Sandwiched in between the beginning and the end, is a lot of stuff that equates to the sum total of your life. Somewhere in between all of this stuff will be the remnants of a few vital choices. One of these vital choices is how you earn money, more notably known as your choice of career.
A full week consists of seven 24-hr days or 168-hrs. Let’s break this down and examine it in a little bit more detail. The experts will have you believe that you need at least eight-hours sleep per night (7×8=56). At my pomp I was working 12-hrs per day five days per week (5×12=60). So I spent 116-hrs of my 168-hr week either sleeping or working. Logic dictates that if I am going to spend 70% of my time either sleeping or working, then I need to invest in a very comfortable bed, immerse myself in a career that I derive pleasure from and surround myself with people that I connect with.
When the dust finally settles, human beings prefer life to be pretty static. Change is a fluctuation that very few people are comfortable having a relationship with. When you carve out your career, it is often very difficult to break away from it. This is true whether or not you love what you do or hate every minute of it. Our bodies are tuned to make sure we conserve as much energy as we can. Your career consists of an incredible amount of energy, energy you have personally divested over a long period of time. It goes against our primordial instincts to want to change our jobs because our reptilian brain will see it as a waste of energy.
There are some of us who embrace change better than others. These people move from job to job, always looking for something better. You may know someone of this ilk, but even these chameleons find a colour and stick with it eventually. So when it comes to choosing your career, and taking into consideration the conservation of vital energy, then getting it right first time would be a significant advantage. This is far easier said than done because you are often inexperienced when it is your turn to throw the dice.
When your time in the playground becomes scarce, and you find yourself chained the desk, you look to your parents and the educational system for support. In the end both of these will let you down. Our educational system was created eons ago and it a generic system of learning that does not fit snugly with individualism and the technologic timeline that we now all operate. So education is unreliable. This leaves the parents and they are often caught in a quandary. They feel a need for speed. They believe that the world is a mess and jobs are scarce. They are not sure whether or not to push you into the first paying job that becomes available, or have the patience to help you achieve your dreams. Most parents don’t even possess the skills to select the latter as an option.
If we want our education system to stick its head above the parapet, then we may be waiting a long time. If you like excuses and are yearning for a reason not to change then choose the education system to help your children make the correct decisions surrounding how they spend 73% of their time. Go ahead and vote for the MP who is promising the greater educational reform, cross your fingers and pray to your deity.
It is about time that we took a stand and took matters into our own hands. When our sperm and eggs unite we create our offspring and the act of parenting becomes our main responsibility. The path through life that your child will take consists of bricks and mortar supplied by you. Do not under-estimate the influence you will have over the future of your child’s life. Whether consciously or sub-consciously they will act as you act and they will follow your worldly advice like a dog chasing his favourite ball.
Please don’t cast your child’s life into the sea and watch as it bobs and weaves with the tides of life. Realise your responsibility and grab it firmly with both hands. Teach your children to understand the importance of meaning and purpose. Help them find the greatest way to spend 73% of their life and this doesn’t just mean buying them a great bed for Christmas.
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