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The Reinvention of Work – My Dad was wrong

26 Jun I love my job
No, my dad is not Yoda, but he is old, so that counts

No, my dad is not Yoda, but he is old, so that counts

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:

Work.
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 youRobert 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?
    I love what I do
    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.

 

work in progress

 

 

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This post is part of the Elance Blogathon.
Check them out on www.elance.com

Big thanks to The Common Room in Parkhurst for hosting the event

 

Three things that make South Africa better in 2014

24 Jun Photo by Justin Lee.

Photo: Heleen van de VenLet’s face it, South Africa has it’s fair share of shit. More than that even.

We have a ridiculous president who -if rumours are to be true- recently realised that showering does not (as he believed) prevent AIDS. One of our country’s more prominent cities has a councillor effectively inciting violence and racial divide, and nothing is done about it. I had to endure a party the other night where almost everyone (older white folk) claimed to be liberal and non-racist, yet the word kaffir flew around for every occasion where they thought it could be used (“I am kaffir-drunk” seemed to be one of their favourites).

Chalk Outline MurderEverything is not political though. Just this morning, I read about a man who got beaten to death by 4 guys ad 2 girls in Spur (in my home town nogal) for allegedly throwing a glass at them. This made me wonder about a few things. Firstly, did the guy not realise that spillage is downage, and boy, he got downed. After I stopped being unsuitably ridiculous, I thought about how bad is must be to beaten to death in a place you trust. You take your family to it. You eat ribs and get sparklers on your ice cream when you pretend it’s your birthday… and now you die there.

So yes, there’s a lot of fucked up things going on in our beloved country.

BUT…

Granger Bay, Cape Town - By Justin LeeLook on the bright side, EVERYTHING is not bad. We are still one of the prettiest and most diverse countries in the world. A LOT of people have moved past racial discrimination and now adhere to the more internationally acceptable discrimination based on wealth and power. If all else fails, at least we provide stunning material for comedians everywhere.

After thinking of all these depressing things, I thought of 3 things that I personally look forward to this year. There are many, many more, but these are the ones currently on my mind:

  • Oppikoppi
    Surely South Africa’s most well known music festival is celebrating their 20th birthday this year August.
    The local line-up of bands is looking brilliant, and on the international front I almost wet myself when I heard that Wolfmother will be gracing us with their presence .
    The theme for 2014 is Odyssey, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store for us on the Northam farm.
    I look forward to a few days of dust, music, friends and the type of memories you only make at the best party any animal can hope for!
    Oppikoppi - Photo by Mike Schmucker, design by Jean Lombard
  • Mieliepop
    If you have not yet heard of Mieliepop, let me introduce you.
    Mieliepop is one of South Africa’s most beautiful little music festivals, about 60km from Ermelo in Mpumalanga. At roughly 2000 people, it clocks in at a tenth the size of Oppikoppi, but make no mistake… This is an awesome event. Clean, green and with muso’s that will blow your mind. This year there will be not one, but two stages as well as the ever-exhilarating after-parties in the cave. Yes, there’s a cave, and we party in it.
    Do yourself a favour, check this one out in October.
    Mieliepop Night Skies
  • Foo Fighters
    Holy smokes, the internetworld has been going crazy after hearing yesterday that Foo Fighters will be visiting South Africa in December. I literally let out a tear and a tiny orgasm. Tickets go on sale 1 day 19 hours and 39 minutes from now (as I am sitting here typing this), but you may think of it as Thursday 26 June 9:00.
    If I could get to party with Dave and the gang, I can just as well go to Spur and start flinging glasses around. I’ll go in peace.


There you have it.
Three of my reasons why 2014 is certainly NOT shit for South Africa.
What are your reasons to be happy and stay motivated amidst all the crap around us?
Let me know, and you might just help someone else realise that life is really not that bad…

 

I am a bad, bad man

16 Jun

STRAB Music Festival in MozambiqueYes I am.

I promised the world, and even more importantly myself, that I would blog more this year.
Not more nonsense (necessarily), just more regularly. But noooo, real life had to come and kick me in the schedules.

Wonder Woman likes meSo far this year my life has been a roller-coaster of hard work, fun work, music festivals, new experiences and theft.
This all made me lose a few phones, a lot of time, some parties and generally speaking some awesome blogging opportunities.
I do have a plan though… The friendly boys at Music Connection was nice enough to lend me an awesome Zoom H1 recording mic, so expect some more podcasts to fly your way.

I like podcasts. Not only do you get to experience more of the emotion behind the info, but you can multitask while doing it.

So here’s the deal, as soon as I return from the birthday party at Ridgeback today, and finished the paperwork I have to do, and find the cable to plug into the mic to download the latest recording… I will post a chat I had with the guys from Ontnugterd.

Till then, stay as classy as you can. Or don’t.

 

Geko Divers Teambuilding

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