Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Why Are You Afraid of the Future

For many of us, staring into the future is like looking into a deep, dark ocean at night.

It is uncertain, rough and consuming. This is also the reason why many white-collar workers are so afraid to confront their future selves, so much so, that when asked the question,

"Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?"

You either get an interview-styled-cookie-cutter answer or a blank stare. The truth is, very few corporate rats have an honest answer to this question. They fear it so much that they give very little thought to the question and hang on to the fact that someday, just someday their careers will 'take off'.

So they end up running really hard on that endless treadmill, chasing the next paycheck, the next promotion and when they finally reach the top of the corporate pyramid, they work even harder to mend broken relationships and make up for the time lost.

The corporate rat race is a negative-sum game (yes, everyone loses).

If you see the whole picture by now, you will understand that it's not about hating your job or the organisation that you work for;

It's about breaking free from the reliance of a paycheck.

It's about breaking free from the 'low income, fine taste' lifestyle of corporate rats.

It's about having the choice to quit the rat race to pursue something more meaningful to you.

It's about breaking free from the chains of convention.

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