We used to think that a job was the means to the end. The end was security, promotions, pay increases and finally retirement. Now having a job means no security and retirement is one of those old paradigms that was the goal of days gone by.
The tectonic plates of business theories and economics has shifted. People have given up on “jobs” and instead have either created their own work or have found purpose and meaning in working with, instead of for, others. Consider that roughly 40 – 50% of todays workforce represents “freelancers”. That’s up from roughly 15% just ten years ago.
The reason for these shifts represent the reframing of our culture and the related values that create meaning to the term “work”. Today work is more reflective of a lifestyle than a “job”. The connotation of a “job” creates images of being in jail 8 – 10 hours a day doing whatever the warden tell us to do even when it makes no sense and creates no meaningful value.
Quit The Job And Get To Work
James Altucher writes in TechCrunch: I’m going to tell you why you have to quit your job. Why you need to get the ideas moving. Why you need to build a foundation for your life or soon you will have no roof. Here is his ten reasons (see the full article here for the details, it’s worth reading)
- The Middle Class Is Dead
- You’ve been replaced
- Corporations don’t like you
- Money is not happiness
- Count right now how many people can make a major decision that can ruin your life
- Is your job satisfying your needs?
- Your Retirement Plan is For Shit.
- It’s okay to take baby steps
- Abundance will never come from your job
Only stepping out of the prison imposed on you from your factory will allow you to achieve abundance. You can’t see it now. It’s hard to see the gardens when you are locked in jail. Abundance only comes when you are moving along your themes. When you are truly enhancing the lives of the people around you.
Don’t believe me. Stay with a boss that hates you. A job that is keeping you locked on a chain around your neck, tantalizing you with incremental increases in pay and job title. Stay in a culture that is quietly replacing the entire middle class. This is not anyone’s fault. These are the tectonic plates of economics destroying an entire suburban culture that has lasted for almost 100 years. via 10 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year You Quit Your Job | TechCrunch.
Quiting a job and getting to work may create fear in some people. However the real root of that fear is that we’ve been taught to believe that work is a job. Change your belief and you’ll find joy in working. All it takes is a little faith in yourself.