The J Word NZ

Instruction #9

Change and taxes, they say, are the only two constants of life. We all embrace and resist different changes that come up in our lives depending on our individual fears. Some people love to travel, some don’t. Some like to participate in high-risk sports some don’t. Our attitudes toward fear don’t make us any better or worse than the next person they are merely a sum total of our life experiences and conditioning.

I remember a time when I thought the only way to live was by having a 9-5 office job where I knew what the salary would be each week, could climb some type of corporate ladder and plan out every day, week, month even year of my life accordingly. At the time I felt an element of safety in that, even though the daily grind was just that … a grind. I recall days driving down the same street, to the same place, to sit in the same chair for another day and just feeling the weight of it all. Feeling something but I didn’t quite know what. I now call it occupational depression. The overwhelming sense of dread performing a repetitive task in an industry or job that you have no passion for. It’s soul destroying stuff.

A lot of my friends are self-employed. Not the corporate type of self-employed but the Mum/Dad kind. Small local business self-employed. People who have jumped off the hamster wheel, given it the finger, taken something they LOVE to do and have made a business out of it. The end result being productivity, self-sustainability and above all else HAPPINESS!

When you aren’t feeling satisfied in your work that misery can seep into every other area of your life. Not only do your children, partner, friends, family and pets suffer but more importantly YOU suffer.

If you aren’t happy where you are then change it. You have the ability, the power and no one can stop you. Light the fire under your passion and believe in yourself. The universe will take care of the rest.


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