrate Work & Life, Not Balance It (The Muse)

Forget Work-Life Balance. Try Work-Life Integration (

Tracking the Gig Economy (Brookings Institution)

The ‘gig economy’ is growing. And now we know by how much (CNBC)

Tools of Titans – A Sample Chapter (Tim Ferris Blog)

Amazon Plans MEGA Drones (Daily Mail UK)

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