Escaping Normality

When you think of normal, what comes to mind?  A guy who drinks his morning cup of coffee on the way to his 9-5?  The real question is, why do we all strive to attain mediocrity?

Now, some of you could say I’m a hypocrite when it comes to the subject.  I’m going to a 4 year university and majoring in the business category.  However, I consider it my back-up. Yes, I really have made my college education my plan B. (no, not the birth control jackass)  Basically if none of my other ideas in life make me a living doing something I would enjoy much more than a 9-5, I’ll always have that to fall back on.  It’s always good to have a fallback.

But this article is about you.  Do you really want to be another person working for someone else just to afford the things to keep you and your family happy and healthy?  It’s not a rhetorical question- I know plenty of people that are quite content with the idea.  But that’s just it- most everyone looks at life with this as their max expectation.  The ones that see life in a different light are the people who are doing something that they are either passionate about or that makes them a LOT of money.  Usually both.  I can rattle off names to give you examples- Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, etc etc.  But what you may fail to realize is that there are thousands, likely millions, of others who make a great living doing work they don’t consider work.  That’s when it’s easy.  That’s when the money flows into your life and you don’t have to worry about waking up at 6 a.m. the next morning.

Here’s what you’re going to tell me, “But he’s not mentioning the risk involved.”  Sure, there’s risk- but the way I choose to think of it is like this: I’m risking working 9-5 for the majority of my life by NOT taking the chance to make more money doing what I love.  You really shouldn’t even have to read the rest of this article, that one line should be enough.  But in case you’re not quite convinced I’ve got a little more for you.

Okay, so you’re still concerned about risking your lively hood on something that may not work out.  Then do a variation of what I’m doing!  I’ll tell you right now, I do not want to end up in that office doing whatever work my boss lays on me for the week.  I want to sit in my own office, in my house, overlooking the sea.  Or something like that anyway.  But I’m not afraid to fail, and you shouldn’t be either.  If I end up having to work a regular job for a few years, so be it.  Because I’ll still be working on new ways to escape normality even then.  I have until whatever the retirement age is to escape that job.  There is no downside.  You CAN find the time.  Don’t you think most of those people who have become rich doing something different have had a lot of other obligations?  Of course they did.  Do you think they ever thought about what might happen if they didn’t succeed?  Absolutely.  But the one thing they didn’t have to question was their will to escape the norm.  To breakout from the rest and become a leader in life.  And now a lot of them help others do the same.

I’m not telling you to quit your day job and start auditioning at the local theatre.  I’m telling you to go there directly after you get off and knock that audition out of the park!  Your family and friends won’t laugh at you.  And if they do, then they just provide more evidence to what I’ve been trying to tell you all along- people are afraid to be different.  So power ahead and lead the pack for a change.  Hell, runaway and start your own pack full of more motivated wolves who want to make money their own way.  And if you don’t get the wolf reference it’s okay- just try something different and at the very least you can have one less regret.

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