Ever since the labor work had dominated our careers, everyone is so excited to finally work for a company, earn fortune and buy those dream stuffs that you have on your list. Cool! Maybe you can save up and buy out a new car or finally go to that dream land you’ve been wanting ever since. Its good that our jobs provide us the money we need however is money really the motivation why you work? Is your college degree tailored only to make you an employee for the rest of your life?
Think of it this way. If you remove money out of the picture, are you still willing to work for your company? Will you continuously seek for growth? Do you still believe in your company’s vision? If you can’t, it means you don’t have the right mindset. Sure, we need money to sustain our living but is your motivation positioned towards the bigger picture?
A lot of people are so obsessed by money that they forgot about their passion. Some are willing to give up their craft just to work for a high-paying job they never liked and act entitled to it (e.g. You are a passionate artist but instead took a high-paying consultancy job you don’t like). People need to realize that their self-worth is not on how much they earn and they should learn to respect people by who they are.
These days, people work for money only to live its default pattern for the rest of their lives. Shell out a fraction to pay bills, daily expenses, retirement and use the remaining out of luxury. The truth is they aren’t aware that they’re stuck on a retirement deadlock meaning, they do the same thing over and over again until they retire. This culture is a safe-haven for those who are afraid to take risks. People time-in and time-out only to realize that they’re only wasting time in repeating this pattern.
We only have 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Soon you’ll realize it’s been 5 years yet not much has happened. If you happen to sleep 6 hours, collectively commute for 3 hours, work for 9 hours and have a grace period of eating, bathing, tooth brushing, etc for 2 hours, that leaves you with 4 hours left with your real free time on a weekday. If you’ll use those time on shopping and buy stuff you don’t need, you’ll then realize you have no money left and impatiently wait for payday. Let’s say you did use this for studying something new, is it going to be consistent? Maybe you could have a new routine when you felt like its boring or suddenly lost your motivation along the way. In a weekend, you’ll likely use use it for de-stressing such as working out, celebrating reunions, etc. Here goes again the pattern, repeat the cycle until you retire. I’m not saying that this is a permanent pattern but definitely there’s a time where you’ll do differently. As you’ll notice, the advancement to your career and personal growth has stagnated to a point that you never trained yourself to deal with more challenging situations. As an end-result, people get clueless whenever they encounter something complicating.
Conventionally speaking, this is the truth. We all have to wake up from this reality and try to step out of our comfort zone. People need to learn to take risks and stop making excuses. I’m not saying it’s bad to have a stable job but there is more to life than just a 9-5 work. Creativity is a way to break the status quo. Every person has the gift of creativity but how do you unleash it? A typical 9-5 job may not help you. In fact, it may destroy it depending on your job.
The simplest way to break these chains is to look for your long-term purpose and ask “why”. What motivates you? What makes you happy? Is this what I really want to do for the rest of my life? By knowing your long-term purpose means you know how to find time and look for the right reasons to get things done. By realizing your calling, you’ll begin to scrap out the mentality that money is everything and time, opportunities, passion, purpose are your true motivators. These are things that money can’t buy. Life is not meant for a 9-5 job nor just money. It’s about your journey towards your calling. Realizing your purpose doesn’t take overnight but once you do, you’ll work as if its never mandatory.
So what are you waiting for? Find your purpose and look for something that will make you happy for the rest of your lives!