The 38 Hour Curse
By nothingbutnet, May 6 2015 05:52AM
Just in case the title was a little subtle, It's referring to the 38 hour work week, which has somehow been ingrained in us as part of our daily lives. No doubt it would leave the cave men scratching their heads and subsequently myself as well.
Why have I taken such a harsh stance against it? Simple, it goes against everything I personally believe. That is if you have something of value to offer outside of your time. I’m someone who USED to make excuses for not contributing and not working for a better future. It’s not that I didn’t want to or had nothing of value to contribute, because I did. Every time I actually managed to get a job, I would end up arguing and disagreeing with the big boss of the business about how things should be run. Naturally this would call in to question my ongoing employment.
Of course, being a slow learner with a strong desire to make the world a better place for all, I one day had had enough of being bossed around with second rate systems designed to kind of help the business. I saw potential to make money on my own in starting up a small business to call mine. At no point was I capable of employing anybody, but I worked with my partner at the time to make a viable albeit work intensive business.
I digress, more about this curse.. With such a volatile world that we are easily sold on security, even if it is only a pittance in the big scheme of things. We get ourselves a secure job, doing something we are capable of doing, labelled as “full time”. Then we decide to stretch out our money by loaning money from banks, so that we can buy STUFF to impress people we don’t really care about all that much. Yes that’s a little on the cynical side and isn’t always like that, but for the point I’m making, it’s true enough.
Suddenly, your “full time” position comes in to question, but you have financial commitments you need to fulfill. Next thing you know cortisol levels are skyrocketing and you are on the hunt for the next “full time” position. And thus the cycle that eats up your entire life is perpetuates.
All the while the thought process has become so ingrained that having a secure job is the only way to bring in money. It’s not and here is why:
-As the writer of the heart to heart article, I am an idiot and I am out to prove that if I can make money on my own, then anybody should have the capabilities to do it.
-I am not smart, I paid next to no attention all the way through school.
-I don’t feel I am overly creative, although I often find strange ways to solve my problems.
-I did not bother to ever become a university student or really further any education, for years I had no idea on the direction I wanted to go, so I just become a sponge and soaked up as much information as possible about any directions that appealed to me. I sat waiting, ready to pounce, for years.
One big plus for me is that nobody has been able to sell the idea of “Why Full Time Employment” is good for you to me. I might just be an anomaly in the system, but once I set my mind on something, I do nothing but work towards that goal.
For me, not be confined to a regimented week is much more appealing. I’ve set my own security, backing on my determination, and not building somebody elses dream. At the end of the day, this is the reality of it. You are selling your limited time building somebody elses dream. Let me reiterate that last bit, everybody has about 4000 weeks to live, so how you use that time is critical. Do you have your own dream? Ambitions? etc… If so, then you should spend your every minute you want to work, building that dream.
I’ve lived off very little in my life, and still managed to get myself into stupid amounts of debt (for my income). Long story, don’t ask. Either way, I stepped back a couple of years ago, and thought about what I was doing, what I wasn’t doing, and spent an entire weekend working out what areas of my life were not working for me, and what areas I wanted to expand on. Not long after, I had an idea that felt like a ton of bricks landing on me. A huge point of difference that would set in motion the successful part of my life and web design business. The future of my dream was now on the road to becoming a reality as a strong willed, business minded entrepreneur.
So, whats holding you back from accomplishing your dreams? Do you need to take a back step in life in order to take everything you need to move further forward?
Here is Micks master tips on things you can do to change your fortune in this on-going war:
-Further your education, whether studying an MBA in Uni, or hitting tafe to learn more about running a small business. Don’t bother with the technical side of whatever field you want to be in, otherwise you will be forever trading your time for money. Other educational avenues you can look at is MBA internships or just any student internships, not only will this help give you a foot in the door to getting employed and gaining necessary experience, but it will open your mind to new concepts within different businesses.
-Rid yourself of debt. Unless the debt is good debt. If it’s not, sell off what you don’t need and minimize it. After that, if you have heaps of small debt with varying interest rates, consolidate and hit it hard with everything you have.
-Focus, on what you want. Simple.
Spend more than 38 hours a week working towards your goal or dream. It might not be work work, Personal development also counts here, and whilst does not directly make you any money, creates a mind full of wealth.
-Be good to everybody. You never know when you could use extra encouragement.
-Stay motivated, as Zig Ziglar said “Like bathing, motivation doesn’t last, it’s why we recommend it daily”. Keep the fires burning and destroy all obstacles in your way.
If you can stay motivated enough to hold your financial security and build your dream at the same time, then kudos to you. Don’t ever give up and best of luck to you and your business ventures!