Sitting here sipping on coffee and working on programming for the gym, touching up the newsletter for the UCB, catching up on the personal programming for our clients, and writing this fine blog -Kelsey making waffles and Alexa playing us exceptionally good music this morning - that’s when it hits me: I am doing exactly what I want to do. I was fighting it for a long time, and it didn’t turn out very well, good news is -life forced me into what I’m supposed to be doing.
"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of Victory." -General George S. Patton
You ever have that voice you don’t listen to. Call it your gut, or your inner voice, whatever it is. You hear it or feel it, but you get caught up in slogging away at the career that pays your bills, the one you worked your ass off for, working for sub par managers who couldn’t lead a horse to water, and a corporation that could care less if you dropped dead right in front of them. You dig and dig, because you feel like your digging to treasure, but your just digging yourself into a deeper hole. You do that, because it pays the bills, offers security, and affords a one-week (maybe two weeks if you’re really lucky) vacation a year. Is this what you wanted? If so, good for you, I wish you all the success in the world. If not, then I ask, why are you there?
"Courage is only an accumulation of small steps." - George Konrad
We are in a unique time in our country. The rich are getting richer, jobs are getting less skilled and small business owners are becoming few and far between. I would say that now, more than ever, what our country needs is dreamers. We need people to take a leap at their passions. Follow your heart and begin the job or business that your passion leads you to. That might mean going back to school, learning a trade, taking a pay cut, or maybe even scraping by for a little while, but the end result is worth it. I’m not saying don’t plan and try to make the burden a little less while you make the transition, but at some point you will need to act. Who knows, maybe you become part of a movement that opens a business and provides good paying jobs to 20 to 50 people. Maybe you become the change they need to drop their sack of crap jobs they are miserable in to become part of something greater.
"I am quite calm; I shall conquer." - Emile Zola
How good would that feel to change of the lives of even a few people? How good would it feel to help them improve their quality of life and find their own dream to follow? What if you were part of a small movement that saw good people creating a market of jobs and takes back some of the power that has been ripped away from the working class? Well, we might not ever know-if you don’t try.
"Just where you are--that's where to start." - Pema Chodron
It might not work, I get it, that’s a real fear. If you have a family and obligations, I get it. But remember this-everything you do, your kids will emulate. So if you slug away in a miserable job, give up time with family and loved ones, break your mind and body for a group that will ultimately throw you to the wolves if they choose, then your kids will too. Is that what you want to teach them? Would you rather show them grit, determination, and that with the right steps, following your passion can make what you only dreamed of at one time, become reality.
"Every moment is a golden one for the one who has the vision to recognize it as such." - Henry Miller
No, it’s not easy, and you might fail, but with change comes growth, with growth comes knowledge and experience, and with that we can try again with greater success. You’ll never have a try-success, if you can’t get past a tried-failed.
Give ‘em Hell today, Badasses!
Hard Times Make Hard People. Live Uncommon.
- January 29, 2018
- Ben Seims