Motivation. Everyone has a reason or motivation for every action that they take, from the time that they are birthed into this world to the time that they go to sleep for the very last time. We eat food with the motivation of satisfying our hunger. We exercise with the motivation of being healthy or fit. We go to the bathroom so we don’t shit our pants in public. I know a guy. My point is that every human action that has ever occurred has some sort of motivation.
The same precedent stands when it comes to our careers. People become doctors because they want to save lives (and earn a fat paycheck while they do so). Others become chefs because they have a passion for the culinary arts. Some people just take a job simply because they need a job. Not everyone has access to a good education and work very shitty jobs, quite admirably I may say, to provide a future for the ones that they love. I could not respect those people more.
Well, tell me if you’ve ever heard this one. “Looks good on the resume,” as in the person in question took the job that they are currently in simply to build upon their resume. It’s one that I hear all the time.
You know what I hear when someone says that?
I hear someone who is so focused on the future that they are willing to sacrifice an unbenknown amount of time in the present. If you keep your head down and keep on chugging, you are going to lift it up one day and wonder where the last 20 years went. Older people always say that youth is wasted on the young and for the most part I could not agree more. Everyone is in such a hurry to enjoy life in retirement that they don’t stop to smell the roses on their way there.
If I have learned anything in my 25 years on this planet, at this current juncture in human technology, it is that YOU CANNOT BUY BACK TIME, no matter how much money you have. Jeff Bezos, the richest man who has ever lived, cannot afford to buy 1 second back any more than a dishwasher at Applebees. Please start living in the present.
“When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.” – Alanis Obomsawin
I hear someone who is completely dispassionate about the hours 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Think about it like this. There are 168 hours in a 7 day week. We are awake for about ⅔ of those hours, so we are up and at it for around 112 hours per week. Most people work around 40-45 hours per week. That means that if you are displeased with the time that you spend at work, you are miserable for almost HALF of your awake life. Let that sink in. You’ve chosen to trade a paycheck and/or the possible promise of a higher paycheck at some point in the future for enjoying almost half of your actionable life. When you put it in those terms, HOW FUCKING CRAZY DOES THAT SOUND!? It’s insane.
That being said, it seems to be the norm in today’s world, at least the world that I come from. People I know will read this, well if anyone I know actually reads this, they would say well you need to sacrifice to get to where you want to be in life. That is absolutely true, but prioritizing what you sacrifice and how much goes a long way. Time is the one commodity that you can spend in order to receive something, but there is nothing you can spend to get it back. So if you do choose to sacrifice time, and I mean that as in sacrifice time away from the people that you love or care about, then at least spend that time doing something that you are passionate about.
I hear someone who has been so tainted by the mass-population thinking of this world that they have lost sight of what they truly want to be, or have decided to stop looking for it. When you were a child, if someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grow up, did you mention ANYTHING that has to do with a resume or a paycheck? Would you have answered that question according to a piece of paper? Have you ever wondered why everything is so simple to children? Their sole focus is not the next job or where they could be if they do this or that. Their sole focus is to be happy on a daily basis, and that’s it. How incredible is that? Children live in the moment and there is something to be said about just how beautiful that is. The pursuit of happiness is not just a movie or a song. It’s something that that should be at least a priority to everyone on this earth.
So go get lost in some thought today. Turn off your phone. Turn off the tv. Sit in silence and delve deep into your mind and your soul. What is your true motivation for everything that you do on a daily basis? If the answer is money and stops at money, I suggest that you reprioritize what is important to you.
ALL OF THAT BEING SAID, I understand that there are people out there that are working a job that gives them the experience that they need for their dream job. I am not talking to you. I am talking to many people that I know and many that everyone knows. I am talking to the people who do it for the paycheck, the people that have stopped looking for their place in this world, the people that have settled because that is what the world has told them is the blueprint.
I leave you with this word of advice. There is no blueprint.
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