I remember as a kid, everyone pretty much worked. I am not going to lie, the work was not something I found fun, easy, or enjoyable. being large and strong, you were simply put into that space where mule work was needed. “go carry this. go move that tree. go shovel that dirt.” the only time this worked to my advantage was a summer job at a flight simulation company where despite wanting to be an engineer, I worked in maintenance. Little did I know that much of the time I got to fix computer floors and see all the latest greatest toys in military simulation.
as an inventor/creator, there isn’t a whole lot of work that pays you to do what you love. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon and the trust-fundian glut I see today didn’t appear to exist in my generation. so, we worked, scrounged up whatever funds we could and then in our spare time did what others might call work, it trying to take ideas and launch them as products. why? I guess we thought others would enjoy them and we could make money.
fast forward to a company where for the first time I was paid to do just that. “think of any idea that will make us money.” and that was where I realized you can indeed get paid to do what you love. it is a magical space, as you don’t consider what you do work. it is what you want to do. I realize this is a small portion of society, as work to me is exerting effort in the hopes that a future result will happen.
I think a lot of the world thinks work is something you simply do for a wage. engaging your heart and soul in it doesn’t matter. for that, you take your funds you make and put them into entertainment, fun, and things you can acquire or possess. I call that short-term fun and happiness until the day you realize there is a lot more to life beyond one self and stuff.
but I am really amazed in Santa fe at the seeming lack of work. it is like you have a town of folks that want to work, but somehow, they think and feel if they talk about it, that Is all that has to happen and when the words are in the air – suddenly and magically – whatever that thought or need will be handed to someone.
in some respects, it reminds me of going to many different denominations of churches, where the preach about prosperity bible and how you are to be perfect.
what they forget is an actual guide to walking it out in life. listening is fine, but without the actions, what will you ever really get?