Are you really fulfilled by your job, or is it just another thing that you have to do? How many of you baby boomers like getting up every morning and making your way to work?
For most of us, baby boomers included, the answer to these questions is, no, you don’t like your job, you’re not fulfilled and you hate getting up and going to work.
The question is why do you keep doing it?
Most of you are going to say you have to because you need the money. It’s amazing that people will put themselves through the absolute worst conditions, dragging themselves out of bed each morning, and driving through rain, sleet, snow and more to go to a job they hate, just so they can get money to pay the bills. Then, at the end of the day, do the reverse to get home, and start all over again the next day.
Are you insane? Remember the definition of insanity: “doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.”
The so called eight-hour work day turns into a nine and a half or ten-hour day including your commute, then getting home, preparing and eating a quick meal, spending a few minutes with the family or trying to relax before going to bed. All this so you can get up tomorrow and repeat the cycle. What a tragedy, especially for those baby boomers nearing the “Golden Years.”
Why would we continue to do this even after we take a step back and see how horrible it is? Why do you subject yourself to such misery each day? It must be the money! All of us have to earn a living, right.
Trust me; I lived in the rat race for many years before I finally woke up. I truly understand the motivations you have, and I empathize with you. I did it day in and day out, but I finally got disgusted. I was no longer excited to go to work (if I ever was), and I was never really fulfilled, or appreciated. I knew it was time for me to make a change.
Guess what? I did and I know you can too!
I had to find the driving component that would allow me to make a drastic change that would impact my life. I did and it was my passion. I discovered that I had a passion for change, and I was going to make it happen no matter what. How about you?
I truly believe that people who continue going to work day after day, even though they hate it, are only doing it for the money. These people go to work every day but are not fulfilled; instead they are left emotionally and intellectually spent. As a result, they come home and can’t find any satisfaction there either. It becomes a vicious cycle that you can’t get out of. So, you plod to work every day, you plod home, sleep, and plod back to work the next day.
There’s a cultural dogma out there that dictates, you must go to college and get a degree to make it in life. We often take the first job offer that comes along. Research shows that over 50 percent of people with a degree never really planned to work in the field their degree is in.
That one decision probably has the most detrimental impact on an individual’s future than most decisions in life. Because, once you take that first offer, you have imprisoned yourself in a career path that you really had no control over, other than making the choice.
Luckily, you can change. If you have chosen a path or even several different paths that have led you to a dead end, its ok, you can turn yourself around!
The key to enjoying your “Golden years” is to find your passion, make money from it, and have fun doing it. Work hard every day and you will reap rewards beyond compare. Stop thinking about it, and rather take action and do something about it! Life is too short for you to be miserable.