I was scared after I was forced to drop out of Uni. I couldn’t get a loan to study. I wanted to be an architect. I studied from the age of 5 to 19.
14 years of planning in motion that became dust. Disappointment happens. I spent 2 years wondering what I should do. Where do I go. I followed everyone. Backup option was 9-5 job. The default option. I had no other plans. I 100% believe that not every 9-5 job is bad. However I know I am working most of my life for someone else to get majority of the portion of my time of my life and most of my money. I felt like I am a slave to the game, rules to control me. I had to take the plunge to face my fears.
I couldn't find a job I loved. I was afraid of not being able to do what I wanted during the day. So I started to come up with ideas my employers can use. The didn't accept any of it - the break through did come. After 3 years.
It was worth the wait to succeed as an Entre-ployee. It was an informal thing. I helped people to plan their own business. Then I went of to do my own thing on the back of it.
When I was in school I would want to go to the museum during the day. I would want to spend time with friends at the park . I would want to try to write novels. I would come home. I would be too tired to do anything else but to watch telly. I achieved or experienced nothing. Not it's different. I learned how to be the luckiest person in the world.
At most of my job, I felt shackled and trapped. I would go in to work at 6 am in the dark, I would finish work, it would be dark. I had to kiss *ss on the boss so he would either not fire me, or he wouldn't promote me, or he would give me tasks that were boring. I didn't see the sun for more then 2 mins all winter for 5 days a week. I had to learn to escape and stop being a slave.
I didn’t like having a person order me around. I didn’t like being scared of him. I locked the freezer door from the inside so I could write 10 ideas. But I was repeatedly given warnings for being slow. I wasted my time doing something I didn't love. I wanted to improve.
I hated some blob “warning” me for living a life I wanted to live, even if I got all my meaningless tasks done. Some of the tasks were like: “putting buns in toasters for 9 hours with 45 mins and another 15 mins break”. Another task was, “watch my car while I go and pick something up.” And then I got in trouble when a NCP gave the car a ticket.
I was always scared. Scared for my meaningless existence. Not only had I led a life worth unexamining, it seemed my future was even worth less examination. The boss would call me in his office. He was 25 years old. Not much older than me but he was a blob about to become a millionaire and I was just a piece of blob worth nothing.
He said, “Don’t you have any pride in your work?”
And I turned red and he just watched me. And he said, “Answer the question.”
But I had no answer. I had no pride in my work. So I was embarrassed front of others. And I had to hitchhike home the day I was kicked very low. I got depressed. I felt useless. I was going to disappear without making any dent. I was scared.
Now we live in a new world. A world where your job is something worth doing. Where there are opportunities with their hands out, waiting to be touched and loved, if you just reach out as far as you can and touch them back.
I was a slave. To escape, I needed a master plan, I needed the cheat and rules of the game. Get creative to be a blob worth being something. I couldn’t afford to quit straight away. Instead create opportunities to put my master plan in to action. I became and entre-ployee.
Here are ten reasons you shouldn’t have a job. Instead ten reasons to create your own masterplan.
1) One Job = Only One Source of Income
According to the HMRC, the average multi-millionaire has seven different sources of income.
A job is just one source of income. Not only that, your one job is taxed 20%-50% then some more, to the point where you are left with 1/10th of your income! Most of it goes to fight wars and pay for things you would never pay for.
Plus your boss takes out money for not only insurance and “savings” (because you can’t be trusted with your own money) but they take out money (trust me, since I’ve been a boss also) for your desk, your computer, and basically your right to work for them (since they need to extract more value out of you than you deliver so that they make more money than you).They chain you so you are just paid enough to live but not to thrive.
2) Imagine Your Job Is Your Business
A business often has multiple lines of income. You spend a few hours each week on each product line.
But a job takes up 60 hours at least. 40+ hours of work. Plus another 10 hours of transportation. Plus mind-numbing tasks you can do to inoculate yourself against the pain of having to go back to work the next day. You are constantly reminded that you have go back to work. So for 2-3 hours a night you have to do everything you can to forget that painful fact. There is a need to be strict and respect your own time. See the 15 Hacks for your own time.
If you view your job the way a businessperson views a line of revenue, you would say, “this is the worst business possible. I need to switch businesses.”
3) Your Job is the Walking Dead
I was talking to Robin Chase, the founder of Zipcar. “Eventually – 10 years maybe – driverless cars will be the only cars on the road (Driverless UBER is coming!).
The auto industry and all of its ancillary industries will have 90% fewer employees and those people will have nowhere to go.”
Steven Kotler, author of “Tomorrowland” and “Bold”) was saying that even therapists are no longer needed. “Returning soldiers talk to AI-based therapists to determine if they have PTSD or Depression or not.” He said, “Lawyers, therapists, and even all of middle management will soon be replaced by AI and robotics”
So who is left? Blue collar will be gone and most of white collar will be gone.
The 0.1% will be left. The ones who will allocate capital away from hiring workers towards hiring robots to shelve Walmart shelves, do your therapy, take care of your legal and accounting needs, and drive the 0.1% to their malls and stores.
“What will happen to the other 90%?” I asked Robin. But she had no real answer. “They will need help!”
Who will help them? Who? There is no answer. Nobody cares. Depending on your career path, if you don’t quit your job, explore other options, your job is going to quit you.
4) You Have No Friends
I’ve had lots of jobs. I admit I am a bit pathetic. But I have no friends from previous jobs.
Most of those “friends” were nice to me because I sat next to them and smiled, while I listened to them beg pathetically to their girlfriends or boyfriends all morning after an argument and then someone would hang up on someone.
Then they would show up during my specific job and try to take out their frustrations on other employees. Everyone gossiped. Everyone was sad. It was a horrible environment. Everyone hated it.
The employee manual was always there to dictate what we should wear, what we should say to members of the opposite sex, who we needed to report intimacy to if such a thing were to occur in such a sterile environment. Worst case, get told how to crack open eggs.
Then I’d get a new job and have new "friends".
5) Income is Disappearing
In the past 25 years, average real income has gone from £27,380 to £25,100. Why? Who knows. Because nobody cares.
Then the talking blobs on TV tell you have to start saving during those years. We live in a time of austerity. Meanwhile, the cost of living has gone up. How do you save, when it costs more to LIVE, while the money coming in the bank is going down.
Society is being strangled. I don’t blame anyone. It’s not the government’s fault. It’s not financial districts fault. Jobs were a myth from the beginning.
People earned their own trade based income dating back to 6000BC. Then half way through 19th century Industrial Revolution standardised society, so that factory workers would show up at the same time, have the same education, hit the same bolt on the same nut at the same time, and get paid every two weeks. Now every month.
The Internet economy came which globalised the idea of a job. Now we live in the Idea economy where the wealth is moved from the people who do the work to the people who have the ideas. It’s not evil. It’s just the course of human history and how change is always inevitable.
Jobs are not evil. It's those environment that strangles you.
The economy is about to undergo massive change. For 100 years we’ve been worried about inflation – the idea that prices always rise. But “always” is always wrong. With changes in biotech – healthcare costs will eventually go down as focus goes from “cure” to “prevention.”
With driverless cars as well as batteries – car costs and energy costs will go down. With AI and robotics – many jobs will be done more efficiently…and not by humans. Computers – prices are going down. 3D printing and drones – costs of shipping will disappear.
Virtual reality – costs of everything from games to transportation will disappear or go to near zero. Technology has now reached THE DREAM – the idea that the benefits of technology will drive down the costs needed to pay for it.
Which is good (we will pay less for the things we love). And is bad (no need for you anymore. No need to pay you anymore). This is not 50 years in the future. This is already happening now. And will only get worse/better no matter what government “solutions” are going to bail people out.
7) There Are Alternatives
This is the magic of every business being developed now:
A) A group of people have excess capacity (for example, extra rooms in a house that are never used. Or extra seats in a car).
B) There is a group of people who will buy that excess capacity
C) There is a “platform” created to mediate between “A” and “B” and handle all monetary transactions, problems, logistics, etc. (e.g. Airbnb, Uber, and 100s more).
This “Excess Capacity” economy is only getting bigger. There are many ways to be in group “A”. There are many platforms now – not just Airbnb and Uber. But Alibaba, Ebay, Etsy, Infusionsoft, and maybe 100 others.
Start researching the excess capacity in your life and how to monetise it. It might even be mental excess capacity. Don’t underestimate what you have in your mind or in your garage.
We live in an “idea economy”. So perhaps first you have to exercise the idea muscle. Don’t buy a course, or a workshop or any BS that the reverends of self-help with no great specific point of execution they will try and sell you. Most people can't help their self. How are they going to help you? How will you be the luckiest person in the world with your ideas?
They give the briefest of injections of false hope to fight off the never-ending despair of change. Only attend things which has execution as the conclusion. Be specific and receive the same specifics.
Write down 10 ideas a day to exercise this idea muscle. You will build it. It will be magic. Trust me. It changed me from crying curled up on the floor to being free from my shackles. Your life will change for the better every 6 months.
8) Here Are Some Ideas to Start You Off
I was scared because so many people were writing me they didn’t know what to do as they were losing their jobs. So I cold-wrote the CEO of the largest freelance job company in the world. Freelance.com’s CEO, Matt Barrie.
I asked, “How can people earn £1,500 in a weekend with only a few months worth of training.”. He wrote back immediately (note: I have no affiliation with him and there are many sites like his so I am not even pushing his site here.)
He wrote back (thank you Matt!):
“Every single project is tailor-made based on the needs and requirements of each employer. Nevertheless, please find a list of projects where freelancers can easily make £1,500 or more in just a couple of days:
1 Video Animation
video projects for KickStarter/Indiegogo or an animation explainer videos for a new product/service launch are an easy and quick job to do online.
e.g. for E-commerce stores (Shopify, Magento), we have seen a huge increase in e- commerce, as well as social media commerce.
3 Website testing or Web Scraping
last minute changes on the site before the big launch, companies want to make sure the site would work as intended so they simply hire someone to test it throughout.
4 Website Development and Design
(as you said, WordPress fits in this category) – it can be templated but it’s quick and efficient and it looks good.
5 Children’s Book Illustration
incredibly popular job on the site that pays quite well. Self-publishing is a big thing these days and illustrators on the site can provide for a huge range of different design styles that fit any requirements.
we have seen numerous requests from people needing help with their business plans or book editing hiring experts in the field on Freelancer.com. It’s especially popular among not native speakers when they need something done in English or another language and they want to do it right.
7 3D Rendering and Architecture Design
huge skill on the site, studios are willing to pay a lot of money to get last minute support and help with their projects or contests.
8 Software Architecture
this speaks for it's self!
9 App development
full time staff or freelance temp workers may not always be available to help out, especially during the weekends, while our developers on the site can easily fix any issue or help to finalise the project when deadlines are tough.
10 Photoshop or any other design work
companies would pay substantial money to have their PowerPoint, Infographics, Brochures or Keynote presentations designed by a professional designer on the site.”
I’m not saying you should do these things. But opportunities and if you think you don't have the sills to the above, education are there right now.
9) Where is the Education
Hotcourses, lynda.com, Khan Academy, Coursera, Udemy, Codeacademy, Udacity, Skillshare, are a few of many.
None of these will make you do better at your job. They will all give you ideas for alternative sources of income that can eventually replace your job. Again, I have zero affiliation with them however have taken courses at most of them. My 13 year old cousin takes classes via Codeacademy.
10) A Stable Salary is Fake
The worst thing you can have is a stable salary. A stable salary gives you no feedback on how you are doing. You always make the same every month. Instead, income should be feedback. If it is going up, you can scale the parts of your income that are working. If it is going down, you can change the things that are not working well.
This is how people make a lot of money.
A stable salary is an addiction (thank you Nassim Taleb for pointing that out) that fools one into thinking they are doing ok until the day they are fired. Feedback is knowledge. Knowledge leads to greater happiness.
11) Be Happy With Less
A bonus one, about 6 months ago I threw away almost everything I owned. I still throw away something everyday that I haven't used in more then 3 months. If it can’t fit in one bag, I don’t have it. Some people need two bags. That’s fine. No judgement. Take ten bags.
But some people need £X in the bank. Or they always wanted Y to waste away in their closet. Value stories and experiences over objects. You can get a story today for free. If not your own, then listen to others.
Imagine a story: the story of you between now and the moment you last close your eyes.
The story people will tell at your funeral. What happens on that story? Are you shuffling paper? Are you serving people who don’t deserve you? Are you friends with temporary people who will gossip behind your back?
Are you taking orders from the masters? When you were a child, you wanted to draw and to write and to act and to make people laugh. How long will you postpone that until it is too late.
How long were these hands that were made to create beauty, be stunted in their growth while they create nothing? Before we were five, we were free from the wounds of our parents, our lovers, our peers.
And then we became infected with their open, emotional wounds that they got from their parents and friends. Once we got infected, we began to live their lives. Their pains, their wounds and diseases. Their fears.
Now is the chance to cure ourselves. To live the life we want. To ignite once again your creativity. To break free from the life of prison and horror.
Every day, I wake up and hope I can do it.
To make people laugh. To make people delight and love. To create and feel that pleasure of creation. I don’t want to die today. I want to live the life I always dreamt I would live. You can see the worksheet by Tim Ferriss which makes you realise and then analyse the fear which is putting you off. Learn hhow to overcome your fear.
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