WORKING YOUR LIFE AWAY

Photo of a Woman Thinking

“I hope it’s worth it.”


CLOCKING IN AND OUT

We all get up and go to work each and every morning; well most people at least. But then there are the people who that’s all they do is work. And I hope whatever they do it’s worth the fight because that time you spend doing whatever you can never get it back. So make sure this means a lot to you since your life will be based upon it once you reach the end. You are going to miss out on pivotal moments in your life as well as the people around you. Friends and family will marry and have children without you being present. Not to mention the holidays that take place. Oh, and one more thing, the deaths that occur over time. I know, me myself, living in another part of the country, you go back home and don’t even recognize your family that has grown up. They were babies when you leave and teenagers now or adults.

NEVER REACHING THAT PLACE

Can you imagine getting old and realizing that everything you did is in preparation for a life that is no longer relevant. That is what happens with so many people who push for success. Or better, they never reach where it is they truly want to be in life. It has to be the hardest thing in the world to realize. And then you look over the life you’ve lived and come to also realize that you missed out on all the great things from friends and family. You probably lost people along the way you can never get back. It could have been through just growing apart or even death. But is at always as bad as it seems? And the answer is no.

WHEN IT’S GOOD IT’S GOOD

Now that the bad things are out of the way, what about the good that comes with the focus. And when it works itself out, it does in an amazing fashion. Because all that work and time put in, means you have built a pretty good portfolio for yourself. And the people who are often afraid to build wonder how you did it. As if you just woke up one day and had all these things in life going for you. It took many years and a lot of restraint. You missed a lot but you also gained a lot. And as far as the people, not everyone is meant to be with you on your journey. You will lose some people, but that is expected.


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WHEN IT ALL COMES CRASHING DOWN

Brown Cardboard Box on Floor

“When the machine breaks.”


WHEN IT’S GONE

We all dread the idea that we could lose our jobs. And considering most people live for their checks, you can understand the fear of those who do. Now, if you’re one of those blessed people who just happen to earn a little money to get you over, then count your lucky stars. But for most people, they need their job to survive. We never think to ourselves that we could lose our jobs. We go there everyday, with this idea that it could never be me. That is until your name is called. And the scary part about it, is that we have no way of stopping it. But how do you prepare for a situation that may never happen to you?

SAVE SAVE SAVE

You get your check and pay your bills, then you go out to eat or shopping. And you don’t realize throughout the year how much money you spend on miscellaneous items. And we don’t put much in savings. That is until the job is gone and now we are scrambling for ways to live. The average American only has enough money in their savings account to hold them over for a few weeks in case they lose their jobs. After that, most people are forced to sleep in the street. But is having a savings something you can truly dig in to when you need it? Are you really secure when you feel you’re secure? What if you’re unemployed for 6 months to a year? That is a stretch to be able to save for in the case you lose your job. And to build capital for the ability to live that long is not as easy as it seems.

A LITTLE SOMETHING ON THE SIDE

If you can find a way to make an additional $200, $300, or even $400 per week, it really helps. Now, how you’re going to do that is the hard part. But in our everyday lives, waste a lot of time doing nothing. With that nothing we can figure out how to make money doing something we enjoy. No amount of money is too small. It seems small in the paradigm of building it, but if something bad happens, you’ll be surprised what it can do for your life. Just keep in mind when you go to work, nothing, absolutely nothing is guaranteed. Never get too comfortable in this ever changing environment.


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WHAT’S WRONG WITH A JOB?

Man Holding Drinking Glass

“A check is a check.”


HONEST LIVING

You get up and go to work everyday. It’s not the most amount of money, but you are able to buy the things you need to survive. Now, some may look at that think to themselves it could be perceived as problematic. Especially considering how unguaranteed the workplace is today. But there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a job that is a little more stable on a daily basis. And there is nothing wrong with knowing there is something there every two weeks. That’s consistent income could be comforting to most. But the reality is that so many jobs are here one day and gone the next. So there is just way too much doubt and risk associated with having just one job. And for most people in the foreseeable future , they will have some sort of outside income making money.

CHECK TO BANK TO BILLS TO NEEDS TO WANTS

When you get paid from your job, most people have direct deposit. You already have what your money is going toward. It goes from the bank, to setting aside the funds for rent, then you have your utilities, food, transportation, and your personals. After the needs of your household is paid, then most people focus on the wants in their life like the leisure activities. And this is why so many people are broke for the most part. They live check to check because they want to live while surviving. And you have to be careful because you have to always plan for the worse. You never know what might happen in the future. You not only could lose your job and but you could also get sick which could be costly.

THE REALITY AMONGST THE FEAR

Now, the reality of jobs are that most people are not going to lose their job. Most people will have something that they call work everyday. The only thing that is scary is that you are not in the know, and assuming something is always there. And like I said for most people it is, but some won’t. Only thing is that, you don’t know who that some will be.


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THE LAND OF LOST: WHEN YOU ARE STUCK IN THE PARADIGM OF BUILDING

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“Moving on from here.”


CROSS ROADS

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you are trying to build your career, but you have hit a wall? You are at this point where you find yourself stuck in thought. You find yourself not being able to move past your current point. This makes you start to rethink why you have chosen this path in the first place. And here is where some people decide to push through the pain and others decide to give up and move on. Most people in this space just continue to wake up everyday and exist in their space of existence. They don’t fail or succeed, they just stay right in their position. And why is this place so bad? Well, as long as you’re happy it shouldn’t matter. That is unless your current position is rendered obsolete. Then you are faced with a difficult reality.

THE MINDFRAME

When the mind is running all over the place at a hundred miles per hour, then you will find it hard to figure out where to go to next. You will be in a mental place where even if you try to force yourself to be someplace else, it will keep you from progressing forward. Trust me, I have been there before. I remember I was stuck writing my short stories and had writers block. What I did was write about writers block which fixed my writers block. So you have to do these types of techniques to trick yourself into moving forward. Because when I wrote I fixed the problem in the paradigm of the problem. So when you are pursuing a career in let’s as a Chef, and you want  to create new menu dishes. You should go home and put together food dishes out of scratch. And you’ll come up with an item from something.

SURPRISE YOURSELF

Well listen to this, most people in the paradigm of doing anything do not see the results. We all have no clue what to expect whenever we are doing something and trying to push forward. So we question why are we doing this career. We often think to ourselves what could I really be doing if not doing this thing I am in now. And all it is, is the fear. And not the fear of failing but the fear of success. Because we all fail, but the fear of success is people demanding more and more the higher you go.


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