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The salary is the drug they give you to forget your dreams

Soul destroying is what they were. McDonalds, Call Centres and a job I spent years studying for, that wasn’t what I thought it would be.  The salary is the drug they give you to forget your dreams. This is what made it bearable, the reward at the end of each fortnight. I was no different to one of Skinners rats. I saw no value in what I was doing, nor could I see a future. There were two trains of thought here, attempt to find value in what I was doing or put the work into another career.

It’s not unusual to hate your job. It takes up half of your time and you can’t see yourself doing it for the rest of your life, it doesn’t have to though. But it takes consistent work to get onto a different path. And risk. And a plan. All of those scary difficult things that make you want to take a depression nap and avoid thinking. You don’t have to do this job for the rest of your life. You could have a different career every ten years and still be successful in each. But it involves fighting the fear of change and the social stigma of what a person must do.

Starting now

Every minute away from “work” is a holiday. Every break, every morning before, and evening after. That’s your holiday. We tend to think of a holiday as a week in Bali or Spain. A long weekend in Vegas hitting shows and drinks. All time not spent working is your chance to work on yourself. Your “holiday” if you will. If you catch yourself saying “I don’t have the time” that means it isn’t a priority. You will keep working for the salary. This goes for losing weight, making new friends, or upskilling. Most of us want to be in control of our own schedule, and have the autonomy associated with working for ourselves but don’t want to put in the work associated with getting there.

Make the most of it using this trick

If you want to make the most out of your limited spare time, start thinking strategically. Very few people do this. This is saying, “What am I trying to accomplish?” instead of “What should I do?” This prevents you from filling time and instead working towards a goal.

If the salary is the drug you’re taking now. What are you going to replace it with? Some use running to replace smoking. Think healthy to replace the unhealthy.