Rule #1: Don’t Ambush Your Friends with Your Work

My friend, Robert, who was entering into a new career, asked me if I would help him with his speech presentation. We set up a meeting. When I arrived, I found he had brought another friend with him, Chris. Not only was this his friend, but also it was his sponsor in a new MLM (multi-level marketing) company he was joining.

The presentation Robert needed help with involved his health, and what had led him to this health product that he was so passionate about, and was now selling. But first, they came to persuade me to join them.

You are such a passionate speaker, Ruth. You could easily make five or six figures.” Chris said.

I am more than willing to help Robert with his presentation. I can help him be passionate and persuasive. But,” I added, “You mustn’t try to sell me your business.”

But think of the possibilities.” Chris was starting to show signs of embarrassment. “Why wouldn’t you use your powers for good?”

Because this is YOUR passion. Not mine.” I clarified.

What is your passion, Ruth?” Chris asked, and both men stared at me across the table. They had a forward—if not persuasive—technique here. But I’ve got my answer.

I have been an integral part of the Work Revolution for the past 30 years. Imagine a world where people love to get up in the morning and their work is a positive and healthy part of their life and livelihood. What if the rules that have formed our livelihoods changed dramatically?

I am passionate about making that happen.

Robert and Chris nod. After all, that is what the very company they represent is promoting.

What does it really mean to have a work revolution?

It means

  • That people are valued for what they bring to the table in real and practical ways.
  • An equitable sharing of wealth.
  • The end of the concept of “work / life balance.” 
  • A healthy life with all its parts. It means trust and respect, leading and following.

I spend my days talking about—and helping others to be bold about—changing the rules. Eliminating the ones that don’t make sense. Inserting new ones that support our humanity. That is why I am writing this long forward, to share this TedTalk with Brazilian businessman Ricardo Semier.

Viva la Work Revolution


Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .