Last month I was talking to my senior in college who works as an IT professional, about her job and she said she cried two days back because of the frustration. On asking her the reason she said it’s not creative, it’s boring. This gave a boost to my thought process, in today’s era when we all dress up creatively, we all cook and eat creatively, we all read and play creatively, why can’t we all work creatively, why can’t creativity be the yardstick at work. If a particular job isn’t providing a leeway to unleash that creativity, is it worth continuing it?
I’m too old, I need the insurance, I have to raise my kids, are these the excuses you’re living with. What is your other choice? To stay at a job where the boss is trying to keep you down, will eventually replace you, will pay you only enough for you to survive, will rotate between compliments and insults so you stay like a fish caught on the bait as he reels you in. Is that your best other choice? You and I have the same 24 hours each day. Is that how you will spend yours?
“I can’t just QUIT!” people say. “I have bills to pay”. I get it. Nobody is saying quit today. Before a human being runs a marathon, they learn to crawl, then take baby steps, then walk, then run. Then exercise every day and stay healthy. Then run a marathon.
Steve jobs once said, am an artist and I can live like one because am an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship in true sense means freedom, freedom for creativity, freedom to make your own choices, freedom to choose your own dreams and make them true.
Make the list right now. Every dream. I want to be a bestselling author. I want to reduce my material needs. I want to have freedom from many of the worries that I have succumbed to all my life. I want to be healthy. I want to help all of the people around me or the people who come into my life. I want everything I do to be a source of help to people. I want to only be around people I love, people who love me. I want to have time for myself.
These are not goals. These are themes. Every day, what do I need to do to practice those themes? It starts the moment I wake up: I’m a secret agent and I’m waiting for my mission. Ready to receive. This is how you take baby steps. This is how eventually you run towards freedom.