I have thought about writing a book of poetry for along time now. Well today’s the day! Check it out! https://www.amazon.com/Poems-Your-Journey-Adrian-DeLeon/dp/153481714X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469556581&sr=8-1&keywords=poems+for+your+journey
Work, work, work, work, Weekend! Work, work , work work, Weekend! Does this sound familiar? Many live life but on the weekends. Every other day is spent going through the motions to get to the next weekend. The few hours where they can be themselves and pursue passions they have been longing to do.
Recently a company I know of asked it’s employees to go to a 4 day work week at 10 hours per day and they would get Friday’s off. The company of 350 employees had a 96% approval rating from the poll given to the employees. A telling sign that the majority live life on the weekend. The employees add 2 extra hours to their work day. For those that live life on the weekend that sounds like a great setup but for those who live daily the “extra” day isn’t worth it. So the “weekenders” are commuting an average of an hour to work, working 10 hours plus a half hour lunch, then commuting an hour back and putting it on repeat. So they burn themselves out during the week to have a glimpse of that weekend freedom. By the time they get to Friday they spend half the day trying to recover.
What if we lived our life like it as just that, OUR life. Our life comes to us a day at a time. We can’t live yesterday and we can’t live tomorrow. We can only live now. Our lives are truly short in respect to time. There is only so much time we get to use. Most have to work to pay for their life style. Many have bought into the sales pitch of car debt, home debt, student loan debt and on and on. So they settle for meaningless occupations for a paycheck they forward to their creditors. It isn’t supposed to be this way.
Discover your passions. The ones you had before the world beat you up. Rather than sell part of your evening to gain a Friday or rather then waste time watching shows in the evening, use that time to invest in yourself. Read from good books daily. Get online and find ways to create back ground income. Create an online presence to market your talents and gifts. Learn from those who have the lifestyle you want. There are plenty of videos from great thinkers that are at our finger tips. There is a way to get your time back. If it’s your passions you want then you have to pursue them but if it’s only a Friday you want then go ahead and take the apple.
Can you believe how old you are now? Seems like just yesterday you were running barefoot through the yard , jumping on the bed when mom wasn’t watching or having that crush you were to shy to talk to. Somewhere between then and now the time passed. We used to wish we were older, now we find ourselves wishing we were younger. When we’re young we feel older and when we’re older we feel young. It seems that between the ages of fourteen and twenty our physical age aligns with the age of our soul. Probably closer to fourteen for most guys. The age of our soul, the age we tend to feel, mentally, our inner selves. Not the time that has passed on this physical body but how we sense our inner selves. That spark that gave us moments of maturity as a child and that vitality we feel even though we are aging on the outside, that is our soul. That energy is our true age. We are borrowing these aging bodies but our soul is ever green. We are forever young when we learn to let ourselves feel our true age.
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.