“The most dangerous risk of all: the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later”
Hate your job? WHY ARE YOU THERE???
Because you’re comfortable enough. It’s not a big deal (except it is), it’s not entirely your fault (except… technically it is, but we’ll get to that later), it’s not even abnormal.
See, as humans, we have a physical brain and DNA. These physiological components of who we are determine our actions an thoughts to a large degree. Hunger drives you to eat. Fatigue drives you to sleep. Drugs make you dance (ok, not really, it’s physiologically the same — chemicals making you think feel and behave differently).
So what does being comfortable have to do with hating your job? Well, the fact is, YOU aren’t comfortable, your DNA is comfortable. Your DNA knows when you’re fed, sheltered, replicating, and safe. Since those are the main things it looks out for, once they’re taken care of? Shut down. Taxi mode. Go in safe little circles because that’s a survivable situation (proven). TAKE A RISK??? ARE YOU CRAZY??? Nooo, nooo, maybe later, for now enjoy that organic twinkie and get some rest, you want to have enough energy to go to the office and make sure the bosses get that important TPS report for the annual meeting.
Because that matters to your soul. That fulfills you and makes you feel satisfied. Ummmmmmm….. NOT.
OK — to quote a great man,
“There is a system of life in this world, created by man. You can either complain about the system, use it to your advantage, or create a new one.” -JL
So if you loathe going to your job, but you need it to pay the rent, obviously, keep your job. But don’t be complacent with your job. Know that it’s not your endgame. If you don’t have an endgame, or a goal, GET ONE. Start brewing it in your mind every day. You’ll probably have no idea where to go with it. That’s good. Keep it in your mind. Keep wanting it. Ask for it. Before you know it — things will start to show up in your life that “seem” like they lead toward your goal. You can brush these things off, but if you don’t go for anything you’ll never get anything. So pursue those things that seem coincidental. (They are, but really not — topic for another day)
Steve Jobs put it well (and was definitely a guy to follow his gut NO MATTER WHAT):
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward—you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.”
–Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Adress, 2005
If you don’t aim for something, you’ll hit anything. And there’s a lot of shit out there to hit. So at least vaguely shoot for something good.
The world hasn’t beaten you, if you’re in a shitty job– it’s waiting for you to take action towards the things you want, FEARLESSLY. The guy who won’t do something because he’s not sure it will work? That guy is a loser. He’ll never accomplish anything because he’s not willing to risk anything (even something as petty as his own ego).
Go. Do. Be. Have.
Then again, if you’re happy playing your Xbox at night, drinking with friends, by all means, do that!! Everyone has different dreams. Everyone has something different that makes them tick.
Whatever that is for you, go do it (or just THINK about doing it, seriously) for 60 seconds. 5 minutes. An hour. Go do it for the rest of your life — find a way to make it work, or you’ve commit to a life you don’t really give a shit about. It’s easier than you think to do what you love.
GO DO SOMETHING AWESOME!
Maybe pick something from the video below, and commit yourself to doing it within a year. Why not? Just do it.
Keep it rockin,