Why I don’t follow rules
I don’t follow rules, I make my own. Why? Because I don’t believe in the status quo, order and discipline, people should have the freedom to be autonomous within their own jobs and life , I believe in a garden of pure ideology where each worker may bloom.
I was given a comfort letter for arriving late to work and I was told by HR I was too rebellious for this job and that I should follow the rules of my workplace. I was told the world is the way it is and that I should just live my life following the rules established, that I would one day understand when I grow up why things are the way they are (insert emoji here 🤔).
Then I remembered Steve Jobs once said : “When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your job is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.”
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is — everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.”
I’m not Steve Jobs, I may not be a great master mind, tech expert or the voice of my generation but I do know that once you understand that you can shake off this erroneous notion invented in the industrial era that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it, follow the rules, rather than own your life, embrace it, change it and leave your mark upon it.
I may not be famous but I love my work and I pour my best self into it, I turn each day into a kind of art. So if you want me to sign a comfort letter I will, and then I will continue to do what I was doing before, and if I get fired then so be it, I will remain firm to my conviction that I can figure out life and work with no rule book, become a building block of a great organization, delight and challenge my customers and peers.
So don’t let yourself be scared or held back by the system, your elders, your parents or HR. It’s time to stop complying and draw your own map, be a rebel, a round keg in a square hole, don’t follow the rules and make your own.