Career and life path

09/07/2020

Be The Change │ Awareness │ Is our road, life path our own, what about our destiny, awareness is key


Do my career choices provide me with the best way forward in life? It is intriguing how little we appreciate the importance and impact of our choices, particularly when it comes to our career and quality of life (QOL). I tend to say that most people walk in the footsteps of their ancestors, and follow the roads built, and offered to them, by modern society. Very few have the courage to make their own footsteps and follow their own path. The sad thing that happens to the 95% or more people following this ready-made life path is that they become and are very safety orientated, which obviously people see as sensible because everyone else is walking that path already, hence it must be safe. The problem is that the safer we feel, the more fragile we become, however nature does not appreciate weakness, survival of the fittest is the natural world order and over time will always put humans in their place.

Imagine for a moment people slowly walking forward in tidy lines with their heads hanging low. These people do not have the courage to look left, right, back or forward, all they see is the next pair of footsteps in front of them, which they will step into. This is my interpretation of society, most people are bound to their ultimate faith, because they are so predictable, they choose not to face and encounter anything that might disrupt or change their feeling of security. This has been happening for hundreds, maybe thousands of years, but only now in this present global age can we truly make sense of the damage this type of lifestyle has done to us.

A person who does not create their own perspective of the world around them is stuck in a type of fake reality, a reality made for them, not by them. This type of life and mentality influences and heavily impacts their:

  • Level of self-esteem (I am nothing, I can change nothing, I can influence nothing, I am change resistant because I am afraid of what could be)
  • Mind and its potential processing power (reduced creativity due to lack of impulses and openness to what could be, life bound to facts rather than open-minded thinking)
  • Sense of freedom and purpose (the sense of freedom is determined by society, and the rules and laws it sets, people see themselves as an extension of that society rather than in charge of their own life)
  • Level of intelligence and awareness (belief in structured learning processes proposed by others rather than putting trust in your own ability to learn, educate and develop yourself through balancing of experiences, as well as theoretical and philosophical thinking)
  • Ability to face up and take control of situations (I am a follower and therefore should not challenge the status quo, I always choose the easy rather than the hard road)
  • Sense of justice (always stand behind the mob and back the collective approach rather than what feels right or makes sense)
  • Values and ethical outlook (my values are not my own, I trust the collective approach and society, I have no ethics because I do not listen to my soul, I choose to follow the collective)
  • Need to put themselves first (I am a shallow individual, my own interest, greed and selfish agenda comes first, people and community, even family in many cases are of secondary importance, I exploit others and the world to gain more power and money)
  • Health and wellbeing (I trust the things that society backs and promotes, big brands over small production, peer pressure and trends guide me and dominate my behaviour, I blindly follow doctors and health recommendations made by society, I do not have the courage to try new things).

These are some of the most common areas of concern, reasons that keep us locked down and see to it that we remain weak, not strong, and dependent on society rather than being independent and in charge of our lives. For me the idea of freedom is paramount, because only when you are truly free can you ever start your journey towards finding happiness and in the end a tranquil life, which requires a deeper level of awareness and self-exploration mindset, as well as sustainable lifestyle. To become part of the 5% or less people in this world who show any real potential of free thinking and not being puppets of society is not that easy. The problem is that it requires us to break free from a strong belief system and habit of living, kept in check by deep-rooted fear. 

Change is not simple, for instance if we would like to change our poor food and drink habits and start using pure organic ingredients etc. the body would have to endure a heavy change and clean-up process, as it has for years been trying to adapt to not having access to good quality food and drink. For any actual change to take place the body must endure a period of change, rehabilitation if you like, which often feels worse than the situation before. Why? Because this is how nature differentiates the weak from the strong, if things are too easy, too simple, we tend to learn nothing, no actual evolution takes place and we would not be truly grateful for what we have learnt.

Change takes time, which is something we should always remember to embrace, not complain about. So, if we want to change who we are, we must firstly commit to the process and accept that it takes time, there are no shortcuts and we should not pursue such options, it is disrespectful to nature. To be, or not to be, a puppet of society, is a very real and difficult question. Changing all areas of our life takes time, and whilst the most important step we can take are associated with our health and wellbeing, what we drink and eat, and how much we sleep, there is another major area that needs to be taken into account, our work life and career approach.

Any employment directly influences many aspects of our life and wellbeing, especially our level of:

  • Stress and burnout risk
  • Submissiveness and free thinking
  • Joy of life and happiness
  • Meaningfulness and purpose
  • Intelligence and awareness
  • Personal growth and balance
  • Ethics and sense of justice.

All of these, and many other aspects of work life, can either have positive or negative outcomes depending on the:

  • Employer (their values and the work setting they provide)
  • Leadership quality (the level of organisation, as well as balance of empowerment, control, communication, coordination etc.)
  • Workforce quality and values (recruitment of the right types of people, workforce belief and willingness to represent the values of the business, as well as level of workforce unity rather than self-centered thinking)
  • Personal attitude (do I fit in, do I want to fit in, am I working for salary only or do I work withsomething I actually enjoy).

You see, the thing about life is, that all things need to work together seamlessly, because a great employer is not great without great people and leadership, great people cannot achieve greatness without a great company, structure and leadership. The problem with the world is that we think small and admire insignificant achievements, we fix one thing at the time and focus a lot of our energy on fixing these isolated issues, just like doctors who do not see the bigger picture, all they know is how to address, not even fix, isolated problems. Each and every fix, when not addressing the bigger picture leads to the next problem, and the next until it eventually ends up where it started.

The point is, we can keep doing this forever and we pretty much have, and as a result we, society and humanity in general, pretty much stand still in an age when we should be taking major leaps forward. It is so incredibly visible and clear, today in 2020, that both society and business found a way to totally reach a point of standstill or reverse. Can you name even one country or company that has resolved all the above questions and created the perfect model of progressive life, no, because it does not exist. And let me point out, if you tell yourself such a model exists you are lying to yourself, in which case I recommend some soul searching until you can see the truth in front of you.

I suppose it looks more and more like the world can only change through the actions of people, we all need to find and raise our own voice, start our own individual pursuit towards freedom and ultimately happiness, through the reduced reliance on society, employers and other controlling factors in life who seem to exist to tell us how we live, there is no happiness to be found at the end of such a tunnel. When people raise their level of awareness and sense of freedom, they simply become more, they start fixing things collectively and ultimately participate in the strengthening of society and business. They also fix the problems and issues that the people who control the world, society and business can never fix, why? Because in general terms, the educated (professors, academics...), rich and power hungry (leaders, politicians...) etc. are actually the people who contribute the least to the development of society, they only provide short-sighted solutions and never anything that considers the bigger picture, I can confirm this from experience, it is a cross-industry, cross-country fact.

These selfish and self-centered people rely on structure, a structure they did not build and develop themselves, a structure they actually do not understand because they cannot see and have lost touch to the foundation, the background, which is why 99% of the solutions they ever come up with, propose and implement actually lead to worse outcomes in the long run. Yes, things look and feel polished when they are new, however wear and tear is universal and the problems these individuals create over time are the real extension to a non-functioning society, which actually has become a machinery that works on squeezing out even the last drops of freedom out of this world. In ten years no one will care what fancy education someone has, no, all that matters is, do you have evidence of:

  • Track record
  • Hard and soft competency
  • Integrity, heart, soul and ethical values
  • Attitude to make things happen
  • Willingness to learn.

Reality is that true sustainability champions shape their own reality, they see the gaps and speak out, they put people first and work on creating a self-sustainable life, they are energetic not lazy and they know what their purpose is, they are slaves of no man, society or business...

Influencer | Niklas Christides