Does this title have an impact on you? It did for me. If you are struggling to get out of bed in the mornings, chances are you are not passionate about what you are getting up to do. We get up far earlier than most of us would like, we fasten a tiny car to our backs, elbow and push our way down the road only to do a task for someone else which we aren’t that passionate about. Our entire lives are run by someone else’s clock. That scenario is true for many. Being part of the many is another way to say average. We never want to think of ourselves as average. We have this innate sense that we are unique and special and we are! So then why do we act like everybody else? We are told to go to school, get a degree, get a good paying job working for someone else and retire at an old age. We are taught to be workers bees. Ever think about that? We are taught to sit in rows, stay in line, keep our heads down and get to work, live life on the weekends and only to do it all over again, year after year.
Now, don’t misunderstand me. Order and structure are great things. Responsibility and discipline give us a framework to build on. I am not talking about those things. I am talking about going through the mindless motions of routine without questioning why we are doing it. Merely because somebody else set it up that way? Ever wonder why we aren’t taught to start a business? Why we aren’t taught about investments? The power of compound interest and economic leverage? Why aren’t we taught how to win friends and influence people? We are trained to get a job which automatically assumes we want to have a boss. Do you find that interesting?
The definition of the word employ is “to make use of” or “to use.” We are being used for something. In many cases for someone else’s purposes. It wasn’t always like this. One hundred years ago owning your own business was what people did. They put to use their skills, took the responsibility of failure and created. They made art. Art in terms of creating something or some service of value. Working for someone else was seen as a transitional thing on your way to business ownership.
Then things changed. The economy shifted. Predictability and avoiding the fear of failure were great selling points for people to flock into big boxes called factories and do repetitive things for a paycheck. And it worked, for a time. For an age. It even had a name. The industrial Age. It was a good thing, at the time. But times are changing. They have changed. The industrial age is gone, it’s dead. However, we are still being taught to live by the rules of the old age. Those who play by the rules from an old era will inevitably suffer in the new era.
Have you ever experienced a tense feeling you can’t explain? A stressful sensation that seems to come out of nowhere? A sensation that can’t be explained by economic or relational issues? Something that transcends the temporal things of life? More than likely you have a job or perform a task that keeps you indoors for long periods of time. That sensation is the result of our instincts, our primal mind. The inner fight we have to survive and thrive. Our ancient instincts tell us that when we cannot see the Sun, feel the wind, see the trees and fields, hear the sound of water, feel the Earth, our instincts tell us we are in a bad place. A place with no life. We feel stress because our bodies think we are captured. We are stuck. Are we?
Many are taught that if they don’t have the cash, just finance it. Go into debt. We sell our future productivity for a current convenience. And the system supports this idea too. We feel the pressure to get that degree and the next degree because that’s what the job place requires. We stack on “I owe you’s” with the hope of a day when we pay it all back. Then the car dealers tell us we need ”reliable” transportation. They market to us the picture of success is in what you drive. So we sign the dotted line for that. Then comes the home. An apartment or rent house isn’t enough. You must “own”. Which, by the way, in most cases is really a rent to own scenario from the banks. So we don’t do like our great grandparents who saved and pinched to make that purchase, we sign the dotted line. We become constrained more and more with the weight of debt to portray the facade of success. So we can’t afford to take on the responsibility of failure. We need that “job” even if it is not our passion, our purpose. We are captured. We are stuck.
So what do we do? What can we do? We are infinitely resourceful. Infinitely creative. You can start today by digging out of your mess. Start by asking yourself questions.
Who are you? Become who you are not who you’ve been. Strive to become a person of value. Invest in yourself with true education. Self-education that teaches the principles of success. That’s all they are really. Principles. Principles can be learned.
Can you stop signing? Stop playing into the hand of those with the nets. Cut yourself free from debt as soon as you can, even if it’s a little at a time. Learn to breath.
What’s your passion? What makes you come alive? Maybe you can’t make an income from what you love right now but actively engaging in your passions will bring out your creativity. It will show you ways you can bring in other income.
Do you want responsibility? Responsibility of failure. Responsibility for your own time. Responsibility to determine your own financial gain? Build an income stream. With the power of social media and the internet, there is no reason why any of us can’t be in business for ourselves. Whether it’s collaborating with a group of entrepreneurs like I am or doing it on your own, we must become entrepreneurs. The options are endless, especially online. Billions of dollars flow daily through the internet. The game has changed. Internet commerce is where the economy is at. Choose a path that gets you a piece of the action and gets that ongoing, background income. I’ve chosen Bonvera as the funnel to capture some of that revenue for myself. I would recommend taking a look at it and see if it’s a fit. Whatever you choose, the point is to choose. Find a system that fits or create one. Seek out a mentor. Someone who has the results you want and learn from them. You have the mind, the instincts and now the power to choose. We don’t have to be slaves to a system anymore. You can do it! We can do it!
Far too many people have no idea of what they can do because all they have been told is what they can’t do. ~ Zig Ziglar
There is beauty in everything. Sometimes we just need to look for it. Sometimes outside. Sometimes within. How you see the world is a reflection of how you see yourself. See the beauty in yourself and soon you will see the beauty in this world and in other people. We are all riding on this beautiful blue marble. There is only one race.. human. Teach yourself how to see.
I enjoy reading and listening to Seth Godin. He is a thought leader in the new economy. Here is a great blog post on the importance of freedom and responsibility.
“It is not necessary for a man to be actively bad in order to make a failure in life; simple inaction will accomplish it. Nature has everywhere written her protest against idleness; everything which ceases to struggle, which remains inactive, rapidly deteriorates. It is the struggle toward an ideal, the constant effort to get higher and further, which develops manhood and character.” –James Terry White