This mind bomb exploded in my head on the most basic of Mondays.
I was sitting at work, counting down the minutes before I could leave. And a thought hit me.
It took me back a little.
It became super clear.
I just sat there, gawking into space until my boss asked what I was doing.
“Ummmm, work and shit?” I mumbled.
It’s a good thing my boss is used to me talking like that.
I immediately grabbed my notepad and started scribbling some ideas down before I forgot them.
What are you actually doing with your time?
I was pouring all my efforts into some analytical report I didn’t care about.
Then I asked myself, “What am I doing here?”
Like everyone else, I have bills to pay, I thought. But the thought returned: “What am I doing here?”
I am working for someone else.
I am working on someone else’s dream.
I am helping this pharmaceutical company become a profitable business for the benefit of its owners, board members and investors.
Not for mine.
You either work on your dream.
Work on someone else’s dream.
That’s as simple as it gets.
The stability of a paycheque at the end of the month is pretty sweet, isn’t it?
Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing wrong with working for someone else.
Not everyone is cut out to be his or her own boss.
You spend your life at work. You see your colleagues more often than your family. All in return for a minimal wage and a soggy thank you.
But remember, that enterprise and its value is not yours. You don’t own it. You can’t take it away with you.
Now here comes the scary part.
It can be snatched from you at any time.
You can be made redundant at the snap of someone’s fingers.
What if you had a serious accident, lost your arm and could no longer feed your kids?
What if the company you’ve worked at for 30 years folds?
There will be no loyalty when you’re let go. Just a blank, non-sincere excuse: “Sorry, it’s just business.”
The board members will do whatever it takes to make a profit, and you’ll get spit in your face for all your years of service.
What if your pension scheme is dissolved?
Find stability by being self reliant
It’s funny how, right about now, starting that restaurant, writing that book or getting into real estate actually begins to sound like a stable way to earn a living.
I’m not trying to feed you a shit sandwich here. I repeat: working for yourself and being accountable for your own actions will scare off most wannabes.
Working on your own dream will entail stressful situations, sleepless nights, and scary bills. But you know what?
I’m not going to gamble with my future. I worked too hard to get to where I am now.
I am going to work on a project of my own.
I’m going to create and build on an idea.
Gambling is for the stupid
If you don’t pursue your dream and bulletproof yourself, your only other option is to work for someone else’s dream again.
Who knows? You may find another good job.
Still, you’ll be putting your energy into someone else’s dream – energy that you could put into your own.
And what if you’re made redundant again?
Now, if that feeling of insecurity, redundancy and uselessness scares you – get busy working!
Turn that dream in your head into something tangible.
Put the reins of your life in your hands, and steer yourself in the way you want.
Just say no to giving other people control over your future!
Why wait for a handout?
Build a plan of attack and go balls out ‘til you reach your goal.
No one said it would be easy.
It will take countless hours of heavy lifting, sure.
But most people will stumble on one little change.
A mindset change.
You will no longer be able to manage by being an amateur copycat.
You’ll need to think like a professional dream-chaser.