Success principle #6. Never sit idly. Always be doing something. | 923

My Author Journey, Wednesday, September 13, 2017

# 923 (countdown)

It baffles me how many people in this world work only when they have been hired to do a job. When they are jobless they just sit idly and wait and hope that someone will want to hire them.

My take — the definition of a ‘job’ is terribly broken in our society and that’s of course something most people soak up from others when they grow up.

They only see ‘job’ as this transaction — there is someone who needs someone for a particular purpose (someone who has a job for them — a set of particular tasks which need to be carried out) and there is this person who can do the job (perform those tasks).

That’s how most people understand a ‘career’ too. They think that one needs to learn a particular trade / acquire some skill (get a particular education — ideally something “practical) and that then one needs to write it all down in a CV and look for opportunities to be hired so that he / she can do something with this degree (or set of skills).

They want a job because they need money. And they are willing to trade their time and their ability to perform certain tasks for a monthly pay check. To do anything without a monthly pay check makes no sense to them. They would of course tell you that they need this money to support themselves and their families (often also their costly lifestyle!) and that it makes no sense to do something when you don’t earn money for it. They have a lot of time but they sit idly, because they have no job (employment).

What is the point of doing anything when you’re not employed / hired to do this thing? Nobody cares if you do anything anyway so you can just as well sit and wait (sending out your CV whenever you see a job posting that is a good match).

All those who are easily replaceable (possess only basic skills or work in a profession where there are many candidates with similar knowledge and ability to perform a certain set of tasks) often have problems finding an employment (or can find themselves in such situation anytime). They have only this degree / this set of skills and there hundreds or even thousands of people who can fill the same spot and nobody will even notice the difference. Then there is another huge problem — holes in their CVs start to appear and according to the most common conviction it is this thing that can ruin your career. If you have too many holes in your CV or if the interval (intervals) between employment periods is unusually long you can be sure you’ll have trouble finding your next chance to do something (and be paid for it) a.k.a. ‘job’.

That’s why people are so f*cking scared! They think it’s all about having no (or the minimal amount of) holes in your resume (periods when you were unemployed because it means that either A/ for some reason people don’t want you — there might be something fundamentally wrong with you, or B/ you are just lazy). The advice is thus at all costs avoid those holes in your CV because it will severely reduce the chances of finding your next job.

Of course this thinking is in line with what the employers look at when they look for employees. So it is thus quite reasonable to expect those problems.

But the circumstances of someone’s life can throw him / her overboard anyway, even if he / she is employable (had no previous holes and has a nice looking CV). Then what?

That’s a terrible mindset! That’s the mindset the winners rid themselves of.

Now compare that to a scenario in which someone who has lost his regular job (there is nobody hiring him / her at the moment) is still doing something each day, is using his / her talents or skills (in other words is doing something he / she can do even without being hired for it). He / she is busy writing, drawing, painting, singing, making music or films, shooting photos, cooking, helping in some way the local community, giving advice on a subject he / she knows well, etc. This person has a completely different mindset (attitude) from the mindset most people soak up in their youth and then end up living with. While they have the mindset that they can only add value / help others / create something when there is someone willing to hire them and pay for that job, this person has a mindset that he / she can always do that, even without being hired (being currently unemployed).

Now, we can ask ourselves who has a better chance of finding something he / she will love doing in life. The person with the former or the person with the latter type of mindset? To me the answer is obvious — the person with the former type of mindset almost has no prayer.

When you have the conviction that you can do stuff only when there is someone willing to hire you and pay for that job you will never explore / try out other, new things. You will always say I’m an investment banker / lawyer / accountant and when I’m hired for this job that’s what I can do best. I can’t do anything else. You stick to what your title / college degree says about you, unwilling to step out of this field (comfort zone). Of course, it is very likely that you are an expert only in your field (the thing you studied in college and where you have your job experience), but do you need to be an expert or a master to start a new thing (if that’s something you’re drawn to)? No! You can start as a rookie and take it from there and two years from now you won’t be a rookie anymore.

Doing something at all times is the wise thing to do always but especially today when we (at least those who will be able to read this) have the Internet. We can connect with people around the world in a matter of seconds. We have access to an incredible amount of information. We can be sipping our morning coffee at a local café (or at home when we want to live frugally for the time being) and learning about problems that need solving around the world and start working on those problems or join others who already work on them. Or we can create something each day (a blog post or other piece of content, a work of art, a remix of a song or a new track, a short film / documentary, etc.) and share it with people worldwide. Or we can leave our home and see what can be done in order to improve our local community.

And when you do all those things you no longer have those thoughts that you are a worthless piece of crap because no one wants to hire you, because you’re too young or too old, or because you lack experience, or because there are better candidates, or because you aren’t pretty enough, or because you didn’t have all those fantastic early life opportunities rich middle class kids have, or because your parents couldn’t have afforded to send you to Harvard (and by the way they suck because of that), or because there the world isn’t fair and you don’t have this pathetic tendencies, like when you blame the government, the immigrants, the competition, or the young, or the entire world for being what it is and wishing certain things were different in this world.

Reading.

In the Shadow of the American Dream: The Diaries of David Wojnarowicz (20 min; on scribd app).

Listening to audio.

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly (20 min, on my scribd app).

Movies.

Who the Fuck is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago Finished it.

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock

My yesterday’s answers on Quora:

Answer to What career can I choose after graduating in philosophy?

Answer to Is it true that if others start disagreeing with you then you are on the right path?

Recent progress on my third book: 60 min today.

Music for this writing session: Arnold Schwarzenegger — “Who do YOU want to be in life?” (Music by Alex Khaskin). Then ODESZA — popular tracks (on spotify). Then Indian Summer by Jai Wolf (on spotify, on repeat). Tessa by Steve Jablonsky (on spotify, on repeat). Then Then Really Slow Motion — Everdream (on YouTube, repeatedly).

My today’s route.

My today’s favorite.

My today’s photos on flickr Warsaw, September 13, 2017.