A phrase that has always resonated with me is “9 to 5 until you’re barely alive.” This refers to the typical path a lot of people choose to follow: get a safe job and sit at a desk until you’re about 65 1/2 years old.
This idea is one of the reasons I’m compelled towards entrepreneurship. I’ve met, and continue to meet numerous people who hate their jobs and accept that it has to be that way until they retire.
“Uninspiring” comes to mind.
They believe it because they’ve been told to do it their entire lives. This is how the world worked for our parents and their parents, so it is how it must work for us.
I’ve been told that I’m a dreamer. I’ve been told to live realistically. I’ve been told that I need to live this way or that way. I’ve been told to believe this or that. I’ve been told how to live. My realization: the only way I can live the way everyone wants me to, is to live the life of Harold Crick ((http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stranger_than_Fiction_%282006_film%29)):
No thank you. Keep the prepackaged life, sanitized of all disappointment but also sanitized of all adventure.
Most people live today trying to avoid failure.
They are so terrified of it that they choose to not try rather than risk failing.
This might work, but it might not. I’m OK with that.