You wake up early. You have to shower and groom yourself. You gotta get dressed. All before 7am. You gotta fight the traffic and the weather to get to a place. You stay there and you work. You’re there to contribute your time and energy on something for someone. Someone is taking your effort and putting it towards achieving something. They are using you for profit. In return, you get a steady paycheck. So you can fight traffic and get home, and then sit and watch tv and eat and attempt to enjoy your life by entertaining yourself… all in an effort to restart the same day over and over.
This is life for 80% of people. What’s mind boggling is that when people loose this perceived stability, they get upset. (I’m part of this group btw) They seek to fix the situation. They look for another job. Another reason to repeat their daily routine.
The question I often wonder about is - what if you put the same energy on building something for yourself? No, it’s not for everyone, but it is for some people. What if you take all that effort and energy and put it towards your own projects? What would happen? What if you do it and get all the benefit and glory? What if you collect the fruits of your labor?
Whats amazing is that knowing this, it’s more comfortable to do the other thing. It feels safer to stay at the job and work for someone and do the routine. As Seth Godin says - what used to be safe isn’t safe anymore. It’s time to wake up. It’s time to channel our energy and think about the real future. Future work won’t be the same work that you see today (or what was there in the past). Future work will be different. It’s time to realize it. It’s time to grab your future by the horns.
This series of content is a small experiment. I pledged to create a piece of content on my site for the next 365 days. You can read the opening post here. The posts aren’t limited to thoughts or ideas, they’re really just a way for me to create original content. If you got any feedback/questions, please reach out. Thanks for looking.
Dmitry N. Rusakov