My dad is a wise man. He knows a lot and has impressed a great many people with his skill in his chosen profession.
He has answers to questions bizarre, and insight to match.
He is, for all practical purposes, a genius.
In one very important aspect however, my dad was wrong:
What is it, how do we do it and what should a responsible man’s work-life look like.
As a student of generational studies, I can meander into the dangerous territory of attempting to explain my father’s perspective by justifying his views based on his age, upbringing and various other factors. That however is way too boring, and I’ll leave for the professionals.
I would much rather like to invite you on a thought-adventure, a challenging epic of sorts, where you might get to re-evaluate how you see work, and indeed life itself.
As with any type of adventure, you’ll be faced with obstacles. Seeing as I am the purveyor of this adventure, I will set these mind-hurdles for you:
- I work hard for my money
The common misconception here is firstly that you work for your money.
Yes, you do earn money for the job you do, service you offer or investment you make… but for no moment think that you work for your money. Your money works for you. Robert Kiyosaki’s book, Rich Dad Poor Dad is the perfect example of how we need a foundation-shaking remodeling of our work-related mindsets. If you have not yet read it, I would strongly suggest you do so.
My dad: “I know work is tough son, but you need to work so that you have money”
Me: “Money is but one of the means enabling me to do my work
- Mondays suck
You have inevitably stumbled upon the quote “Find a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”
Firstly, a side-note: Stop trying to attribute it to someone. I’ve heard everything from Confucius to Mark Twain to Einstein heralded as the author of this seemingly awesome pearl of wisdom.
“Seemingly?” I hear you ask. Yes, seemingly, for it is not true. You see, you still sit with the mindset that living is chore that you must find a way not to hate. I propose to you that once you find a happy lifestyle (and not a job) you will be able to make a living based on what makes you happy, as opposed to searching for joy in your menial existence.
My dad: “I can’t wait for the weekend”
Me: “Oh, it’s Monday? Didn’t notice…”
- Prostitution is wrong… or is it?
The act of prostitution can (in my dictionary), be described as “selling pleasure for profit”.
Living in the age we do, we have at our disposal a horde of options when it comes to career choices. You can turn almost any hobby into something profitable. I did it, and it is awesome!
You see, we have the unprecedented advantage of living in a world we can be more than our parents ever hoped to be.
My dad: “Do something established, like teaching”
Me: “I see a need, and provide an answer. Sometimes, the other way round”
Above you encountered but a few of the hurdles posed by thinking about work in the traditional sense of the word.
In fact, if thought was food, I have merely served hors d’oeuvres. We haven’t reached the main course and I didn’t even order the fruit platter. I do however believe you have enough to, as it is, chew over…
Now, I can already hear your rebuttal, so let me answer you as best I can:
Yes, we will always need people who work. We need those who sweat day in and day out, we need those who brain things out, we need every profession that we currently have on this planet… and more.
The question is, do YOU need IT? And inversely, does IT need YOU?
If you love your 8-5, please do not feel the need to change what you do simply to be part of a new generation. You are already there. However, if you hate your life simply because of the work you do, maybe it is time to reinvent YOUR paradigm of what work IS.
This is an individual journey, so I cannot possibly tell you WHAT to change or even accurately HOW to.
I can simply encourage you to take a look around, and then inside yourself, and follow the journey your heart takes you on.
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