Logic Of The Day: 09.02.2018
You want to change your situation. You want a better career or a calling. Deep down, you know you’re not giving the world your full effort, but you feel like you still have time. There’s always tomorrow, or next week, or next month. You tell yourself you’re going to break out of the job you hate eventually. But it never happens. You look up to find yourself filled with regret over what you could’ve done. You’re older, have less energy, and are resigned to the role you currently have.
A job isn’t just a job. It’s literally a third of your life. You could spend the remaining third of your life hating what you do or a best tolerating it, but it would be such a waste.
The stoic philosopher Seneca discusses our relationship with time and death at length in his collection of essays- Shortness of Life. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from the book: “You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by, you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.”
When I’m afraid to write my next book, feel doubt when working on a new product for my business, or am petrified when I’m about to speak on stage in front of 1,000 people, I think of Seneca’s words.
He also says, “Life is long if you know how to use it.”
That’s what makes finding the right work so important. How you choose to spend a third of your life will make it seem longer or shorter.
That being said, your job isn’t the cause of your animosity, it’s a symptom of your choices. It’s on you to to change.
~ Ayodeji Awosika.
Excerpts From The Article; "The Secret to Successfully Dealing With a Job You Hate That Almost No One Ever Uses"