By Marshall Reddy
As of this writing, there is just over one month before the end of 2016. That’s it. One year older, 365 sunsets and one year closer to taking that inevitable final breath. If that sounds depressing, it is, at least it is for the millions of Americans that merely exist in their job. Day after day, year after year, they perform services and produce widgets to make someone else’s business successful. Most people will never muster up the courage it takes to be their own boss, and to experience professional freedom. Sadly, they will just figuratively or literally punch a clock until they become too old, are marginalized and then shown the door.
My favorite quote is one from an unlikely source. It’s an excerpt from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt in 1910. Just like Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” and Kennedy’s “Ask not what you can do for your country” speech, this is a call to arms to anyone that has dared to control their own destiny. I would like to share it with you.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
If that excerpt is motivating to you, and has stirred some emotion, there is hope for you yet.
I believe that what you do for a living should bring you energy, be fulfilling and cause you to jump out of bed in the morning to make a change. If your current job doesn’t bring you that, then the opposite is happening. It is draining your energy, squashing your dreams and slowing you down like walking through ankle deep mud. Life is NOT about work, it’s about a collection of experiences, to love daringly, take chances and not regretting anything.
Break the cycle! The first thing to do is allow yourself to dream. Get lost in your thoughts and then transfer that positive energy into action. The internet should keep you busy for a while as you conduct your research. Opportunities are everywhere. Check us out at www.marshallreddy.com