You work hard at your job, don’t you? We all do.
But what exactly are you working towards? What are we laboring for anyway?
Money. Probably benefits. Not really much else.
Sure, there are some folks out there that truly love their jobs. That is awesome. But I’m afraid that isn’t the case for a vast majority of the working class.
You hear the cliche’s all the time. “The 9-5 grind” comes to mind. Who wants to go somewhere and be ground all day?!?
Fill in the blank with your own cliche _________________.
So why do we do it? It’s such an old-fashioned way to work 40 hours in a cubicle in a job you don’t really like that doesn’t stimulate you.
But we do it. The alternatives aren’t abundant, are they? At least not yet.
I think our economy and the state of technology today have created some great opportunities in the workplace. No longer are we bound by pre-fab walls in an office building. Much of what we’ve done for work, if you are using a telephone or a computer, can be done from home. Companies are starting to catch up to this and are offering flexible work hours.
But what really excites me is the fact that the current and future work generations may have a way around being cube monkeys.
It’s tough getting a job out there, especially if you are new to the workplace. If this sounds like you then good for you! I’m not trying to say I’m happy you aren’t working. We all have bills to pay. But this creates incredible opportunity for you.
Instead of getting stuck in a 40-hour a week (and let’s face it, you’re lucky if you’re only working 40 hours and not a whole lot more) job in a cube with the hope of moving up into better cubes for the next few decades at a job you don’t particularly like, you have the opportunity to start something for yourself!
Not that doing your own thing is easy. But at least it’s yours.
Today’s generation, and anyone else that’s in a similar situation or brave enough to leave the cube world, has the internet on their side. There is so much out there that can be done. There are so many ways to connect with people all over the world now. The economy is ripe with opportunity if you can believe it.
But you need to work at it.
Build a blog and offer your expertise. Generate a plan to help other people. Establish materials that will allow other people to get ahead. Find out that need that isn’t being filled out there and work your rear off to fill that need.
When you think about it it’s pretty insane. We wake at the crack of dawn; dress up based on another’s standard (uniform); travel away from home, many times in debilitating traffic; then sit at a desk doing mundane work. How long does it take for you to look at the clock and wonder when your first break is?
How is that a productive economy?!?
We do it because we’re told it’s what we’re supposed to do. Suck it up and get a job. Work hard, get promoted, move up in the company, one day you get to retire. You’ll get paid so you can cover your mortgage and they even throw in health insurance. You stay stuck at the job for fear of missing your mortgage payment and not having health insurance. I know what it’s like.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
I remember my cube life vividly. It wasn’t that long ago, though I’m going on three years away from that job. I started at the bottom of the rung and worked my way up the ladder. I went from basic data entry to managing a team of people. Somewhere after my first promotion or so I recall thinking that I could stick it out in the field. After all my pay was going up and my responsibilities were increasing.
But I didn’t love it. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciated the company and my bosses. I learned a lot at that job. But it just wasn’t something that was my life’s calling, if you will. When someone I met asked me what I did I would mumble off some job description and hope they wouldn’t ask me any more about it. Has that ever happened to you?
I’ve been blessed to be able to run an online publishing business. I’m my own boss with my own company. It all started out with my creating a blog and writing on the side. I networked, researched, and built it up. I worked. See, you don’t have to up and quit a cube job abruptly. Start working on your own time. It CAN be done.
The next time you find yourself watching the clock wondering why the hands aren’t moving fast enough, take a minute or two and think about what better use of your time you could be exploring. What could you be doing that you would be proud of? What could you do that the next time someone asks you your job you find that you can’t shut up about your job, that’s how enthused you are about it?
Want to hear something crazy? I probably work more hours now than I did at the cube farm. I’m not talking sitting at a desk for 40 hours working. Let’s face it, most of us don’t work all day in the cube. You might have a few productive hours a day but you don’t really work 40 hours. You just have to be there for 40 hours. I can honestly say I’m working more now than when I was on the cube job. And it’s great. I’m working more hours and it’s better. That almost sounds loopy. But it’s true.
The hours are mine. I work when I can be productive. When I can’t produce I do something else that will help inspire me and recharge me – I live. All those hours that would have otherwise been spent playing Minesweeper are mine to use how I want.
I want to see some comments.
Tell me your cubicle horror stories. Tell me what ties you to your job. Tell me how you escaped. I want to hear it all.
Get discussions going on about why we labor like we do.
The old days are starting to erode. We don’t have to spend our weekdays in a faux room without a door. Don’t work for the weekend. Work for yourself and make every day your own.
Let’s do this. What are you laboring for?