Why You Shouldn’t Get a Job
When you graduate from college the first thing you think of is getting a job. You put on fancy clothes and go to interviews. You answer questions about where you see yourself in 5 years and spew out industry jargon you don’t actually understand. If times are tough you may even find yourself explaining why your college class on post-modern literature makes you an ideal candidate for answering phones at a bank.
When you land a job, you spend most of your waking hours wearing uncomfortable clothes and shoes. You do a lot of things you don’t want to do. You wonder why you spent all those years working towards a degree when your primary responsibility is fetching people coffee. Perhaps you ask for more responsibility. Chances are you feel a bit disgruntled when the more responsible work you receive is taking lunch orders for everybody. Sooner or later you quit.
With a little bit of bullshitting experience under your belt, you find yourself a better job. You go to more meetings. At some of these meetings you are assigned tasks equivalent to fitting an elephant inside a can of Pepsi. If you say it is impossible you are told you are an expert and it is your job to make it happen. In fact, your boss thinks you should actually be able to fit 2 elephants in one can of Pepsi.
The cycle of quitting and finding new a new job continues for most people. People who have not realised that they don’t need jobs. Before I elaborate, let me share the Dictionary.com definition of the word job.
Job (noun) – a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price
A job is nothing more than a series of tasks which you do from 9 to 5. Believe it or not, there is a way to do something you love while still making money. The key is not to find a job, but to find your passion. That’s when it stops being work and it starts being fun.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
If you are still not convinced, ask yourself 2 questions. How many people do you know who hate their job? How many people do you know who hate their passion?
There is no doubt that abandoning your job for your passion is easier said than done. Then again, nothing worthwhile comes easy. It might take time to figure out what your passion is, and even more time to figure out how you can use your passion to support yourself financially. Then you need to figure out what steps to take in order to turn your ideas into reality. Be prepared to accept that plans don’t necessarily go according to plan. Also keep in mind that you may not need to work hard but you will certainly need to work smart.
Most of us think we can’t afford not to have a job. We don’t realise that jobs cost us our sanity and happiness. If anything, we can’t afford to have jobs.