Let’s plat a game.
You guess who used to work at the Gap: Kanye West.
Guess who used to sell hot dogs at the Mall: Eva Mendes.
I heard President Andrew Johnson was a tailor,
George Washington was a surveyor,
Herbert Hoover was an engineer,
Theodore Roosevelt was a rancher,
And President Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer.
Hugh Jackman who plays Wolverine was a clown,
But look who’s laughing now.
You know what I noticed about successful people?
Successful people take a course of action which coincides with their belief or passion.
Put your hand up if you work a nine to five, or five to nine,
Or just any job which you don’t enjoy but takes up half your time.
Well hopefully in a couple weeks, months, days, year’s time,
You’ll be able to come back to this video, hear that first line, and keep your hand down.
Because how many times have you visualized taking the pen from the manager’s desk,
Or the one that the cashier keeps behind the till,
The one your supervisor places strategically in their hair,
Or the one the security guard keeps behind his ear
For extra intimidation in writing your resignation.
Because there’s nothing wrong with making an honest living.
But be honest, are you honestly living?
With this menial job which allows you just to stay afloat,
Yes, a job, a J-O-B
Which leaves you just over broke, every single month.
Living your life just for the weekend. Living life just on the weekend.
Because the other five days belong to your manager.
You see there’s a big difference between a job and a career.
Because in the career, no matter how many hours you work you do it because its satisfactory.
But in a job you do it for a salary. Because you’re stuck in the rat race.
And you know, being stuck in the race is one of the biggest of traps,
Because as a matter of fact, even if you win the rat race you’re still just a rat.
See I understand the need to have a job temporarily.
But pursue a career eventually.
Because in my J-O-B, I used to sell at least two hundred shoes a day,
And none of that was ever reflected in my pay.
One of my colleagues once made the company five grand in one month and you know what he got?
An e-mail, a £20 discount voucher, and a complimentary lunch.
And you think you’re safe because your job is commission-based.
Until you’ve been working there for three years and a secretary with the short skirt gets a promotion,
Because her and her boss went for dinner real late.
I’m sure you can relate.
But wait. Are we still happy, with an extra week holiday and a raise in the salary?
Perhaps, we need more clarity, let’s look at the “statistics.”
Because the industrial revolution was beneficial technologically,
But it coerced a lot of people into factories
For ridiculous salaries to benefit their families.
And that shaped people’s mentalities exponentially
And essentially it became the norm
To work for someone else by the turn of the century.
And I could have regurgitated facts and figures to support this,
But I choose not to boast
Plus, that would give them nothing to write about in the Huffington Post.
Now in three years, I’ve had six jobs
And that made me think that long-term, I could never be happy
Working one of these jobs.
And I used to have a rich uncle called Steve,
And they say the apple don’t fall far from the tree,
So, maybe subconsciously I was trying to get one of Steve’s jobs
I understand more than anyone
That a job allows you to pay the bills, make ends meet, and survive.
But that’s exactly what it is, surviving not living.
I hope you are aware of the difference,
It’s like when you hear, but don’t listen.
Because you can hear good advice, but if you don’t heed it
It does no benefit to your system.
The same way only knowledge with application is wisdom.
I hope you’re creating the distinction.
Shawn Corey Carter said it best:
“Nine to Five is how you survive, and I’m not trying to survive.”
So he strived hard for his dream and look where it took him.
So bear that in mind next time you drive pass that arena in Brooklyn.
But then again, survival is the only trait that every human being has in common.
And do not take this as a reason to quit your job,
Go back home and stare at a computer screen.
Because a government check plus idleness does not equal success,
Success will not fall in your lap.
In my family, we have a saying, it says:
“If you really want to grow trees pray for rain. But don’t neglect to water your seeds”
Chase your dreams, because I wrote this
On the back of the payslip on a late shift
The grave shift, a slave shift for makeshift wages
Google the term corporate sharecropping
And you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
If somebody wants, if somebody wants to do these jobs then let them.
And from the bottom of my heart, I respect them.
Because I once met garbage man who was the happiest man that I’ve ever met.
But don’t become a slave to a paycheck
Because a job is a safe net
The condom which the system uses to screw you
And none of us would be here if everyone practiced safe sex
And if you’re not sure if you’re building someone else’s dream
Maybe this will help.
Jerry Gillies said, “You will recognize your own path when you come upon it
Because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.”
And don’t be afraid to innovate.
Because it’s not about how much change you make,
But rather about how much change you make.
Because a business that makes nothing but money,
Is a poor business.
So you decide what your life is worth.
Your passion or your paycheck?
Because your “playing small” does not serve the world
Because what is our deepest fear – it’s not that we are inadequate
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”