You may have noticed that the global economy is changing. The planet is taxed by over-consumption. Depression, burn-out and illnesses of all kinds are at all-time highs. I’ve personally suffered from depression and burnout. Thankfully, I’ve recovered because I’ve taken key steps that honour me. It has, however, been a journey.

Many people feel stuck on a crazy train they feel they can’t stop. How do you stop the rat race? How do you free yourself from debt or from paycheck to paycheck living? How can you create meaning in your day to day?

I’m of the belief that moulds are made to be broken. I think that an industrial economic model designed for a mostly uneducated mass with few opportunities to change their situation is hardly fit for an effervescent contemporary world with an all-access pass to the Internet.

The 40-hour work week, with set hours in a specific location did have its managerial advantages.

The lack of “work security” and the archaic time-for-money exchange (as opposed to value creation and product delivery) has depleted morale and has left many feeling trapped. It’s no wonder many people question their position in a traditional work setting, whether blue or white collar.

Find your wings, follow your true north. - Bright Star Mercedes

The J.O.B. Paradigm

I’ve often wondered where “job” comes from. A coach once told me was that a job stood for “just over broke”. It stuck with me.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked in traditional jobs for almost 9 years and I’m grateful for the income and experience. Soon I realized I didn’t want to make a career out of office work. In fact, I’ve recently made the jump to self-employment (I’m working from home!). Do I have a plan? Certainly. It may take adjustments to make the transition, but I believe they’ll be worth it. Life is made to be experienced, lived, enjoyed.

There’s something to be said for finding joy in your work, in your current situation. If you’re passionate, great, keep it up. If you’re not, then add love to have ground to stand on and move toward your goals. Step into an action you love even more. Know that the paradigm is outdated and is convenient for less and less people. Know that it’s ok not to fit in. Just be ready to do something about it.

If you’re feeling like the Monday-Friday 9-to-5 lifestyle doesn’t suit you, read up on Tim Ferris’ 4-hour work week and read on thought leaders such as Brendan Burchard and Anthony Robbins.

I truly hope you find your wings and follow your true north!

 What can you do to find your wings? What box can you step out of? What step can you take to be closer to your ideal lifestyle?