We hear it all over the world from all sort of sources – we are slaves to the current economic system. We have to work in order to earn money which allows us to purchase the necessary goods for the living, and if we’re lucky – pay the mortgage for a property.
It’s not an easy one. We are used to living like this for a few generations now, and even though the WW2 in Europe has revalued the whole concept of such as lifestyle, this system has, in some way, ‘enslaved’ the major part of society all over the world.
Not many of us have the luxury to ditch everything and move to Asia to find yourself and reassess the Western values for living. We have family, kids, work contracts and all sort of commitments. Or simply we are just terrified to make such a big move. The fear of unknown overpowers us to the point that feeling ‘enslaved’ in the system perhaps isn’t what we want, but it feels familiar.
The good news is, that in order to stop feeling ‘enslaved’ we do not have to ditch everything, leave our work and the place we call home. Perhaps we cannot change the system (at least not yet!) but we can change the way we think about us within it.
Here are a few tips to change your thinking around this concept:
1. Work shapes your character.
We live in the times when we have many jobs in the lifetime. It doesn’t always matter what you do, but how you do it. If you work in a place where you absolutely feel exploited and unhappy – leave. Save some cash, or secure next full-time employment and get out. You got to do it for your health and in some cases, the health of those around you.
2. Find a ‘higher’ mission.
If your job is not a dream one, but okay to cope with, you got to find a higher mission in it. In other words, you got to see things in a bigger picture with long-term benefits for your growth. Even when the company you work for do not pay a penny towards your professional development.
3. Focus on people you work closely with.
You can make a difference. When I used to work for international companies I saw myself as a source of service rather than a robot. I chose to provide the best service possible, not because my goal was to make the top bosses rich, but because I wanted to make the best experience possible for my customers and colleagues. It didn’t always work out well, but it helped me to feel at least, party fulfilled. When working as English teacher in Vietnam my mission was rather clear – get most people possible familiar with the language. That was hard work I must admit. So I decided to see it as doing voluntary service for which I get paid.
4. Make sure you pursue your passions.
If you think, that you don’t have any – find them. When we say that “we don’t have time” we often mean that our priorities are different. Commit to your passions. Even if it’s an hour once a week. You’ll never know where they can take you… You may end up at your dream job, and discover your life mission.
And most importantly…
You will never feel a slave to the system if you are able to see a higher mission in what you do. And if you can’t do that, you may well want to take a careful look at your values. Perhaps feeling a slave to the system is your excuse for taking responsibility for your life?