Do you really want to work your whole life for a company that does not give a shit about you? Sadly most of us are just a number. You might sacrifice your evenings, weekends or vacation time just so you feel more secure. You’ll miss moments in life… for work. Then in a second they’ll lay you off without even hesitating. It’s happened before and will continue to happen again and again.
Just from this week…
- Citigroup Stock (C) Jumps After 11,000 Layoffs Announced
- Planned Layoffs Hit Highest Level Since May
- Wall Street Cuts Jobs As New York Shrugs: Street Whispers
- Deals Site Living Social Cuts 400 Jobs Worldwide
- Defense Industry Cuts Exceed 500,000 Workers Over Cliff
I know that not every job is like that. Some people have careers in fields they’re passionate about and wake up every day excited to go to work. Their employers care about their well being. But really how many people do you know that actually are working in their “dream job”?
Whether you’re employed now or just starting to hit the market, you need to ask yourself, “Will this job satisfy my interests?”
When is the last time you thought about your own interests? We usually blow them off and take a job because of the money, the false cloud of security and benefits. Push off the dreams for later, they can wait until I have more money. It doesn’t work like that because once you settle into the worker drone routine, it’s hard to break out.
Here’s the truth…
Institutions and security will kill your drive.
You’ll work for someone who doesn’t know how to manage people and get your ideas squashed before they even have a chance to be heard. Don’t blame them though because there’s a reason they don’t care. They started out just like you, got promoted and did the same thing their old shitty boss did because no one really cares about the work.
The money you earn will go towards your rent, credit card bills, student loans and a couple nice things. Once you save up enough money, you’ll drop it into a new car or down payment on a house to assume more debt. The check is nice, day to day is bearable so you go on and on and on. The dreams that you had are gone as you’d rather find safety in security and reality tv.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
It’s hard to love your work when you don’t know what you love. Worse if you have no experience (how to get experience). **There’s going to be a time in the beginning of your career where you will have to embrace the suck. **Again some people may get lucky, but most of us it’s the opposite. You should be reading and listening to everything, expand your mind and learn as much as you can. Autobiography’s are a great resource for insight into how the rich people acquired their wealth. Almost all of them embraced the suck early on in one entry level position or another.
Don’t get locked in. Being in that position should push you to work harder to finding something that meets your interests. It can also serve as an experience to find out what you like, don’t like and more about yourself.
A couple of things that I learned about myself from working shitty jobs / internships.
- I hate commuting
- I hate cold calls
- I hate deceiving people
- I hate when my ideas aren’t heard
- I hate people who don’t tip
On my own I started to learn more about online marketing and blogging. I applied to a virtual internship at GiftCardRescue.com where I was creating online content and doing some beginner link building. My opinions were heard directly by the boss. I took the risk of transferring schools to pursue the full-time offer and it paid off. I was in a position where I was learning and doing the things I wanted, so I knew that even if the company tanked it would have been worth it.
To be successful and happy you need to find a job that can satisfy your personal interest as well as the businesses. There are a lot of miserable but very successful people out there. Being miserable is no way to go through life.
Interests usually fall into three categories.
- Basics (salary, hours, benefits)
- Personal (do I love the work, feel good, culture)
- Professional (skill development, network, advancement)
I can’t pick your interests for you. Some of you will choose money and security over following your dreams. It’s not a bad life to live and you’re going to live a higher standard of life than most of the world. But giving up on something you love that you haven’t even explored is a tragedy.
There are so many things I want to do in life like travel the world, film a documentary (no idea how) and become a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion. Right now I’m “moonlighting” (putting in the hours after work) my startup. We’re doing some incredible things in the healthcare space at my day job, but it’s not something I am overly passionate about. It’s a means to an end.
Here are a few things that I’ve learned about my interests, jobs and starting a business.
- Smart people work so they can fund their own business
- Your friends will think you’re weird and won’t understand you
- Eventually being different and taking risks will earn you respect
- Loving what you do will change your entire outlook on life
- Don’t quit your job unless your startup can support you
If you’re reading this now then you already have the initiative and drive…. it’s up to you to make it happen. Subscribe to my newsletter below and I’ll keep posting more and more about lifestyle design and starting a business.
Note: I know that the beginning of this post sounds like an angry tirade… it was supposed to.
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