I meet more and more people who consider themselves as Global Citizen.
Because we have traveled more than our parents and grand-parents ever did,
Because we have called “home” countries that are not ours (officially),
Because we fell in love with someone from a different culture, and are building multilingual/culutural families surrounded with friends from different nations,
Because when someone asks “where are you from?”, we need to think for a short while before starting toexplain. (Usually, it sounds like “originally […] but […] and now […]”.. !)
I am proud to be a Global Citizen. I even created my own job in order to support this lifestyle (that often do not “fit” into traditional career opportunities). I have been a consultant for impact-focused entrepreneurs since 2014, and I have noticed that all my clients – and most of the aspiring social entrepreneurs in Creators for Good community – are global citizens too!
In this article, I explore the correlation between being a Global Citizen, and becoming an entrepreneur to have an impact on the world.
THE AGE OF GLOBAL CITIZEN
We are in the century of globalization. And in the age of global citizenship.
Globalization often has a pejorative meaning when it comes to business – with giant heartless corporations driven by profit at the expense of people and planet.
However, it is rather considered positive when it comes to individuals. Associated with great qualities & values such as open-minded, tolerant, adaptable, curious, positive and creative.
With air-travel becoming mainstream, language barriers becoming less and less of a burden, and globalized media making everyone more and more aware/curious about the various ways of life in different parts of the planet – people don’t only travel during their holidays or for business trips anymore.
Living abroad is becoming a way of life. Being a Global Citizen is a new identity statement. And as life-styles are shifting, work has a new importance too.
THE NEED FOR MEANING IN CAREER AND LIFE
The age where people wanted to “have a good job” in order to afford “having a good life” is vanishing. Work is no longer only a way to make a living and have a status in the society, it is part of one’s lifestyle.
We do not want to shape our life around our work anymore, but our work around our lifestyle, values, and personality.
Don’t get me wrong: work still is a priority – as much as it was a generation ago. Actually, people want more and more from their work!
We want to be passionate,
We want to be fulfilled,
We want to be useful as individual,
We want to have a positive impact around us,
We want to matter.
Global citizenship lifestyle shapes new career aspirations. A generation who want to be free to live wherever they want, be passionate by their work, and have an impact in the world.
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