“If you do really like what you are doing – it doesn’t really matter what it is – you can eventually become a master of it. It’s the only way of becoming the master of something, to be really with it. And then you will be able to get a good fee for whatever it is. So don’t worry too much, somebody is interested in everything. Anything you can be interested in, you’ll find others who are.”
– Alan Watts, What if Money Was No Object
Should young men work hard?
Summer’s over and a lot of people are returning to school or getting their first real jobs.
It’s a stressful time.
Men everywhere are staying up until the wee hours of the morning as they try to meet deadlines and appease their corporate, and academic, masters.
Many of them are starting to wonder whether all of this stress and effort is really worth it.
The answer is “No”
In college I had some milquetoast male feminist professor who spent every English Literature class trying to find cases of sexism where none were present.
Sitting through that class was a pain.
So I didn’t go.
I still passed, and got an “A,” but I only showed up on the required days.
When I should have been listening to my teacher’s leftist drivel I was in the library reading Conrad and Hemingway.
You can spend a lifetime trying to satisfy your indifferent superiors.
They don’t care.
There are plenty of men who showed up early to work and did everything they were supposed to only for some robot or unpaid intern to replace them.
When I worked in a warehouse there were several employees who always went the extra mile.
What did they get in return?
An executive showed up and told everybody that they would not be getting a raise for the next five years.
Those types of situations are fairly common all over the world.
However, young men shouldn’t throw in the towel and give up on life.
The huge mistake that I see a lot of guys making
Numerous young men confuse being lazy with fighting authority or investing in themselves.
“F*ck college. I’m just going to play video games,” is loser talk.
Guys who are avoiding responsibility in order to goof off and delay adulthood are idiots.
Dropping out of school and refusing to get a job so that you can become a YouTube star or professional video game player isn’t a good idea.
If you are going to take an alternative path, you need to be willing to sweat and work hard.
Treat a hobby like your job
It’s 1:44 am as I type these words.
Earlier in the day I was making a free eBook to give you guys. It’s roughly 25 pages of original content and I didn’t have time to write a post.
Instead of falling asleep I’m going to stay up and see my project to the end.
This month I’ve dedicated all my time towards this site. As a result 30 Days To X has become huge. Readership would have never grown if I hadn’t geared up.
Focus on what you’re passionate about. Someone will eventually need your expertise.
If you like fixing motorcycles do that.
There are a million ways to make money. And most of them don’t involve wearing khakis and a cheap tie.
Start investing some time into the things you actually like.
Happiness has to do with where you live
Do you know what I had never seen before moving out west?
Guess what happened the first time I was walking down the street and spotted a girl with breast implants?
I spent the next 15 minutes smiling like a fool.
The worst day on the coast is better than the best day in Iowa.
When I lived in the Midwest I was angry and depressed all the time.
It’s an empty place without much for young men.
There are no museums or city parks and nothing is ever going on.
I have more friends, and fun, now than I did during the entire time that I lived in Iowa.
Where you live makes all the difference in the world. Staying in a place that doesn’t inspire you is pointless.
In the grand scheme of things you aren’t going to live very long. There are trees and tortoises with more longevity than you. Wasting 10, or 25, years of your 70-year lifespan on something that makes you miserable is just insane.
You should never risk your health and sanity to make someone else rich.
But you shouldn’t be a lazy slacker either.
Finding something that you love and dedicating yourself to it might sound a little silly and feel-good, but it’s true.
I’m living off thoughts that I posted to the Internet. That’s about as abstract and bizarre as you can get.
Work is always going to be work. I don’t want to sugar-coat anything. But when you’re working on something you love it doesn’t feel nearly as tedious and soul-sucking.
I’d rather do what I want and live where I want than waste my life trying to validate some uncaring corporate entity.
How about you?