RUNNING ON EMPTY: DO YOU FEEL YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME WORKING

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“I just need more time.”


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The majority of Americans work a 40 hour work week. Now there are those that work more or even less, but the average is 40 hours. With 168 hours in a week, 40 seems like so little time. But when you factor in lunch, travel, getting ready for work, and raising children, as well tending to your significant other and yourself, that time goes fast. So what is a person to do when they work so much they feel they never have enough time for anything else? You have to sit back and assess your life and understand if what you’re doing is worth the fight. Should you be giving this much of yourself to your work.

nothing but time

We feel we don’t have time, but in reality, we have nothing but time. It’s just that we don’t properly delegate our time the way we should. Time is one of those relative things in life. Because I could be working my overnight job and time flies even though I have been there for 10 hours, versus 4 – 5 hours previously worked in a different role. So how does one aspect of time differ from another? It’s because we all have the same 24 hours, but they way we dictate our time is going to have an effect on the way we perceive time.

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When you’re working a job, it seems like time never ticks if you don’t like your job. Once again, this is relative because people who love their work never have enough time. But in the moment when you’re working, you will work and work and work and work, yet only 10 minutes have passed. But getting ready for work time flies. The last hour of work is long, but the 45 minutes to 1 hour to get home is fast. Anytime you take time out for self, life won’t be at a stand still. Once again, our perception of time is dictated by our perception of an activity that we take part in given our mental state of fulfillment.

you will never understand

People will tell you all day that you don’t understand. You have more time to yourself and they have all these obligations. They are constantly empty once work is complete. In reality time is not the problem with people running on empty. The reason you wish you had more time is because daily life is a mental drain. You’re mentally and sometimes physically drained. So you have time, it’s used sleeping and sitting around. Just think, remember earlier I said 168 hours in a week. Well, 40 hours for work, there is 120 left. You sleep 7 – 8, and now you have between 64 and 71 hours left. You travel to and from work 5 days a week, now you’re down to 54 – 61 hours left. If you have children, that is a massive chunk, but so many people don’t. Let me ask you something, what are you doing with all that time?


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LIFE GOING NOWHERE: HOW TO DEAL WITH A DEAD END JOB

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“Time for a change.”


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I have had my fair share of bad jobs in my life. And what do you do when you are stuck on a bad job that you just can’t seem to get away from. You hate being there, but unless you’re in a relationship with someone who makes a substantial amount of money, you can’t just quite. So a lot of people stay on their jobs and never leave that position. So from here on out they show up day in and day out. Five days per week (depending on the job, weekends as well), four weeks out of the month, for the entire year. And before you know it, years have gone by and you have done nothing but go to this job.

rest breeds complacency

Coming home from your dead end job, you just want to rest. But what that does is forces you to wake up, only with enough time to get ready for your job again. So as difficult as it may seem, you have to force yourself to keep going. Think about the job you go to, and not only want more, push for more. For two reasons: 1) when the job function is no longer needed to keep the organization going, they will get rid of you, 2) you will eventually live to resent other people who are living their best life. And when I say do better, I am not only talking about financial. You could learn more that will allow you to stay on board if the company starts letting people go. You will have the ability to matriculate into this new way of business.

trust the process

In the paradigm of living, nothing we do seem like it’s working while we’re doing it. I look at the career of Hollywood actress Tiffany Haddish.How over the recent year, she has taken off in her career. But she has been performing comedy since her early twenties. Now who has the guts to work for the next 15 years, with disappointment after disappointment, to come into their success. We all want to wake up tomorrow with her success, but it just doesn’t happen that way. And her is why people can’t break out of the dead end job. What’s crazy is that before you know it, 15 ears passes, and they see the person who put in early. And that’s when the resentment sets in because they have wasted precious time they can never get back.


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STEPPING OUT: FIRST DAY IN THE REAL WORLD

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“It’s terrifying, but we all have to do it.”


When you are a college student, you have all these ideas about how your life will go once college is over. But there is no real blueprint for how life will turn out. No pot of gold awaits you as you walk across that stage. You graduate on a Saturday or Sunday, and then back to your regular day job you currently hold. And that’s when it sets in, yep, life. The blueprint you thought was going to work is not working at all. The plan of getting out, and some organization observing your resume, then giving you a job is not real after all. So what do you do, you keep working whatever job you currently hold. And days turn to weeks, weeks to months, and months to years. And before you know it, you’re working a job that you could have easily gotten not going to college.

Why do so many people give in and say screw it. They quite progressing forward, and now they have this expensive piece of paper that they have to pay off. Meanwhile, there are going to be the few who come straight out and get jobs. But the masses work the same mundane jobs that they had in college. Well, college is the icing on a cake, and sometimes only constitute for sprinkles. The cake is you, and you have to carve something out for yourself. So how do you carve out an identity for yourself? You start to first test out different things that peak your interest. (Oh yeah, something you should have been doing in college, not just partying) Then once you find that something, you should really do as much as you can to hone in on a skill at that thing.

Put yourself in the know as much as possible. Take on internships, go out and build something yourself; put yourself in harms way so things good can happen to you. Which sounds odd to put yourself in harms way, but you have to do so. You have to be fearless and dangerous while you’re young. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at something, anything, to be great. You’re still at an age where that fearlessness is inside of you, and that jaded feeling of dealing with the world is not present. Because at the age of 22, 23, or 24, you can live like a hermit, and build a life. Put your time and energy into the things you love, and are good at in life.

Because in the end, that is my philosophy since I have been actively pursuing my goals for the past 5.5 years. Notice I said goals and not dreams. Dreams are these images you get of being somewhere in life, yet no work is currently being put in. But a goal put you on track to getting where you want to be. And don’t worry about the failures, you’re going to get plenty along the way, but as long as you’re learning from them, they are lessons and not shortcomings.


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SYNERGY: HOW BRINGING TOGETHER TWO OR MORE GREATS IS BETTER THAN ONE

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“Our wholes together can effect the world much better.”


Do you relish in working alone on projects? I am one of those types of people who love to work alone. But now that I have ventured into the world of indie filmmaking, I can no longer work alone on projects. I know how to write, direct, and produce, but what about the acting? Better yet, what about the sound mixing, sound design, production design, makeup and hair, boom operating, lighting crew, and assistance on set? These are roles that I don’t have expertise in, and need people with that level of knowledge to assist me. So with that said, I realized that I have to reach out to people who are in the know, that can aid me so the project comes out correctly how I envisioned it. So why do we like working alone when working as a team is better?

We like to do so because the ideas in our heads are so alive and vibrant. But without the right people around you, the ideas are merely just that, an idea stuck in your head. For example, I am not an artistic director, I can draw something, but to get the full spectrum of what I want to convey, I am unable to do so. So having an person strong in this area is quite important. That is what makes a person great at what they do. This is also true when running a company. The CEO is the chief over the entire company, but what about the COO, CFO, and the President. Better yet, what about your VP’s, Heads of this department and that department, as well as Human Resource people. All the way down to the day-to-day employees that make things happen who you will never meet.

See, bringing together these people who work well to make this well oiled machine operate is what makes the person at the top great at their jobs. It’s like a conductor in an orchestra. The conductor’s job is not enough, you need a violinist, a cello, the harp, and a bass player, but what about a trumpeter and tuba player. To the listener, we hear beautiful music, that you wouldn’t otherwise hear if it came from just one person. Because in the end, the collective working together to accomplish a goal will always work better than one. We want to work alone because so many of us like recognition for our work ourselves. When in reality, bringing in people to make it better helps boost it that much more.


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METRO-MERI-CONOMY: HOW THE U.S. MAJOR CITIES ARE SWALLOWING OUR ECONOMY

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“The takeover is real.”


Living in New York City, I feel a world away from where I grew up in the United States. My small Midwest city consisted of nearly 80,000 people and a county seat of close to 200,000. Now that I live in New York, the neighborhood where I live is massive in size with over 225,000 citizens. So you can live out your entire life and not meet one person in your community more than once. So for me, walking around you observe the landscape and realize that there is a lot of money to be made in NYC. The same can be said for places like Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, just to name a few. And as time ticks away, younger generations are leaving small towns and cities in search of a better life.Yet what’s happening to the smaller lesser known cities and towns, are more tragic. An aging generation dying and younger people moving are turning these once thriving industrialized places into ghost towns. Now, what will happen in the future is metropolitan cities controlling a huge aspect of American economy.

This could also change the social relationships as well as political relationships. Because even though there is a lot of land in America, metropolitan New York alone is a $1 trillion economy. You’re talking close to 6% of our entire nation is in one city. And a lot of that has to do with the multinational corporations that reside in New York. So with time passing, jobs will become more prevalent in these major cities, but some may don’t want to live in these hubs. But you’ll have no other choice, since so much young talent is running for the major cities. Due to openness of living in these cities, they have a power base as well. And when I say openness, I’m talking about the freedom to practice religion, date whomever, and be open with your sexuality. Now, those are already free practices, but not as open as in New York or a city like Los Angeles.

You see, factories were such an intricate part of the American identity. Now we’re moving in a more tech space, and people are finding it hard to adjust. For those that can make the leap, they’re leaving their town for the bigger city. In the end, what will happen of all these cities that used to be productive locations? There are so many ghost towns and cities that you can buy a town. But eventually, the cities will hit a point at which we’ll need to expand back outward.


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POOR MAN’S HUNGER DRIVE: WHY PEOPLE FROM A CERTAIN SOCIOECONOMIC GRIND HARDER THAN OTHERS

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“A thick-skinned path to success is tough for people with soft skin.”


As a young man pursuing my career as a writer, photographer, and filmmaker; I will be going through these up and down periods in my life. But what has prepared me for that was growing up in a poor household. With everything that is a downside of life at the bottom, there is this upside. And that upside is that you have this willingness to succeed that no one else has in life. So many people who aim to succeed leave their parents house and return after college having to move back home. But there are the ones who moving back home is not an option because home is not available anymore. These are the students who take college more serious and work through school rather than indulge in a social life. They realize that there is no backup after college and must be working to attain something.

But what are some other reasons as to why the kids born into a household of substantial means don’t have the true grit as the poor. And it goes back to the adversity. When you watch professional athletes, a lot of the greats have come from these poverty stricken environments. They have all the odds stacked up against them and they fight like their lives depend on it. How many well to do kids fight like their lives depend on it? It’s because they work to succeed, but they have a support system there to aid them. When you don’t have anything, and you are put in a position where you’re forced to be better, then you may ultimately win. It has a lot to do with survival. If you took a person from the upper class and told them to hunt in the safari of Africa for food it would be harder than a homeless man not knowing where his next meal will come from.

In the end, for the reasons above are the main reasons why some people of wealth cut their children off financially. Because they want their children to know how to face adversity. What if the family fortune is lost for some reason or another. Then what you’ll have is a self-destruct kid. They have never known what it was like to hustle in life. Now they have to do something and don’t know where to start. So you must throw them out into society and make them fend for themselves. If not, then you’ll turn into an enabler and it could ultimately hurt the child in the end.


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MAKING GOOD MONEY: HOW COME PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A MORE DECLARATIVE CAREER EXPLANATION

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“We all want it, but what is good money?”


Ever hear people who are either unemployed or looking for work while on a job say they want to make good money. What exactly is a good job or good money? We all have a different perspective on what that means, but no one can define it in an entirety. So when I hear people say they need a “job” making “good” money I pause. For me, I am currently pursuing my goals of becoming a successful writer (screenplays, playwrights, novels, and blogger), filmmaker, photographer, and podcaster. I would like to make at least $60,000 per year as a start to work for myself. I have given myself 10 years to break into my career as a writer/filmmaker. I am currently at year five almost six. And there you have it, a nice basic understanding for what my goals are in a career. But I always hear these very vague ideas of what it is that people want from life.

I said in an earlier post that adults who need jobs are like crying babies. You can’t communicate with a baby when it’s crying because the baby can’t talk. Only problem with adults is that we can talk. And unlike the baby where you have to give the baby milk, rock the baby, and do all these activities to guess the problem, it’s not the case with adults. A fully grown adult should know more than a baby their problem that is bothering them. And that is the problem with the I need a good paying job inquiry. What job? Paying what? What time period to get to that point? What is your level of expertise? Is this something you really enjoy doing? Do you have the stomach to build in your career choice? So many people don’t know the answers to any of these questions because they lack self-awareness. And that is the main problem.

Because when trying to look for employment, you have to first acknowledge the skills you possess. You can’t just say I need a job and expect people to know your skills. I know what I am good at in this world. It’s not my job to know your strengths and weaknesses. It’s not my job to give you a certain level of skills. Your job is to show me what it is you can do. That is what I mean by self awareness. By a certain age, you should have some level of degree to which you know your skills. That’s why the whole find a job, get a job is very vague. If I realized that my skill is writing, then I am going to pursue my writing career. If there are other skills I have, I’ll pursue those as well. You should pursue whatever you find that is a skill of yours that you not only love, but in the long term can make an income performing.

In the end, not having a firm understanding of who you are is going to be the defining outcome. If you don’t know what you are good at then who does. It’s your brain, you know what your mind wraps around. And if your mind does not wrap around the concept of anything, you’re not going to be hired even if someone was offering jobs. You should know to some degree what career title you want, income associated, and years to rise to another position. And it all comes together in knowing how to put yourself in the know of whatever it is you want to do in life.


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