Sadly, a lot of us (especially the younger adult crowd) suffer in fear and dismay of either pursuing our dreams, or keeping the career that pays. I believe the #1 reason why we are afflicted by this ‘Tug O’ War’ phase is simply because we fear that our passions, dreams and aspirations won’t support us financially, due to the hard times that we are currently and have been facing. This ultimately results in feelings of uneasiness, disdain and unmotivation. Deep down inside, we all wish we might just find a way to bridge our good talents to a financial tether that could support us without having to worry about ‘paying our bills’ or running out of money. Ultimately, on account of these negative emotions the world thinks like we are forced into immersion of the monotonous lifestyle until something ‘pops up’ without warning. A draw of luck per say….a blessing from above- a shake in the ‘right’ hand. Whatever you want to it.
When I have talks with individuals about this particular dilemma, I often let them know this. As I feel as if this breaks this entire thing down much better and gives people a clearer idea of the concept. There are 2 types of people in this world and every single human on earth breaks down into one of these 2 categories.
Individuals who live for stability and security.
And People who live for freedom and expression.
Individuals who live for stability and security are those who, even though they may possess multiple talents, already have it hardwired into their brains to pursue a life-style of stability and security. These are the basic ones who are so adamant and determined to earn that degree and rack up whatever other types of education they can accumulate over time. These are the ones who may have no problem going to workday in and outing, because what’s important to them could be the stable ‘paycheck’ and earned salary. On reflection, some of these individuals deep down inside constantly experience periods of doubt or boredom where they often feel like they are in the ‘wrong place’ and that there must be something better providing you with more freedom. Speculate they have already conditioned and eager themselves for a real career, they figured, “what’s the purpose of leaving now?” In addition to that, but the more time that passes, the greater it makes it harder for them to make the transition due to subconscious commitment they have placed themselves into.
Then you have the second type: The kind of that I myself come under. The people who live for freedom and expression. Necessities such as free-spirits, the ‘risk takers’ of the planet who instead would rather hone in their natural talents and skills and pursue work that revolves around just that. They are now living in silence, but hope that one day the passions they tell others will make all of the noise. They seek self-expression through art. They dread the monotonous, repetitive lifestyle. They prefer to have the ability to move, travel and live life ‘on the fly’ rather than feeling stuck area for long periods of time. The issue with this is that it undoubtedly requires alot more creativity, drive and determination to even go ahead and take first few steps. The reason for that is because these types of people comprehend the reality. The REALITY that security and stability is harder to find when you follow your dreams because making alot of money wasn’t even your concern in the first place. Thus, the concern to start with was wondering how and when you’ll be able to make a living for yourself doing everything you love.
But the truth about this all, is that life incorporates no guarantees.
So those that prefer a lifestyle of stability and security, cannot assume that that stability and security will last forever because anything can happen at any given moment.
And people who prefer a lifestyle of freedom and expression, might some day expect the possibility that they are often placed in unfortunate circumstances that could shift their entire world overnight.
The purpose I’m trying to make is that magnified of these types you fall under, there are pros and cons to both. Risks and rewards for both. So what should we do about all of this???
Interestingly enough, right before penning this post I just so were ‘Googling’ about this topic to learn up on forums and have a broader scope in the thoughts and ideas of other individuals who analyze these exact points. And perhaps this is a sign or some sort of divine intuition, on the other hand came across a video on-line which involved a Ted-Talk about “Following Your Dreams”.
And as with any Youtube videos, within seconds of viewing; I immediately scroll right down to see what others are talking about in the comments. And that is the comment i found (below). Applications me to even move on with this post in my own words simply because this comment has an extremely powerful message behind it and covers everything I wanted to share and more. Enjoy….
Posted by Jason Ray1 last year
“My co-worker and I had a running bet. We both hated our jobs every put up $500 to the first to quit. I still text him every so often and ask how the old job is treating him, just like always he would reply. I do believe every year that you don’t follow your passion, the thicker the career skin grows. Annually this skin grows thicker and thicker, encapsulating all your hopes, dreams and ambitions. Until one full year, you just give in. You accept your position in the world and throw in the towel, you are an (_____) and that is what you will end up until you retire. “Well, a minimum of I’ll have my retirement years, which will be fun.” I hate to inform people to quit their job to adhere to their passions, but quit your jobs and follow your passions! The greater people who do, greater people will get the needed encouragement to accomplish the same. It’s not about luck, it’s about penetrating the fear. I have fear everyday, I don’t know if my new business venture works out, but at the very least I’m going to give it a shot. I’d be a little more disappointed if I didn’t try at all vs failing. I paid attention to an audiobook “30 Lessons for Living” 2-3 weeks before I quit. You’ll want to read it. This guy interviewed Hundreds of elderly people and asked them what they would do differently. One of several questions was about a career change. “Spending 2000 hours per year at a job you hate is really a waste of life,” is the place where one of them replied. The consensus of all was to just find something more important, anything else. Don’t live in misery. ”