“I value time and freedom over money. I didn’t leave my job to make more money…It was everything else that I wasn’t happy with – the purpose behind the work I was doing, the lack of freedom at a traditional 9 -5, and the bureaucracy of a system that prevented people from doing their best.”
Quote I left on his comment page:
“To me, there is no purpose in what I’m doing at work, but I can improve personally through it. ”
I have been meaning to do a post of this magnitude, but reading my friend’s Adam blog yesterday triggered me to write about it. My job pays the bills and allows me the freedom on the weekends to take trips, rest, or do whatever. It is though, the same thing over and over again.
After one realizes that this is what it is happening, a person can do a couple of things: snap and quit the same-thing-every-day job and find another one that will feel the same a couple of months (or weeks) later; lose hope and motivation in life and continue to live their lives this way for the next 40 years; or stop complaining about work, find what’s good about it, figure out an exit strategy, and improve as a person.
Ever since I got into Corporate America, I have been gearing up for the great escape. I didn’t care how I was going to leave and not look back, but as many young people my age, I knew I didn’t want to live the lives of our parents. I knew it would be a dumb ass idea to quit and do nothing, so I kept thinking about what I should do while being paid.
Things Oke sucks at:
- Communication – I’m not that bad, but could get better by talking to more people and holding myself accountable by getting back to them at a reasonable time.
- Time/Project Management – This is probably the biggest weakness. Yes, I get to and leave work on time (who isn’t going to leave work on time?), but on the basis of getting the most important task/activity done on time, I’m truly the worst person ever!
- Professionalism – Anyone can play this important characteristic off. I’m one of the best at it. I want to be able to be more professional about what I do at work and with hopes that it will translate to me being the businessman I want to be.
- Laziness – Being a sloth at work is one of the easiest things to accomplish. Once something is completed and there isn’t much else to do, one becomes complacent and loses direction in what else that needs to be completed for the rest of the day.
- Daydreamer – Daydreaming is a past-time that isn’t going anywhere. I daydream about everything: what I’m going to do after work, how I’m going to surprise my girlfriend, the next business opportunity that I want to do, what I’m going to write in my novel, or if I’m going to go to sleep early and get the rest I need.
There are many behavior issues I am forgetting, but the point I’m making is that these are aspects of my working life that need to be improved, in order for me to be successful when I decide to hang up the Corporate America gig.
So, from now until I leave, I’m going to get better at being a better employee. I will see what I suck at in the present moment at work, write about it, develop a way I can improve on that negative, and determine how I can improve my overall personality as the person I want to be.
I wonder if I’m wasting my time doing this, but it will give me something to do, other than daydream about going home. I think I am more productive at home than at work. Kind of scary, especially since I’m not getting paid for one over the other. As the months to come, I’ll let everyone know how I’m progressing, and if anyone can learn from this experiment I’m doing.